Real crime beats fiction

You feel an odd sense of accomplishment after a marathon of your favorite crime TV show. After hours of “Criminal Minds”, “Law and Order”, “Bones” or one of the many other fictional crime shows on television, it’s almost as if you were the one to catch countless murderers.

But something that may be even more fulfilling is watching the true crime shows, such as “Snapped”, “The Jinx” and “Making a Murderer”. These realistic accounts of actual crimes shed light on just how fictionalized some of our favorite shows can be.

While lab results come back quickly and the correct murderer is caught in a matter of days on fictional crime shows, true crime TV shows viewers that this is just not the case.

On shows like “Snapped”, crimes take years to solve. On “The Jinx”, the killer may never be brought to justice. And on “Making a Murderer”, the man behind bars may not even be guilty.

“Snapped” on Investigation Discovery follows police departments across the country as they solve murders. The show features reenactments with actors and interviews with detectives and psychologists. The show delves into the motives behind the crimes and what lead to the murderers ‘snapping.’

“The Jinx” is a documentary series that aired on HBO and tells the story of alleged murderer Robert Durst. He is suspected of killing three people, including his wife Kathleen McCormack in 1990, his friend Susan Berman in 2000 and a neighbor in 2003. These crimes are the inspiration behind the 2010 film “All Good Things” starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, according to Magnolia Pictures.

Durst was arrested for murder a few days before the finale aired and the final episode featured a shocking possible confession.

“Making A Murderer” is a Netflix documentary series about Steven Avery, a man from Wisconsin who was exonerated after 18 years in prison for sexual assault and attempted murder and then later charged with another murder. Since the documentary premiered, a petition to pardon Avery was signed by 128,000 people and brought to the attention of President Obama.

Check out some true crime shows for your next binge watching session. With accurate timelines, insight into the true science behind crime-solving and real-life mysteries, true crime shows can be just as sensational as your favorite detective shows. Maybe uncovering the real truth can be even more satisfying than the fictional one.


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