Jenkins, judging from the court record, was the perfect reality TV dating contestant -- a vain, spoiled, self-absorbed, sexually addicted millionaire who couldn't handle rejection. He appears to have had the type of personality that feeds the reality TV machine, where ratings are built on shallow men with big egos seeking materialistic trophy wives.Two domestic violence incidents. One suicide attempt. Now he has been (posthumously) accused of murder. And he did apparently kill himself.
His self-inflicted death in a low-rent Hope motel makes him the latest in a long line of tragedies involving volatile reality "stars" who have slashed their wrists, overdosed on painkillers and committed murder either during or after their 15 minutes of fame.
Around the world, reality TV has caused humiliated contestants to either kill others or kill or injure themselves.
The fugitive Ryan Jenkins is dead, but reality TV is still on the loose, spreading its mayhem.