Here's an article that I was pointed to: Confessions of a Non-serial Killer. It's an article by a man who was the target of a conspiracy theorist who fancied himself as a code-breaker and who thought he had found the Zodiac Killer.
What I loved about this article was how it's actually a really interesting commentary on a phenomenon I think we are living through - Murder as Entertainment. Or something more catchy, it's Monday afternoon and I've been wading through endless committee meeting minutes (I sit on 6 committees these days - work and outside work - that IS crazy, right?)
In any case, we now can view more murders on our weeknight television screens than actually occur in real life. Most murders, at least here in Perth, are committed as part of domestic violence or conflict of some kind, occur in the heat of the moment and are committed by someone known to the victim. In other words, most murders are not mysteries begging to be solved. In fact, I would argue we have almost fetishised the serial killer with the proportion of air time this genre now gets each week. As though there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of people out there plotting and planning elaborate clues to leave behind after they defile or desecrate the bodies of their victims. And that these acts are delicately linked to some kind of horrible trauma or cruel past experienced by the killer that they are trying to poetically express, through the killing and then the trail of clues.
As though there are hundreds or thousands of genuis sociopaths out there each looking to elaborately kill a chain of people who all fit in to some kind of pattern or MO.
What is it that fascinates us about people like this - is it the delicious fear of being outwitted by someone completely ammoral and violent? Is it the idea that even the most quick-witted, brilliant and sadistic person can be easily found and put behind bars in 42 minutes by the average (not brilliant, but perhaps scripted to be witty) police detective?
I don't know.
But what I like about what this article is saying is what happens when the average person thinks they are a role in Medium or Law and Order but actually, is not. And gets it oh so wrong. What it is saying is we live in a zeitgeist where all mysteries can be solved and often by the rogue citizen. It must be so - it's on TV. That makes it true. Right?