One cannot deny the shock value of crime.To choose to watch crime shows is unconscious motivation. We benefit from being able to relax our law abiding civilized nature for a while and take interested pleasure from watching a crime episode.
Crime is a sort of human behaviour and tendency . We are curious to know what someone does when someone is prone to act on such a tendency.
What happens when something happens through this tendency and what or who is actually victimized, vandalized defrauded, threatened. What happens as consequence.
Law is secondary to crime,even our law abiding civilized nature is secondary to our unformatted criminal nature.
Law formats our criminal nature and makes us lawful.
Law acts as punitive measure and deterrent from crime.
Crime would have been the primal and original behaviour in a given circumstance or situation.
We are curious to learn the mentality, emotional disposition and personality of the crime and the criminals.
There is an element of suspense, thrill, in crime episodes which awes us.
TV shows that feature crime investigations, crime episodes also have the quintessential journalistic value.