There is an element of the public that will support and cheer-on what it perceives as the underdog -- even if the "underdog" is a crazed murderer. It's not a new phenomenon. The escapades of Bonnie & Clyde and a host of other murderous criminals were practically serialized by the news media. They were held up as heros -- defenders of the "little guy," and the public jumped right on board. Nothing new here.