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Agatha Christie

Dear Reader,

It has come to my attention that some crime writers have been giving out instructions and tips on how to commit crimes in their novels. For example I discovered to my horror that Agatha Christie was trained as a chemist and that she wrote some books which had clear misuse potential. The problem is that if the plot of a book explains to a would be murderer how to commit murder then it would provide the non expert with new ideas of how to commit this vile crime.

I would like to suggest that crime authors should in the interests of public safety not give out information which is of obvious use to evil doers. For example if a book was to be published in which it explains how to make a silencer for a firearm then the book could make it much more easy for someone to commit murder with a gun and get away with it. While I am not in favour of spoiling people’s fun through censorship I think it is reasonable that some information should not be circulated in a form which the general public can search or read with ease.

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