Over the past few years, the world's gone doolally for true crime stories.
Once the hobby of the bored American housewife, true crime stories from Serial to Making A Murder, Knox more recently Netflix's The Ted Bundy Tapes (Bundy's story was also recently dramatized with Zac Efron playing the serial killer in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) have opened our eyes to the horrible and tragic cases of murder, death and worse that are going on all day, every day, all around us.
Our obsession with true crime is, for the most part, probably pretty unhealthy - we're taking enjoyment and fascination in the suffering of others. The first series of Serial covering the Adnan Syed case was criticized by the family of the victim, Hae Min Lee, who said 'unlike those who learn about this case on the internet, we sat and watched every day of both trials – so many witnesses, so much evidence' adding that, 'it remains hard to see so many run to defend someone who committed a horrible crime, who destroyed our family, who refuses to accept responsibility, when so few are willing to speak up for Hae.'
Our obsession though, shows no signs of showing down. HBO recently bought the rights to a documentary about the
Or if it’s some light relief you’re after, look no further than Serial: This British Life. A Serial parody show where host Annabel Port investigates a real life unsolved case from 1983 involving an ET drawing competition and some pretty serious accusations of plagiarism. Did the accused Geoff Lloyd really copy his picture of ET directly from a school friend’s rubber? If he did do it, why won’t he just own up? Or is he destined to be haunted his whole life by a crime he didn’t commit?
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.