As I read the Zelizer article about deadly images, I kept remembering a movie I saw a few years ago. Untraceable is about an FBI Agent that is trying to track a serial killer who posts online videos of his about-to-die victims. The more people who went online to watch the person die, the faster it died. As you may assume, after people were finding out about this situation, they were going online to see if this was true, causing a faster death to the victim.
Zelizer talks about how about-to-die images play more of an emotional role. These pictures aren’t necessarily attempting to be supporting photos as a documentation of reality. The want to create some sort of feeling in the viewer. About-to-die images capture a powerful moment, but not everyone wants to see what happens next.