I continued to have a morbid fascination with psycho/sociopaths, which encompasses many infamous murderers. However, unsolved crimes garner my greatest interest because they are the ultimate puzzle, but with serious, real implications.
True crime writing is more about conveying information than providing entertainment. Though all writing must keep the reader engaged, true crime contains real people and real victims who have been hurt and abused. Creating a work of true crime must be respectful of those who were adversely affected by the crime(s). It is about providing the reader with the story without over- sensationalizing or glorifying horrific acts.
The true crime genre exposes many people to the horrific acts perpetrated by the few. It provides a window into an area most of us hope to never experience personally. Along with illustrating the bleaker side of humans, crime writing sheds light on the inner-workings of the judicial system and its many flaws. The criminal justice system needs to manage the delicate balance between seeking justice for the victims while protecting the rights of the accused. It is an unattainable balance, yet one that must be pursued.
Starting at about age 11, I became interested in a combination of true crime and abnormal psychology. While other kids were selecting age-appropriate fiction for book reports, I was reading about serial killers and hit men. Though I am not completely sure what drove my fascination, I was mainly trying to understand how someone could commit cold-blooded murder without emotion. I wanted to know what went through the mind of a person capable of murder. Luckily, I was not exposed to violence growing up in a small, Midwestern town. I did not regularly encounter sociopaths. It was a mystery and an unknown. Curiosity got the best of me and my leisure reading involved famous crimes, unsolved murders, and biographies of those who perpetrated such crimes.
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John W. Taylor writes in the true crime genre and has published numerous articles on unsolved cases, wrongful convictions, injustice, and various aspects of the darker side of human nature. He is the author of Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating the Death of JonBenet Ramsey and Isolated Incident: Investigating the Death of Nancy Cooper published in 2012 and 2014, respectively. John is also a guest writer for "All Things Crime" Blog, Crime Traveller, and CourtJunkie. He is the executive producer and host of the podcast Twisted - Unraveling the Intricacies of True Crime. It is available through iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and Libsyn. John is a licensed private investigator and former U.S. Secret Service agent. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Check out the true crime podcast, "Twisted." Unraveling the Intricacies of True Crime, one podcast episode at a time. Case analysis, interviews, and insights into true crimes.