It is always interesting to see who gets BLP treatment at Wikipedia, especially among minor celebrities, politicians, and criminals (real or imagined). BLP1E
("Biographies of People notable for only one event" to normal people) is a favorite Wikipedia battleground, routinely ignored when someone wants to slander someone or make a point.
An interesting case is that of Amanda Knox (T-H-L-K-D)
, the American student in Italy accused, convicted, and then un-convicted (conviction reversed on appeal) of a sensational murder. It is now a "redirect", linking to Murder of Meredith Kercher (T-H-L-K-D)
. However, as recently as 14 June 2010
, Knox had a full-blown article about her, despite being notable for the one event only. Her Italian co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito (T-H-L-K-D)
, never had an independent article, and now even the redirect is being considered for deletion.
The treatment (for example) of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen (T-H-L-K-D)
is not the same. He was arrested, detained without trial for over a year, and ultimately acquitted. Also one incident, and much less sensational, but no redirect for him.
A similar (but less sympathetic case, as he seems to have been actually guilty) is Kevin James (terrorist) (T-H-L-K-D)
. This guy, when released sometime in the 2020s, will be forever remembered on Wikipedia as "Kevin James - terrorist
", however much or little improvement he has made to his character. But its one event, same as the others.
I doubt that anyone has a problem with complete non-notables like Kiur Aarma (T-H-L-K-D)
, Kari Kåring (T-H-L-K-D)
, or Joseph Kabagambe (T-H-L-K-D)
. But what about James Blake Miller (T-H-L-K-D)
? Is he well-served for having an article in Wikipedia, outlining his PTSD, the demise of his marriage, etc, because he was the subject of a photo?
To pick someone many people will find difficult, there's the now-88 year-old Margarete Rabe (T-H-L-K-D)
, a convicted WWII German concentration camp guard. She was released from prison in 1954 -- does she need a page of her own? Arguably one event, maybe not, but only one citation (a passing reference in a 300 page document in German that says after a long list of names in which hers appears: "Aufseherinnen im Vernichtungslager
" (Guards at the death camp)). Other than this, there are no citations for the rather nasty facts listed in the article.
Note that I have not selected unsourced BLPs, of which there are probably thousands -- that is its own problem, and equally or even more serious. Except for Amanda Knox, all of the BLPs here were found by clicking at random on names in the BLP category (and as an aside, someone really likes creating articles on obscure Estonians).
Anyway, I'm not so much interested in debating each individual case (and really
not interested in debating their actual or alleged crimes, where that label is relevant), but I'm interested in amassing a list of egregious victims of BLP1E mis-use.