The most popular ‘show’ in town

I THINK people who line up overnight to be the first to get a new phone or be first into a new shop are freaks.

Seriously, wait a few days, it will still be there.

We are used to seeing the lines of losers on the television news eager to be part of an apparently historic moment.


The sane among us just roll our eyes and thank God we have a life.

But the line I saw on the news on Monday night made me sick.

It was a line of spectators waiting to get into the Supreme Court in Brisbane to witness the accused give evidence in a murder trial.

Not just any murder trial, it is a case that has peculiarly enthralled most of the country since the tragic death first happened.

Many of the hopeful observers had reportedly lined up since early morning to ensure a seat in the courtroom.

But there were so many rubberneckers they had to open two courtrooms to fit them in so they could watch the proceedings on a screen.

Apparently, over the long trial, some have even taken the seats of family and friends and refused to move.

It is not even a particularly unique alleged murder.

According to the statistics, one woman dies every week from domestic violence in Australia.

The victim and the alleged murderer were not famous, they were not rich, they were actually pretty ordinary.

But for some reason the case has galvanized the state and the nation.

The macabre interest cannot be blamed on the media this time.

The newspapers and the commercial television news programs are going overboard with coverage because it is actually what their readers and viewers want.

Even the media was surprised when, from the moment the victim first disappeared, every story about the case received record website hits, newspaper sales and viewer numbers.

One theory about the huge interest is that people can relate to the victim, an attractive, middle class young mother.

I suspect the salacious details about affairs might also have something to do with it.

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