Just about everyone here in North Carolina has heard of the small newspaper sold at convenience stores for a buck. The Slammer prints mug shots and arrest details of people in Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte areas for all to see. It’s a throwback to Crime Rags of yesteryear and gives people a glimpse into the criminal escapades of their fellow citizens.
From DUI‘s to thefts, the Slammer has it all and puts it all on front street. You can often hear people talk about this paper and who was in it recently. Many people have run-ins with the law and this paper is there to document it. It appeals to the gossip in all of us, the part of us that wants the dirt on others.
The creator of The Slammer was featured in a recent Christian Science Monitor article. He stated his fascination came from watching crime stories while young and later experiencing an encounter with the criminal justice system himself.
Feelings about the paper seem to be mixed. It flies off shelves while other papers are struggling but some think it crosses an ethical line and is an indication that society is not well. Others, however, think it could act as a crime deterrent and see nothing wrong with the entertaining nature of the paper.
Ask someone who’s been featured in The Slammer and you will also get varying responses. I imagine, however that there are fewer people proud of their brush with fame than there are those embarrassed by it. This would be particularly true for those people who were exonerated of the charges but faced public embarrassment in the meantime.
Being charged with a criminal offense is embarrassing as it is. Whether for DUI, domestic violence, or theft, if you are facing a charge in the NC courts the last thing you want is to be recognized for it. If you are being charged with a crime you need an experienced defense attorney to look out for your interests and you need to focus on what really matters.