Unusual crime attracts people's attention for both good and bad reasons. It's good because people want to know what is going on in their communities, but in a way it's bad because part of the interest in crime stories is because people are attracted to the drama surrounding crime. It's even reflected in the TV shows people want to watch in their free time, such as CSI, etc.
But, as this web page reminds us, the crime is more than the details of what the suspect did. The victim is more than just six letters of black ink included in the details. The vicitim (or victims) has a name, a family, a life. Many of us brought this point up when we were discussing the bus plunge stories. Those stories were desired by newspapers to help fill up space, but there were people on board who lost their lives and people else where who lost relatives on those buses.
Crime reporting seems a little difficult to deal with in general. It seems like you have to be very careful about how you word things and about dancing around the privacy rights of the victim as well as the suspect. I didn't realize there would be so many fine lines we would be walking with this subject.