Since the 1970s when serial killers gained their popularity, people have found themselves fascinated with their macabre lives. Though no one wants to admit it, the interest with serial killers has increased due to media coverage and our never ending curiosity. According to Dr. Bonn, people with a normal capacity to love and care for others have a difficult time understanding how a fellow human being could commit such terrible crimes. His article discusses how people fear for their own safety because when they cannot understand someone’s actions they have no way of preventing them. Furthermore, people focus on survival and therefore want to learn about anything that could pose a threat to them. Serial killers are also very rare, which intrigues many people, and also very random which makes people uncomfortable. People also like the adrenaline posed by danger.
Similarly, David Schmid added that the media has had a major role in the public’s interest in serial killers. From television shows, documentaries, to horror movies, the public has a never-ending thirst for adrenaline and terror (aspects a the story of a serial murderer provides).
Schmid, David. “Why Americans Are So Fascinated by Serial Killers.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 23 June 2017, www.history.com/news/why-americans-are-so-fascinated-by-serial-killers.
“Our Curious Fascination With Serial Killers.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/wicked-deeds/201710/our-curious-fascination-serial-killers.Tags: Judge Memorial Catholic High School