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The popularity of true crime stories has been growing in recent years.

The story is frequently portrayed from the victim’s or detective’s point of view and is rife with mystery and intrigue. We are drawn to the stories because they could be so captivating that they engross and enthrall us.

Some claim that the reason we are drawn to actual crime is that it gives us a sense of security by showing us what may potentially happen to us.

Others say that it’s because we’re trying to understand how someone could commit such a heinous act, but there’s no one answer to this question.

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According to 2010 research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, women are more drawn to true crime stories than men, and they are more interested in stories that provide insight into the killer’s motivations, provide details about how victims survived, and feature female victims.

As a result, this accords with the theory that individuals are drawn to true crime stories.

They feel connected with the victim and learn techniques for beating the “bad guys”.

Is it okay to have an interest in True Crime?

Of course! Being interested in true crime is nothing unusual.

“It says that we’re normal and healthy.”

Dr Michael Mantell, a former San Diego Police Department chief psychologist

Dr Mantell believes that people’s curiosity about crime serves various healthy psychological functions. There are limits if an individual does is read and talk about true crime [and have posters and newspaper clippings], Dr Mantell said he would be concerned.

Furthermore, humans enjoy puzzles, and true crime shows and podcasts stimulate our minds. They act as detectives to see if they can identify the murderer before the police catch the real offender.

Web sleuth

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Web sleuths are people who does internet-based detective work and search for information on a person or event.

These web sleuths share information collected from newspapers and other public sources on websites designed specifically for that purpose.

They communicate with one another, although not often face-to-face. Web sleuths can occasionally assist in the solving of cases.

“The majority of genuine crimes shown on television and in books are presented as puzzles that viewers and readers desire to solve,”

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University.

“It’s a mental struggle to solve that problem, and doing so offers resolution”, Dr Rasman added,

Thus, despite how terrifying they are, many true crime stories wind up being consoling in a strange sense. Some even go further as being web sleuths.

And if you enjoy true crime as we do, then here’s an exciting news for you!

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Chanthology brings you our first book, Serial Killers: Their Creation, Crimes & Capture, by Devon F. Walker.

Learn what motivates someone to commit cold-blooded murder and discover the 13 most notorious serial killers of all time.

Stay tuned for more details as we draw closer to the release date.

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