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True Crime Response

It took me several hours longer than it should have to read the introduction,  the interview, and watch the video last night. Not because I did want to and procrastinated but because every time I read about a crime that I haven’t heard about or don’t know enough about I had to research it and learn everything I could about it. I looked up plot synopsis to horror movies that I had been to scared to watch because I found out they were biased off of a real crime and read about different serial killers and murderers whose names previously meant nothing to me but the mention of now makes me shiver a little. Especially Ed Gein and everything biased off of him; The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and even a character in the recent show American Horror Story: Asylum.

It reminded me of what we talked about in class, how we are so obsessed with crime and violence and why that is. I personally cant answer that for myself yet even though it has become a big thought in my mind. Whenever I read or watch anything that has violence in it I ask myself why I am so interested yet disgusted at the same time and why many other people if not all feel the same thing. Some people are interested because they want to know how a person could do such atrocious things. Other people live vicariously through these stories. However, there are still many other answers that I have not thought of yet.

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  1. 8/31/2013 | 2:37 pm Permalink

    I love that you stopped to look things up. It’s a very good habit to get into. Making all those connections makes for deeper learning, and when you make decisions about what to look up you’re letting your interests drive your education, making it personal.

    That simultaneous fascination and revulsion for violence is something we all seem interested in. These stories tell us something about the nature of humanity, but maybe they also tell us something about who we are on the inside. I wonder – do they help us offload some of our darker impulses?

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  2. 9/2/2013 | 2:33 am Permalink

    Gloriana,
    I think the question you ask is possibly one of the most important and confounding at once. I had a similar moment in 1991 when I found my self read this bit of True Crime schlock from the late 1980s: http://www.amazon.com/Spree-Killers-Art-Crockett/dp/1558174613/

    Why was I reading a pretty bad non-fiction account of some of the most isolated moments of violence in recent human history? The book kind of burned onto my psyche, not so much the stories as the idea that I was drawn to it like a moth to the flame. What’s more, I am truly fascinated by how much of our draw to this is a macabre, biologically driven fascination with death all healthy humans must have and a culturally determined promotion of fear, distrust, and a certain amount of lunacy in all of us. It’s probabaly some of both, or even neither, but at the same time it remains a space that defines not only a very particular part of our humanity as well as the moment it which we experienced it—and that facinates me. True Crime is another way of understanding what we have valued and why over time, as well as what is de-emphasized, erased and ignored. Looking it all up and keeping a running count of it all is a good thing, but not just for more baser fears of relishing in the violence, but rather for understanding what that violence tells us about the past, our current moment, and the future to come.

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