But slightly above the public itself.
Austrian authorities have complained that "catastrophe tourists" are descending on the house where Elisabeth Fritzl was imprisoned in a cellar for 24 years….
Ursula Puchebner, the deputy mayor of Amstetten, said that increasing numbers of German and Austrian sightseers appeared bent on getting a first-hand glimpse of the so-called "House of Horrors" where the incest ordeal went on for nearly a quarter of a century.
"These people are using Amstetten's proximity to Austria's main motorway to make a detour to the house where they indulge in what I call catastrophe tourism," she said. "I find this shocking and I do not understand their motivation. It shows no respect for the victims."
A side street that leads to the back of No 40 Ybbsstrasse, where Elisabeth Fritzl was held prisoner in the cellar of her father Josef's house and forced to bear him seven children, has been the haunt of hundreds of journalists and television crews since the story broke a week ago.
There's much more, none of it for the easily enraged.
While the journalist performs a disreputable task using dishonest means to serve his dishonorable ends, at least this keeps him off welfare rolls, and often out of prison. What excuse helps these gawkers to rationalize their behavior?