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.
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'...
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.
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]