A Look at The True Crime Genre
The true crime genre has much to offer and always packs an extra heavy dose of thrill and excitement since it is more than fiction. Let’s start going through some great true crime stories that will entertain you on so many levels and also leave you educated.
Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky, as you can tell from this book’s title, Sons of Cain explores the many serial killers that the world has known throughout history. It offers a very interesting take on how serial killers have evolved with society, familiarizing the reader to prolific and lesser known serial killers. The most interesting thing about this book is the writer’s theory about how America’s “golden age” of serial killers can be directly tied to World War II.
Vronsky noted that American serial killers during 1950 to 2000 were all fathered by war veterans who had taken part in the Second World War. While there isn’t any hard evidence present to back up this statement, the book mentions that these children were raised in times that were badly affected by the outcomes of humanity’s bloodiest war. The serial killers that were born during the golden era are particularly prolific and have become a source of inspiration for many crime writers.
You can find many takes on notable serial killer cases that have been penned by various writers. Each of these books presenting a kind of analysis that crime writers have conducted on notable cases, some writers make their work more interesting by adding more flair and dramatization into it. A good example of such writing can be seen in The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman. The author of this novel spent nearly a decade investigating the many dead ends and unsolved cases that were related to the infamous “Babysitter”. The Babysitter was a child killer in the Oakland County who earned his name because of how he carefully dressed his victims’ bodies before leaving them in plain sight.
Other crime books are a great source of insight on how the authorities capture killers and what lengths do they go to in order to get useful information out of them. For instance, In The Name of the Children by Jeffery L. Rinek and Marilee Strong provides a detailed look at how the FBI extract information from sex offenders by granting them parole in exchange for unobstructed information. The FBI interviews sex offenders frequently and grants them parole only if they answer each and every question, this gives the bureau useful information on how sex offenders operate and how can they be countered.
An interesting thing to note about L. Rinek’s work is that it has a soft and humane touch to it, something that is not usually found in the true crime genre. Most crime writers sound cold and logical as they write, but regardless of their tones, crime writers often produce work that is highly informative.