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Daily Mirror Features ‘GTA Massacre’ Headline

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Posted on September 20, 2011 AT 07:03am

THE BUZZ: Today’s issue of the UK newspaper the Daily Mirror features the headline, “I’ll do a Grand Theft Auto massacre,” on its front page.

The quote was made by Ryan Donovan, who was jailed for 25 years yesterday after shooting crew members on board the submarine that he was stationed on. “The defendant just giggled and said he was thinking how to start a massacre,” Prosecutor Nigel Lickley told Winchester Crown Court. “He started talking about Grand Theft Auto where you start a massacre and rack up points by killing.” Donovan had requested a transfer to a Fleet Auxiliary Ship but it was denied because he disobeyed a cleaning order, prior to the request.

EGM’s TAKE: What Donovan did is unforgivable and their can be no excuse for his actions, however we don’t feel that blaming his actions on a video game is right either.

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