Anorak | David Rathband: Raoul Moat was ‘evil’ Voldemort and Daily Express wants his Facebook fans dead

David Rathband: Raoul Moat was ‘evil’ Voldemort and Daily Express wants his Facebook fans dead

by | 2nd, March 2012

RAOUL Moat: Anorak’s look at the death of Pc David Rathband and the man who shot him in the news…

The Sun (front page): “Moat still haunts me like Voldemort”

To help readers understand that Raoul Moat a murderous thugs turned into a media folk hero is like the Harry Potter villain a work of fiction the Sun shows thumbnail portraits of both men. Moat is a “monster”. Voldemort is “evil”. We hear from David Rathband an ordinary man tossed into an extraordinary situation who then, apparently, took his own life:

“I may be blind but I can still see Moat’s face… It’s more of a melted face now — like the evil Voldemort from the Harry Potter films. The strange thing is that while I can see Moat in my mind, I have no recollection of how my wife or children look whatsoever. They are as featureless as an orange to me, and that’s what hurts the most. The doctors have no idea if my memories of my family will ever come back. Sure I can hear their voices and have a cuddle, but I can’t see their smiles which instantly cheers you up. I can’t even remember Christmas Days with them — it’s all gone. It’s very lonely in here every day, living in the darkness without having the images of my family for company.”

Pc Rathband endured a horror. And it seems to have eaten away at him until he took his own life.

The Daily Mirror says David Rathband was hero.

Daily Mirror (frontpage): “Pc Rathband suicide tragedy ‘I’m Going to Say Goodbye To Me Kids RIP Me’

His final agony was revealed as glowing tributes were paid to the hero traffic cop whose life fell apart after he was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat

His life fell apart after he was shot. Before David Rathband was shot was a hero for being a traffic policeman? Are all traffic policemen heroes? Maybe the pressure of living up to media narrative added to his burden?

Tormented David Rathband killed himself because he could not come to terms with the end of his 20-year marriage…

He tweeted: “Mrs R said we are not getting back. Disaster. So job lost, eyes lost, family lost, wife lost, marriage lost. What a year.”

He added: “RIP David Rathband. I am flying home Monday and will say goodbye to the children.”

In his last messages, PC Rathband told how he had repeatedly been trying to get in touch with Kath, saying: “Mrs R just wants to be friends.”

He also wrote: “I wonder if I will have any furniture left in the house when I get back?”

Who would be Mrs Rathband having to read that? Does she think her husband “extraordinarily brave”, as marketing man-cum Prime Minister David Cameron lazily labelled him?

But he blamed himself for the break-up, adding: “Just to put the record straight, I have behaved horribly to my wife since I was shot. That is why it is over.”

Mr Rathband leaves behind his daughter Mia, 13, and 20-year-old Ashley in Blyth, Northumberland. Shouldn’t we feel for them, their lives now public property and bereft of a father?

His brother Darren wrote an article a few week ago:

“He will never ask for help, and continues to try and display that he is coping. I tell you that he is broken and lonely in his world without light. “

Chief Constable Sue Sim said:

“I was hugely impressed with him even then when he was so horribly injured. The only thing he wanted to do was to get back on duty. We have worked tirelessly to bring him back into our road safety unit… People across the force are devastated that one of our own has been so tragically taken from us. He is Raoul Moat’s final victim.”

Mr Rathband’s sister Debbie is less opportunistic. She said :

“In my heart of hearts I can never, never forgive Raoul Moat. But what he did is just one of a number of contributing factors that have led to this.”

This in the Daily Mirror which in light of  news  that Peter Boatman director of Pro-Tect Systems has committed  suicide  created the headline :


If sensation is all tabloids do, when the big news hits, where is there left to go?


SOMETIMES an issue arises that serves as a stark dividing line between civilised people and savage ones. The various reactions there have been to the death of Pc David Rathband constitute a prime example.

All decent people will agree with the Prime Minister that Pc Rathband was extraordinarily brave. his death is the last act in a tragedy that saw his life destroyed by Raoul Moat, an evil and violent man who has attained an ill­deserved notoriety among the criminal classes.

Evil is a strong word. So too are the words “extraordinarily brave”, an echo of Cameron’s tribute. Is it fair or right to so judge Mr Rathband?

In the 18 months after he was blinded by Moat, Pc Rathband did enormous amounts for charitable and community causes. if in the end he found his debilitating condition impossible to live with nobody could criticise him for that. Moat on the other hand caused only misery and suffering wherever he went. Britain would be a far better place if everyone who has ever expressed admiration for him were to be swept into the sea.

Anyone who admired Raoul Moat should drown? A national newspaper wants Siobhan O’Dowd to die? The Express wants Teresa Bystram (one of the Sun’s own) dead and her children left motherless? Does Paul Gascoigne have to die? Is there a special hatred for the man who shot his ex-lover and then murdered her boyfriend before ruining Mr Rathband’s life, and that of his wife and children, as it seems? The media played its part in the Raoul Moat legend. The Daily Star , the Express’s sister paper, even turned Moat into a video game characte

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  • June

    I think the ‘ folkhero worship’ of his attacker is sick in the extreme and the less attention paid to his memory , the better.

    But Mr Rathband was cut down doing his job, in the prime of life – we award soldiers medals for surviving war horrors and call them heroes. It is their job and they are in the firing line and armed, this man was doing his job , got caught in the firing line because of his job and was unarmed. He has had to cope with the dreadful consequences of his injuries, as have his family.
    Its an appalling injury, blindness is likely to be the one thing we most dread…and how would we cope?
    Suicide is not heroic, but he found his life to be unendurable. He couldn’t remember what his loved ones looked like, but then again they couldn’t see his pain, he endured it for as long as he could, and knew it was unending and he made his choice.

    Thing is, today the media just worship celebs which is a very shallow, and along comes someone who could be admired and most look the other way until he kills himself