Over the past couple of years there has undoubtedly been a tremendous rise in popularity towards a genre of journalism that has been around for decades. Whilst works such as Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter were bestsellers at the time of their publication in the 1960s and 1970s, respectively, modern day works of investigative crime journalism such as WBEZ’s hugely popular podcast, Serial, and HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary miniseries, The Jinx, bring a new audience to the world of true crime. But what makes murder so appealing?
The newest addition to the world of true crime is Netflix’s ten-part documentary series that took ten years to produce, before being released last December. Making a Murderer, despite receiving minor criticism that it was not entirely objective, has captivated the minds of many people, including BBC journalist Louis Theroux, who said he was “hooked”.