This pretty much accounts for why I try to keep an open mental posture on this stuff, trying to stay poised between paying minute attention to outright balderdash and assimilating enough to keep my mind ready for the salient bit. I know they want us to be sucked in, which is why I must resist it. We can't possibly not care about these things, but that is why these horrors keep being trotted out for us... that is the mechanism by which they keep us too confused and polarized to get in their way.
We need to remember that the entire thing, from perp to victims to witnesses, could be completely fiction. From start to finish. The whole thing could too easily be thin air. No. Really. We could be looking at pictures of a guy who died in Afghanistan years ago, and the cops could have been unwitting participants in third millennium theater. None of us would know the difference. Few of us could even scratch our way to finding out, let alone proving to the world what we found out. It's completely out of our hands. It's all too big for us to be certain no one is yanking our nose rings.