Originally Posted by CrazyPhuD
So really the point is in human psychology. Like the age old adage, first impressions are everything. It sets the tone and perception of the reader to start. If you lead the reader off with a negative view they are more likely to interpret the results in a negative light. Often people don't even read entire articles so what you tell them in the beginning may be all they really read.
That's what is really egregious, the bolded, most eye catching part of the article imply's that she's a murderer. Now that may have been a gruesome way to get people to read the article. But it's blatant misrepresentation of the facts of the case to imply she tried to murder the intruder in cold blood. That's what galls me.
It's a good thing there was more to the article then. As Lit said and you have acknowledged, highlighting that sentence was an attention grabber....and it's working.