I don’t know how it happened, but I am all about watching and listening to true crime. It’s such a weird thing because I used to steer clear of it when I was younger. There can be some pretty disturbing things, and believe me, I’ve listened to some lately. I was listening to an episode of Sword and Scale (a wonderful Podcast, by the way) and the host gave a very strong warning at the beginning of it. I thought he was maybe going a little overboard and it honestly made me want to to listen even more.
I should have listened to the warning. It was pretty terrible, and I ended up fast-forwarding to the end to find out if justice was served. I think that’s the draw in a lot of ways, hearing or seeing that the “bad” buy got arrested and thrown in jail for a long time.
However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Every time we start watching one of these types of shows, the hubby will say, “I sure hope this isn’t one of those episodes where the killer is never caught.” It’s hard to sit through one of those episodes only to find out that they are still searching for the bad guy or even worse, that the justice system failed and they were set free.
The more I listen to them and watch them, I’m starting to realize that there is never really a clear answer. There are cases where all the evidence and signs point to a certain person and they can sort of recreate what happened from that evidence, but for the most part, the only ones who ever really know the truth are the ones who were there.
There was one story where a woman was found dead at the bottom of her stairs and the husband was convicted of the crime, but he swears he didn’t do it. Now, there is someone involved in the case who says the evidence points to an owl. He believes an owl attacked this woman and she ran inside only to die at the bottom of the stairs. Honestly, after watching her husband and her kids and listening to the story and this new far-fetched idea, I sort of think it is more plausible than the husband.
It’s all just so interesting. I think that’s what keeps me listening and searching for new shows and podcasts. It also helps with story ideas, so I suppose that’s another plus.