Then, we become predator or prey. We are fixing to right a perceived wrong, or we are about to receive the ultimate punishment. We are cashing in the life insurance, or we are downed by bullet or bloody knife. And always --never does this change -- our neighbors are being interviewed on local news exclaiming, He was always a friendly guy. She generally kept to herself. This kind of thing never happens here!
True Crime worth its luminol encourages us to wonder why Fran's ex was seen driving by her house or listen in a bit closer to the neighbors' all night screaming match. True Crime lays it all out for us to witness how the motive was conceived, what obstacles were circumvented, and all the mayhem the motive had eventually caused. True Crime gives us the power to predict an outcome, too -- with its professionally arranged ethereal background music that informs us when a lie is about to be spoken and when all hope is to be lost for good.
True Crime gives us the right to feel sympathy, to hate, and to just plain wag our finger. That poor soul should have listened to his brother! That man's wife should have checked his messages!