PRINT October 1986


Extrasensory perception.

HEAVY-METAL SINGER OZZY OSBOURNE was sued recently by the parents of a 19-year-old boy who shot himself to death, allegedly while listening to Osbourne’s song “Suicide Solution.” John McCollum was still wearing headphones when his body was discovered, and the song “Suicide Solution” was the last cut on the last album side McCollum listened to. Osbourne claimed that the song was about the horrors of alcoholism. The McCollum family’s lawyer claimed that the song was intended to induce teen suicides; in dismissing the case, California Superior Court Judge John L. Cole commented that there was no proof of that. But Judge Cole did say that he would consider a new claim by the family’s lawyer that “a low-pitched hum” increased John’s receptivity to the lyrics. The lawyer plans to introduce expert testimony to the effect that an inaudible tone, described in the press as an “11-kilohertz hum,” on

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