Meanwhile, decadence and despair haunt many of Americas youth. Perhaps fourteen-year-old Rod Matthews represents the most horrible extreme. Uninterested in baseball or books, Rod found one thing that did stimulate him: death. His curiosity was intensely aroused by a rental video, Faces of Death, a collage of film clips of people dying violently. He wanted to see death happen in real life.
So one winter day Rod lured a young friend into the woods and hammered him to death with a baseball bat. At Matthewss trial a child psychiatrist testified that the boy was not conventionally insane. He just “doesnt know right from wrong He is morally handicapped.”