Tuesday, February 10, 2009

How many SWM serial killers do you think appear on the inside of book jackets?

Every once in a while I accumulate several random topics that I just want to get out there into the open. Typically, these are complaints or observations of mine that I can no longer keep to myself, and must share with you. Today is one of those days.

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So I love watching crime shows. Not just the CSI's but also the ones based on real-life crimes, like City Confidential or THS Investigates. But sometimes these shows are hard to watch because they show actual photos or videos of bodies that have been brutally murdered.

So my random thought on this subject is this:

Why are serial killers always white men who are seemingly normal?

Seriously. How many Asian serial killers are there? Or women? Or black dudes? The answer is few to none. There must be something sick and twisted about the mind of the white male that causes 1 in every so-many-thousands to be capable of this. Serial killers don't just gun people down and drive away. They like to overpower, torture and slowly draw life out of their victims. There is evidence that shows that serial killers have something unique going on in their brains, and I think we're going to start to see this researched more and more. And as much as I want to prevent serial killers from ever having an opportunity to kill anyone, would it be fair to incarcerate someone just because they have the 'serial killer brain defect'? What would that mean about other forms of predictive criminalization? It's a scary thought.

You may be wondering why I voluntarily subject myself to such shows. Clearly I am not the only one fascinated by this dark world of crime, as there are many shows of this nature on television these days, and they are getting more and more graphic each day. I don't know why actually. But there is something raw and real about this. I think it's easy to live in our little bubble of middle- or upper- class comfort and forget that these things are continuously going on around us. It's a reminder of what we have and how good we have it. But in truth, it's always been something that interested me. I remember taking a Criminology class in high school and just being completely fascinated by it. It's probably one of those careers that if I knew then what I know now, I may have chosen it as a career path. But for now, I merely indulge my crime-scene-investigator-obsession with hours and hours of mind numbing TV.

One last serial killer thought... why are repeated gang killers not considered serial killers? I mean, some gang members kill multiple people in the same manner, right? Perhaps, the reason that serial killers tend to be while males is because of the definition of 'serial killer'...

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Onto rant No. 2. This is a short one. Did you ever notice that so many people say "for all intensive purposes"? Well, it's not 'intensive" people. It's "for all intents and purposes". I never knew this until relatively recently when Mr. T went off on a rant of his own about how stupid some people are. Though I don't think that misusing this particular phrase indicates stupidity (mainly because I was not aware of it), I do agree with his general sentiment.

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Have you ever been reading a great book and when you get to the middle half of the book, when the pages start to want to close in on themselves, and you see someone's face peeking out at you from behind the pages? Do you find it hard to continue to concentrate on the great plot line because this author's creepy face is staring at you? Well, I personally am not a fan of the author bio pic. I get it. I really do. If I wrote a book, I'd probably want a glamor shot pic of me looking my best in there, too. But it's very distracting. And more often than not, they are very unattractive and have that creepy gleam in their eye. I mean, take Steven King: oober-creepy. And Dean Koontz (above -- yup, that's him -- not an actual serial killer.... that we know of), who looks like he could be Steven King's long-lost younger brother. Ick. Just my two cents. And since several of you readers will probably become famous bloggers-turned-autobiographical-novelists, don't take this rant of mine to heart. You're gorgeous. [wink wink]

10 comments:

  1. My husband always says "the just of things"
    no dumbass its the JIST. Drives me freakin' nuts.

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  2. Crime shows are like the topics of weight loss/vanity and porn - they're multi-billion dollar industries because of our primal nature.

    You're gorgeous too. [wink wink, infinity]

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  3. There was that Tom Cruise movie about crimes before they happened, remember?
    And you have an excellent point about gang killings. But I think they don't qaulify because they usually kill more than one person at a time. Now I'm going to think about this, thanks.

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  4. Stephen King totally creeps me out. He is at least as scary as his books, possibly more, because he is walking around out there somewhere...

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  5. I wonder what Mr. T thinks of the expression .. "Believe me you" .. what's up with that one?!?!

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  6. you bring up some good points, friend. I think we only hear about the serial killers that took forever to get caught and well, the famous ones also.

    I can't get into crime shows, but I do love the First 48, because it teaches me where NOT TO GO in Dallas. In other words, I don't want to get shot.

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  7. I think I'm so obsessed with violent crime shows because they make me feel more sane.

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  8. I laughed at the insanity of the title compared with the first sentence, as if serial killers is a subject you just HAVE to talk about :)))

    I'm a CSI girl too.

    As for serial killers, who cares why they do it? It makes for good entertainment.
    Wait...did I say that???

    oh and honey please take off the word verif!!!

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  9. #2 drives be crazy. And I am fascinated by serial killers. In fact, I considered going into the field of serial killing just to even out the demographics a little bit. In the end I realized I'm not smart enough. So I'm an accountant instead.

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  10. #2 really made me laugh and then realize i have probably been saying that way it for years. Up until three years ago I thought that were called Chester Drawers instead of Chest 'of' Drawers. People in my life need to enunciate better i think.

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