Crime in entertainment makes a killing

thehofstrachronicle.com - 02-04

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In recent years, our society’s deep obsession with crime and horror, shown through the cases of murderers and serial killers, has made its way into the mainstream media. Although programs such as “20/20” and “60 Minutes” have existed for quite some time, the lives of infamous criminals are now being reimagined to show the sides of the stories that the cameras never caught. When “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” premiered in 2016, it received much fanfare as well as continued hype for the show after each episode aired. While including the well-known images and phrases from the trial, the show also showed something beyond what was shown on the news – the perspective of Simpson before and during the trial. With that, this new generation of television viewers learned about the crimes committed by Simpson, while older generations got to relive what they had previously experienced but with a fresher perspective. The major success of the show brought the new generation into this dark and curious fascination with the twisted minds of killers, and it set off a trend in showcasing some of the most infamous murders in a new light.