Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsRaymond Belknap
IN THE NEWS

Raymond Belknap

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1990
Re Chuck Philips' "Trial to Focus on Issue of Subliminal Messages in Rock" (July 16): I cannot believe anyone could rightly blame the music of Judas Priest or of anyone else in the self-inflicted shootings of two youths whose parents are now suing the band and CBS Records. Blaming a rock song is, I'm sure, far easier for the parents than facing reality, but saying that Judas Priest made them do it is like blaming William Shakespeare if someone killed himself after reading the romantic double-suicide tale "Romeo and Juliet."
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aunetta Roberson and Phyllis Vance lived in the same suburb for years. Their husbands frequented the same casinos. Their sons attended--and dropped out of--the same school. Outside of a few phone calls related to academic or legal problems their sons encountered, however, the women's lives rarely crossed. About the only thing they had in common was their mutual hatred for the loud heavy-metal music that their sons played for hours in the sons' rooms. Yet on Dec.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aunetta Roberson and Phyllis Vance lived in the same suburb for years. Their husbands frequented the same casinos. Their sons attended--and dropped out of--the same school. Outside of a few phone calls related to academic or legal problems their sons encountered, however, the women's lives rarely crossed. About the only thing they had in common was their mutual hatred for the loud heavy-metal music that their sons played for hours in the sons' rooms. Yet on Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1990
Re Chuck Philips' "Trial to Focus on Issue of Subliminal Messages in Rock" (July 16): I cannot believe anyone could rightly blame the music of Judas Priest or of anyone else in the self-inflicted shootings of two youths whose parents are now suing the band and CBS Records. Blaming a rock song is, I'm sure, far easier for the parents than facing reality, but saying that Judas Priest made them do it is like blaming William Shakespeare if someone killed himself after reading the romantic double-suicide tale "Romeo and Juliet."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Subliminal messages or "gobbledygook?" That was a key question explored in a Washoe District Court here during the first week of a trial in which British rock group Judas Priest is accused of causing two teen-agers to shoot themselves in a suicide pact on Dec. 23, 1985. Attorneys for the parents of Raymond Belknap and James Vance are trying to persuade Judge Jerry Whitehead that subliminal messages in the band's "Stained Class" album led to the shootings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1990
I've just lost a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in veteran reporter Fred Francis and the television network he works for. Mr. Francis contends that "Die Hard 2" reporter Richard Thornberg is an "unbelievable" character. Unlike the rest of America, Mr. Francis apparently remains clueless to the fact that the movie--unlike the events of real life which Mr. Francis reports on--is entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A man who sued the heavy-metal group Judas Priest, contending its music drove him to a 1985 suicide attempt, has died after lapsing into an unexplained coma, but his attorney vows the court case will continue. "The Judas Priest lawsuit is going forward. We are not daunted one bit. As a matter of fact, it's more important than ever," attorney Timothy Post said Wednesday. James Vance, 23, was pronounced dead at late Tuesday night at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1986 | From Associated Press
The British rock group Judas Priest has been ordered to stand trial in a civil lawsuit that charges the band's heavy metal music induced two Nevada youths to shoot themselves. The lawsuit, which also names CBS Records Inc., was filed by James Vance and the mother of Raymond Belknap. Belknap, 18, died from the December 1985 shotgun blast, while Vance was left severely disfigured.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A young man who entered into a suicide pact after listening to hours of the albums of the rock group Judas Priest believed that the music influenced his actions, a psychiatrist testified today. Dr. Bruce Tanenbaum said that James Vance "didn't care if he ever got a dime from the lawsuit" against Judas Priest and CBS Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Attorneys for the families of two youths who attempted suicide after listening to an album by the British rock band Judas Priest say they will challenge a judge's ruling that absolved the group of responsibility. Attorney Vivian Lynch said that she and co-counsel Ken McKenna would file post-trial motions by Tuesday to challenge the court's decision. "These usually aren't granted and, if not, I will appeal" to the Nevada Supreme Court, said Lynch, who represented one of the families.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Subliminal messages or "gobbledygook?" That was a key question explored in a Washoe District Court here during the first week of a trial in which British rock group Judas Priest is accused of causing two teen-agers to shoot themselves in a suicide pact on Dec. 23, 1985. Attorneys for the parents of Raymond Belknap and James Vance are trying to persuade Judge Jerry Whitehead that subliminal messages in the band's "Stained Class" album led to the shootings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1990
I've just lost a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in veteran reporter Fred Francis and the television network he works for. Mr. Francis contends that "Die Hard 2" reporter Richard Thornberg is an "unbelievable" character. Unlike the rest of America, Mr. Francis apparently remains clueless to the fact that the movie--unlike the events of real life which Mr. Francis reports on--is entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1990 | From Associated Press
A British rock band and its record company should pay up to $5 million in damages to a young fan who allegedly was spurred to enter a suicide pact by subliminal words hidden in the group's music, an attorney argued today. Vivian Lynch, representing the family of James Vance, also charged in her closing arguments that a multitrack original of the song "Better by You, Better Than Me," by the heavy metal band Judas Priest was altered before it was presented to the court as evidence.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|