Murder Mystery

The Verdict is…A mugshot of O.J. Simpson is taken in Los Angeles during the time of his trial. This case has caused a nationwide stir, with millions of people tuning in to watch his trial. “I was in second or third grade when the O.J. Simpson trial was happening. It was televised and I remember watching the verdict happen and I was fascinated with the circus behind the investigation, journalism, and how crime was portrayed in the media,” said Ms. Adams.

The Zodiac Killer, Axeman of New Orleans, and Jack the Ripper are some of the most famous serial killers people know to date. A large majority of individuals recombined these names by listening to true crime podcasts. There has been a whopping 63% increase in true crime viewers in less than three years. What makes true crime so addicting? How can people find pleasure inside the mind of a murderer?

The craze for true crime has skyrocketed and became the third most popular genre in 2020, even beating out politics in an election year. As a result, many of Netflix’s top documentaries and TV shows have fallen under the true crime genre. This includes murders, missing people, heists, etc.

Who’s Watching? Videos detailing the case of the Axeman of New Orleans have gotten over 18 million views. People worldwide are invested in these cases and tune in occasionally. “I like watching shows that also include comedy. A lot of shows now include commentary along with the actual documentation of the case. I think this releases the tensions people may usually have from hearing a true crime case,” said freshman, Sylvia Harmon.

Freshman, Sylvia Harmon, commented on the new true-crime craze. “I enjoy true crime a lot and I started watching more over quarantine of 2020 during the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. One of the cases that have stuck with me is The Zodiac Killer, which may sound unsettling. I don’t like the actual harm the case caused, but I just like the mystery surrounding the case, and I am fascinated with the efforts that were poured into solving this mystery but still, the culprit remains a mystery.”

 

True crime is not just something to watch or listen to whenever an individual has free time in their schedule. Some aspects have even been embedded in our curriculum.

“We did a unit on season one of the true-crime podcast, ‘Serial’. It was about Adnan Syed, who was a 17-year-old Muslim boy who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend. One of the things that I thought was most astonishing about it was the way the media and lawyers who were prosecuting him portrayed him as this angry Muslim boy who lost his faith,” said English teacher, Mrs. Stefanie Adams.,   

True crime shifts the way the media and society view certain aspects of unfathomable situations. These stories shed light on instances where it is completely okay to be curious. Viewers get a glimpse inside the case and mind of the unthinkable and can even benefit them by reminding them to be more conscious about their surroundings, even if you are safe in your house, watching the next murder mystery case.