I want to write about this new trend of murder shows because it seems murder is annoyingly the hot topic nowadays. Perhaps it all started with the Serial podcast that everyone obsessed over followed by Making a Murderer. Now Netflix is nothing but documentaries on serial killers and real unsolved crimes. There’s an actual podcast called My Favorite Murder that’s trending. Ew. A murder obsessed epidemic is going on. And it’s pissing me off.
Now, I know murder sells, but what’s disturbing about these shows and podcasts are that it’s based on true events. Like real actual people. These aren’t just fictional characters to discuss on a Tinder date to kill time before you f*ck.
I feel strongly about this because murder runs in my family. My mother was murdered and both my grandparents were murdered on separate occasions. It’s an awful family legacy, and hopefully it stops with me. One would think that I would like this new entertainment fad because it’s familiar, but no. I hate it. Very little do these shows deal with the aftermath of the lives of the families and what they must live with. It’s mainly about the crime itself and the fascinating life of the person who committed the crime. I think it’s gross.
Yes, there’s always been Dateline and news shows like that, but we’ve gone off the rails recently. It's out of control. What the f*ck is going on?
There’s something very harsh and shameful about a murder in one’s family. When I tell people that my mother died when I was young, a typical response is… “Oh, no. Was it cancer?” Followed by me replying, “No. She was murdered.” Then there is a look of shock and intense awkwardness from the other person. I mean, of course. It’s so heavy and so dark. I usually make some joke afterwards because I don’t want the other person to feel uncomfortable. I end up consoling them.
I would love for there to be less of a stigma with murder. I do think we should openly talk about it. I’m not the only person who has had someone close to them get murdered. Perhaps you have to be in the murder survivor’s club to understand what I’m saying, but these shows and podcasts are really lame, guys.