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Friday, February 24, 2012
Reading & Watching True Crime
Why so many people interested in true crime stories? This morning on the train, I read a true crime short by Kathryn Casey called Blues and Bad Blood. In my case, I can say part is the fascination with the pyschology of it. Trying to understand. It is its own puzzle or mystery. I also watch a lot of shows on the ID channel. One very interesting new show is Dark Minds featuring crime writer M William Phelps who tries to udnerstand and solve cases with the help of profiler John Kelly and an incarcerated serial killer they call "13". Another show I really find interesting is Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets, that tells the facts from the victims' voice. And the victims need to have a voice. Maybe that is part of the fascination people have -- this could happen to someone we know.
And TV does reflect our fascination with True crime in the amount of shows like CSI and Criminal Minds about those who catch these criminals. The thing about fiction is it can be neatly wrapped up which is something you often can't say about true crime. And the same is true of mystery fiction. Which was another comment that was made several times during our group thread on the topic. And its true. Real life is not neat. We are horrified by crime (as well we should be) and we experience relief when criminals are convicted and anger when they "get away with it". Of course we do. We need to feel safe. For our friends and families to feel safe. But then there are those of us who want to read it, watch it, and try and understand it.