Hopefully, with some actual voices and actual faces to go with the stories, some of the defenders may start to question things a bit. It's easy to dismiss people in the abstract, but saying that that person is a liar, a conspirator? Much more difficult. Because so far? I've seen a lot of denial worthy of Ford Nation.
Plus, there's that one detail which -- although it shouldn't be the focus of the story -- lets everyone know that we're dealing with one messed up guy here.
At the very least, this has opened up a conversation as to why the cops aren't involved in these things, and what we need to do to change that.