“Why,” asks the Globe and Mail, “are newshounds around the world so enraptured by a grim West Coast story about human flotsam?”

OK, it’s a rhetorical question — every reporter and reader knows it’s an engaging story; the fact that it’s engaging is why the Globe devotes yet more ink to a story about the coverage — which the Globe well knows.

But let’s bite anyway: why?

Because almost all people like mysteries? Because the feet suggest drama both sad and macabre? Because the tale causes shivers up the spine? Because it’s already the summer silly season?

“Why,” asks the Globe and Mail, “are newshounds around the world so enraptured by a grim West Coast story about human flotsam?”

OK, it’s a rhetorical question — every reporter and reader knows it’s an engaging story; the fact that it’s engaging is why the Globe devotes yet more ink to a story about the coverage — which the Globe well knows.

But let’s bite anyway: why?

Because almost all people like mysteries? Because the feet suggest drama both sad and macabre? Because the tale causes shivers up the spine? Because it’s already the summer silly season?

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