The Moral Implications of True Crime

Vanessa Albino, Editor-in-Chief

 

 Social media has ushered in a new storm of true crime-obsessed fans. In light of this, it’s important to discern that there is a fine line between innate curiosity and the glamorization of murder. Sadly many fans cross this line. 

The proof lies in the numerous Tiktok and Youtube videos that have been made by true crime fanatics, talking openly about gruesome murder while royalty-free scary music plays in the background. Netflix documentaries on Bundy and Dahmer have done nothing but raise interest in these subjects as well. 

This has sparked a surge of storytime-esque videos, where content creators set up ring lights and do their makeup whilst recanting graphic and unsettling crimes. YouTubers like Bailey Sarian and Danielle Kirsty are some of the most well-known creators of this niche Youtube subgroup, however, with their videos raking in millions of views, the end is nowhere in sight. 

It’s an odd trend for sure, to be able to nonchalantly do your makeup while profiting off of the death of someone else. There certainly is an air of insincerity that attaches itself to these kinds of videos. 

While an interest in the subject of crime is not necessarily bad, the problem lies with the sensationalization of these topics. Victims of murder are not treated as real people, instead, like characters from a sick story. 

This true crime genre has also drawn in a fairly young demographic, which is concerning as fixations on serial killers and crime could potentially lead to something more nefarious. 

Following the Columbine massacre in 1999, there were dozens of forums made on Tumblr where avid fangirls of the two shooters showered them in praise, what’s to say this won’t happen again? 

“While it is interesting, true crime could be a major contributor to the increment of violence in America. Many videos portray criminals as smart and creative for their methods of murder. This itself is alarming because of its insensitivity towards the victims and their families. Personally, I enjoy watching these videos, but it makes me question my own morals and ethics,” said a fan of true crime, Juliana Melara-Recinos. 

Some teens even acknowledge the fact that being fans of true crime can lead to implications in the future.

Junior Hannah Costeira had this to say on the matter “While I do enjoy watching those kinds of videos on Youtube and Tiktok, I understand how it’s become a desensitized topic in the media.”

This true-crime obsession the internet is currently going through will eventually die down as do many trends, however, the future is unknown and it won’t be long before the effects of the true-crime wave are felt.