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Kevin M. Sullivan

I believe many people treat true crime in much the same way they do a good horror movie; that is, they want to be engrossed by the story and vicariously experience the fear, but for a brief time only. Folks do much the same thing when they read of war and famous battles. However, true crime (unlike war) can be experienced by anyone at anytime and anywhere. No one is immune from the possibility of becoming a victim of murder, rape, or other types of assault, and in the back of our minds we know this. As such, the desire to delve into such things may in fact stem from this possibility , and if so, would mean our need to continually peek into this world of mayhem has deep-seated roots indeed.

I can tell you (and probably have) that many times I've been drawn to research certain homicide cases just to find out what actually happened. And while it's true I would always write a story about the murder, the initial desire to find out how, and perhaps why it happened was what was really propelling me forward.

Sounds kinda personal, doesn't it? Well maybe it is.

Mark Daniels

The "CSI" series of TV programs are among the highest rated. Fictional thrillers from Thomas Harris (whom I credit with the boom to the field) to James Patterson are among the best selling books on the shelves. And yet nobody who watches "CSI" or reads Patterson has to defend their tastes. For some reason, we - who essentially have the same interest as those people, only we prefer FACTUAL cases - get the snobby attitude from others when they discover what it is we're reading, and we DO have defend our tastes. Why?

Perhaps it needs saying: for most people, myself included, the fascination and interest lies more with the killers than with the victims. Authors of true crime and the better fictional thrillers know this, and try to give us what we most want: the most depraved minds, the most unusual cases, the serial killers with the largest body counts. We enjoy these books and then sometimes question our own mental health: WHY do I like this stuff?? Am I psychotic or something? We know we are not, and yet can't see a better answer.

It may simply be that "people like looking at the car accident as they pass"; everybody has a certain morbid curiousity about dark things. Being very normal, we do too. And what's wrong with that?

Looks like an interesting book.

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