While I think this is tragic and terrible, and a story worth being told, and I’m glad the sister was central to it, I think its wrong to place the blame simplistically on a ‘bloodthirsty’ media/audience. This isnt a testament to the decline of western civilisation or allegorical to the roman bloodsports, it is the intersection of widespread communication technology with tragedy. Simply put, the onus of responsibility ultimately lies with Romero. His life was tragic, but that does not absolve him of blame for the grief he caused in ending it. He chose to kill himself, and kill himself publicly. I’m sure it wasnt his intention to have his death recorded and to be burned into his sister’s memory, however the fact that he either did not consider it a possibility that his death could be filmed, when helicopter chases and police video are such a familiar part of modern life, or that he simply didnt care, means ultimately the blame lies with him. Our reactions, commentary and media fascination with violence are related issues which this incident brings to light, but ‘blame’ is not a necessary component in discussions of those issues, so lets avoid painting devil horns on everyone involved.