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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