|Metal band blamed
in teen suicide
FARMINGTON, Minn Jeffrey Macnies body was laid to rest yesterday, but the controversy surrounding the 13-year-olds suicide is just beginning. The teens death has revived an age-old debate in this rural Midwestern community: Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art or can a really skilled parrot imitate both?
When Macnie was found dead in his bedroom, the heavy-metal band Dead Killers was playing on repeat on the boys stereo. Macnies family and friends are pointing their fingers at the popular band, in particular its lead singer and lyricist Terrence Black.
"That man rather, that disgusting thing killed my son!" screamed Macnies mother Anne, adding quietly, "Hey, you got a cigarette?"
Anne Macnie and others are particularly upset over the Dead Killers song "Kid, Go Kill Yourself," whose lyrics seem to suggest suicide as an option for pathetic adolescent boys.
The songs chorus offers this advice:
If your life aint swell
Perhaps even more eerie is the songs third verse, which appears to be speaking directly to Jeffrey Macnie.
Are you out there, Jeffrey Macnie?
Indeed, Anne Macnie was at the Revenge-on-the-White-Man Casino on the evening of her sons tragedy.
"My sons tragedy?" shrieks Macnie. "Are you kidding me? I was working a royal flush when I was called away from the table to hear the news!"
Meanwhile, leading members of the Farmington community, including bookie and porn shop owner Russ Topperton, are pushing for a townwide ban on all heavy-metal albums.
"We cannot have our children listening to this filth," argued Topperton at an emergency town council meeting. "Otherwise, well lose more young children like Jeffrey Macnie with outstanding debts and overdue videos to return. If anyone knows where Rear Action Part 5 is, please give me a call."