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EntertainmentIs Our Obsession With Crime Documentaries And Fiction Distorting Reality?

20:41  11 july  2019
20:41  11 july  2019 Source:   esquire.co.uk

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Home Venue TV Our obsession with True Crime . So, when we are introduced to them in True Crime documentaries , films and television series it is hard to comprehend the reality of these The popularity of True Crime has risen dramatically of late. Making a Murderer has been on Netflix for

I’m obsessed with true crime . I’ve watched it for years. I know all the shows: Dateline Mysteries, Snapped, Cold All of the documentaries about serial killers say that the predators will choose their victims This fascination with true crime is actually a biological urge to help us navigate the dangerous realities of existing on a We can watch True Crime documentaries and learn what to watch out for.

Is Our Obsession With Crime Documentaries And Fiction Distorting Reality?© Gone Girl As a lawyer suggests that a murdered woman pulled a "Gone Girl", the lines between real life and fiction become further blurred

Last week, in the case of missing Connecticut woman Jennifer Dulos, the lawyer for her husband, with whom she was embroiled in a custody battle, commented that he was, “investigating the possibility that this is a Gone Girl-type case and considering the possibility that no third party was involved in foul play.”

The idea that Dulos had, as in the 2012 thriller novel, faked her disappearance in order to frame her husband for her own death was especially disturbing given the bloodstains found at her home.

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For those who prefer a more hands-on homicide experience, there’s an annual convention, CrimeCon, where you can mingle with other murder aficionados at Michael Arntfield, a former police officer who now runs a cold-case thinktank, notes that our interest in “ripped from the headlines” stories of

But, unfortunately, these fiction shows become a reality for young women who live in New York City. There is a serious issue with rape culture in our society. Rape culture, according to Time Magazine is “when we teach women how to not get raped, instead of teaching men not to rape” and

Gone Girl author Gillian has since spoken out to say that she found it "sickening" that a work of fiction would be used as a hypothetical motive for a "very real and very tragic disappearance". While her disdain is understandable, it's perhaps not so strange that the world of crime entertainment is becoming muddled with reality.

At the start of this year, a cursory glance at some of the most anticipated releases of the year showed they had one thing in common: a morbid fascination with murder. From a film and accompanying TV series about Ted Bundy, to Charles Manson appearing in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In...Hollywood, as well as the forthcoming series of Mindhunter, 2019 has seen an explosion of entertainment focusing on true crime.

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Ok, but true crime stories are scary! They are brutal and violent and nerve-wracking; why would people ever want to put themselves through that , and risk having nightmares or anxiety about Are people more obsessed with what goes down in the courtroom and the justice or injustice that is served there?

True crime has consistently been the most popular genre in books and TV and now, thanks to Sarah Koenig's seemingly unstoppable battleship—the HMS Serial—true crime is now navigating the choppy waters of mainstream podcasts directly into millions of willing ears across the globe.

Is Our Obsession With Crime Documentaries And Fiction Distorting Reality?© Netflix Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

It comes after popular additions to the genre in recent years including podcasts like Serial and documentary series like Making a Murder and The Staircase. It has included highlights, such as O.J.: Made in America and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and lowlights which offered no new information or insight, like Casting Jon Benet and The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

These works often advertise their 'based on real events' credentials to separate themselves from fiction, but treat murderous historical figures with the same glamorisation and dramatic flair as a fictional character. It can result in a grey area between reality and fiction, and as real crime is repackaged as dramatic entertainment, Ted Bundy is awarded the same mysterious allure as a character on Big Little Lies or Killing Eve.

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Part of that involves tossing around the names of others they think could be alternative suspects — even if it means doing so with little to no evidence to back It's a practice that , though often employed in true crime , usually operates unchecked. From Making a Murderer to the fervent message boards of

The mass media have an obsession with crime , but can we trust their reporting to reveal the whole truth or even a part of it without distortion ? However some groups argue that this is dangerous in that it presents a distorted view of crime ; both in the selection of crime news stories, depending on

In March of this year, Bauer Media launched Crime Monthly magazine. In appearance and format it closely resembles a celebrity gossip title, except it swaps celebrities for violent criminals and their victims, and the gossip is almost always death. Promising "the darkest crimes and evil minds", issues thus far have featured the likes of Milly Dowler and Ted Bundy on the cover.

Later that month the London Book Fair was a flurry with true crime titles being snapped up, including a study of the Bender family of serial killers in Kansas in 1873, a group who operated a ‘a human slaughter pen’, and a mortuary technician's forensic analysis of the murders in Agatha Christie's books.

Is Our Obsession With Crime Documentaries And Fiction Distorting Reality?© Getty Quentin Tarantino poses for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony of the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) This summer, Quentin Tarantino will release his ninth directorial outing, Once Upon a Time In... Hollywood, starring Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate. While the director has been at pains to point out that it is not a Charles Manson film, but rather about Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, the film moved its release date after upsetting the Tate family by coinciding it with the 50th anniversary of her death.

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Whether or not the world really is getting worse, the nature of news will make us think that it is.

True crime documentaries , if done well, elicit the same kind of emotions people felt after watching 10 episodes of Making a Murderer on Netflix. From Ken Burns to Werner Herzog, the crime documentary has taken center stage in recent years, stepping beyond a mere headline and examining the

Though it's received excellent reviews, some have been critical of the representation of Tate, who has few lines and often seen dancing wordlessly on the screen. Here Manson's murders provide a colourful backdrop rather than giving it the serious attention it warrants, as Tate's sister Debra commented, "These people are taking horrific situations and making them even more graphic than they were without any concern for the living victims of these crimes."

All of which suggests that dressing up violence and murder as a titillating plot twist is worryingly desensitising us to the gruesome murders of real people. If the Connecticut case is anything to go by, the flip-side of real murder being relegated to entertainment is that fictional murder is elevated to reality.

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