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5 Reasons to Watch True Crime TV Shows

Updated on March 12, 2017

True crime shows have gained a lot of popularity on our television screens. TV shows such as Snapped, Forensic Files, The FBI Files, Cold Case Files, Dateline NBC, Homicide Hunter, The First 48 and Solved continue to pull new viewers every day. In a strange way, people seem to have both a sense of fear and fascination with killers. The combination of these two diverse emotions provides the adrenaline rush, and subsequently the thrill viewers need to stay tuned to their TV.

Watching true crime shows does not only provide an adrenaline rush, it can also be a huge eye opener. It reveals to you what the real world is actually like. If you don't watch true crime shows because you don't want to see dead bodies or you are simply scared, then you are doing yourself a huge disfavor. In an unpredictable and cruel world, a little lesson you might have learned from watching a true crime show can be the difference between life and death.

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It Makes you Very Careful of who to Trust

We have moral values instilled in us and think everyone is out for our good, which is far from the truth. As such, we sometimes go out of our way to please people. This is, of course, a good thing, but with everything good thing there should be a limit. Unfortunately, most people do not realize this crucial limit point and by the time they have a clear understanding of what's happening, it's too late. Watching true crime shows really enlightens you on the extent to which you should trust people.

One of the most notorious serial killers of all time, Ted Bundy, wore his arm in a sling or in a fake cast. He would ask his victims to help him carry things to his car or help load or unload things from his car. Once the victims got in his car or were leaning into his car he would strike them over the head with a crowbar. The famous black cab rapist tricked young professional women into drinking with him by claiming to have won the jackpot at a casino or on the lottery and showed them bundles of cash to prove it. Of course, he had already spiked the drinks with powerful prescription sedatives and over-the-counter sleeping pills. It's even common for killers to use the church which most people would consider as the safest place in the world as their hunting ground. This was the case with UK's most prolific serial killer, Peter Tobin, who worked as a handyman at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Anderston, Glasgow. He went ahead to take advantage of the trusting nature of a 23-year-old student, Angelika Kluk, who was working at the church to help finance her studies. There are countless examples of criminals who have exploited the trusting nature of people for their own selfish desires.

You can Watch a Documentary About the Black Cab Rapist Here

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It Makes you Appreciate the Most Important Thing in Life, Family.

No matter what you are led to believe, nobody really cares about your well-being more than your family. Your family is the most important thing in the world and you don't realize this until you are gone. Of course, if you are gone it would be too late to realize the depth at which your family loves you. Watching true crime shows makes you realize the depth of their love.

You get to see what victims' families are willing to go through to ensure that the perpetrators of heinous crimes against their loved ones are captured and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Some family members of victims never give up on finding answers even after several years of the death of their loved ones and keep pressing until the perpetrators are finally captured. It also portrays the level of grief and pain victims' families go through on a daily basis as a result of the loss of their loved ones. Some family members are not able to deal with it and commit suicide so they can be together with their loved ones again. Seeing what these families go through makes you appreciate every moment with your family and also pushes you to go out of your way to spend quality time with them because it might be the last time you might see them.

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It Improves Your Situational Awareness

Learning to be constantly aware of your surroundings should be an attribute that everyone should possess. Unfortunately, due to the stress from school and work, most people go about their daily activities absent minded and do not pay much attention to very important details which can be the difference between life and death. True crime shows helps to increase your situational awareness. This can help you react quickly when you feel there is imminent danger.

For example, you find yourself walking alone along a path and realize a man has been walking behind you for the past five minutes. Some people might attribute it to nothing and probably go ahead to text on their phones. However, somebody who has learned a thing or two from watching crime shows knows immediately never to take any situation for granted. Your ability to sense impending danger gives you a slight advantage and helps you react quickly before the danger becomes fatal. In the first place, any woman with a great situational awareness wouldn't risk walking alone in quiet areas. However, most people are complacent and believe no serious danger can befall them. When danger strikes, it is usually too late for them. This was the case with Dawn Ashworth, a 15-year-old girl who was beaten, savagely raped and strangled to death by Colin Pitchfork. This occurred when she took a shortcut instead of taking her normal route home. Her father had warned her of the dangers of walking alone along the thickly overgrown footpath called Ten Pound Lane because of a previous murder of a teenage girl called Lynda Mann, three years earlier. Colin Pitchfork was subsequently arrested and became the first person to be convicted of a crime based on DNA fingerprinting evidence and the first to be caught as a result of mass DNA screening.

You can Watch a Documentary About Colin Pitchfork Here

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It Helps you to be Patient and not Jump Into Conclusions Easily

Sometimes all evidence of a crime might point to one perpetrator. However, if you have been watching crime shows for quite some time, you know all too well the significance of the phrase "innocent until proven guilty". Emotions and gut feeling shouldn't be relied on when determining if somebody committed a crime or not. The physical evidence should always be the "key witness". There should be enough physical evidence to proof beyond all reasonable doubt that somebody indeed committed a particular crime. This prevents you from sending the wrong person to jail.

There have been numerous cases where victims' families have jumped into conclusions quickly and forced law enforcement to put the wrong person in jail only to find out later that the real perpetrator of the crime had been walking freely on the streets all the while. They, therefore, ended up destroying the life of an innocent victim just because they weren't patient enough to let the law run its course. Hence, patience is a very important value that one can learn from watching true crime shows. A typical example of a situation like this is what happened to Ray Krone, who was wrongfully convicted of murder. He was labeled the "Snaggletooth Killer" (a feature which has since been corrected) and spent 10 years in prison, including two years on death row, after being found guilty of killing a Phoenix, Arizona, bartender in 1991.

You can Watch a Video on the "Snaggle Tooth Killer" Here

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It Helps you to Appreciate Science

Science has been progressing at a truly remarkable pace in recent years. Today, due to modern advances in technology, the probability of a criminal getting caught when he or she commits a crime is quite high. The application of science to criminal and civil laws is called Forensic Science. Forensic science has evolved to include various subdivisions. We have Computational forensics which concerns the development of algorithms and software to assist forensic examination. Forensic anthropology is the application of physical anthropology in a legal setting, usually for the recovery and identification of skeletonized human remains. Forensic astronomy uses methods from astronomy to determine past celestial constellations for forensic purposes. Forensic botany is the study of plant life in order to gain information regarding possible crimes. Other subdivisions of forensic science include: forensic chemistry, forensic DNA analysis, forensic engineering, forensic entomology, forensic geology, forensic geophysics, forensic meteorology, forensic odontology, forensic pathology, forensic toxicology and blood spatter analysis.

It is fascinating how tiny and unlikely evidence left at a crime scene can change the whole course of a criminal investigation. There is nothing that is of little value at a crime scene nowadays. Every aspect of science is of great importance when analyzing a crime scene. If you really want to have a deep appreciation of how every aspect of science is utilized in catching killers, then you should start watching Forensic Files. You would come to realize how the tiniest detail can be used as evidence to convict a criminal.

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      CK Amoabeng 16 months ago from Germany

      fpherj48. Thats nice. Its glad to hear from someone who also enjoys watching True Crime. The part of you watching whatever you can until you fall asleep made me laugh because thats what I do sometimes.

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I really enjoy watching True Crime. I like pretty much all of them although I have my favorites. I've been a loyal fan of Law & Order for a very long time and I know they are not specifically current & Actual known cases, they are all based upon past files from law enforcement across the country.

      I don't watch any TV throughout the day. I take my time to unwind after a long hard day when it's time for me to nestle into bed. I flip on the TV, set the timer and watch whatever I can until I fall asleep. Another huge favorite of mine is Blue Bloods....The cast on this program is outstanding.