True crime is the name for real-life, non-fictional narrative treatments of murder. True crime is featured in various formats. Modern American true crime seems to have started in the 1950s with true crime magazines. Moving along through the sixties and seventies, the magazines receded as films (documentary-type true crime films) came to the fore.
Books are the most popular form. Go to any mainstream chaing bookstore and you can find several titles. Ann Rule is one of the most successful true crime writers.
Next is television. There are several true crime shows on network and cable television. The CBS weekend program 48 hours is an example of true crime on television. There is also true crime, of sorts, on the Internet. Have a look at the link if your not quite sure about what I'm saying. This link will take you to a lecture given by Queensborough Community College professor Dr. Jean Murley called "The Rise of True Crime."
Dr. Murley is something of an authority. She's with the English department and her book "The Rise of True Crime" was nominated for an Edgar Award.
Sorry, my question is: Why are we as a culture so fascinated with true crime?
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