I'm certainly not the first person to point this out. There is lots of speculation out there on the web. I first started noticing this trend when I started watching Forensic Files. That was some time ago. Now there is a proliferation of "murder shows" on the airwaves; so if you want to watch TV you can't avoid them. It seems like it's about 75% of the programming on my basic cable service.
What is this fascination with true crime; in particular murder? They must generate great ratings because they just keep coming. And the pretense of them being some kind of public service or somber dissection of the darker side of human nature is rapidly falling away. For instance, HLN's Sex and Murder:
I mean, what's the deal? Why do we watch them (and we do; I'm not immune)? Is it because life has gotten so treacherous lately that we can tune in a show like this and say to ourselves, "Well, at least I'm not a murderer!" or "Well, at least no one has tried to murder me!" or "Well, at least I haven't been murdered!"
Or is it because there's just that much murder going on in the world? Apparently, it's a lot easier to cross the line than you might think. Or is it? Is it because there's so much of this murder being pushed in our faces that we simply think there's more murder than there is? I mean what is war, if not simply socially sanctioned mass murder?
Another thing I've noticed watching this parade of evil deed-doers is that a lot of the men who kill have weird ears. Like serious asymmetry:
This fascination with serial killers, however, is also pretty sick. Like, we can't get enough Ted Bundy. He's a Superstar of Murderland. People still gush about how handsome he was. They hired Zac Efron--who is truly gorgeous--to play him. Bundy looked more like Casey Affleck if you ask me; but Zac? If that's not glamorizing murder, I don't know what is.
Miss Lansbury, how many Bufferin tablets would it take, laid end to end, to reach the moon from Earth?
Miss Lansbury, why does the name "Bufferin" not have a "g" on the end? And since it doesn't have a "g" why doesn't it have an apostrophe?
Angela, what is the chemical formula for Bufferin?
Angela, would you sing a jingle for Bufferin if the makers of Bufferin asked you to; but didn't raise your salary?
Angela, would you consider doing "Bufferin! The Musical" And if so, why?
Angela, can you crush Bufferin and inhale it?
Angie, was anyone ever murdered by having their milkshake spiked with Bufferin?
Ange, if you made a boat out of Bufferin tablets, how long would it stay afloat?
Miss Lansbury, I took Bufferin and I got a headache. Could you explain this?
But of course, Angela would say: "Oh my yes!" and have a ready answer to the question. But I guess you kinda had to be there.
Oh well. Stay away from windowless vans!