How does a national obsession with true crime affect us?

Jul 12, 2011

Smart, Dugard, Holloway, Anthony…these are the names that have captured our national attention in the last few years, and now the public profile of these women is on the rise. Jaycee Dugard just gave her first big interview to Dianne Sawyer, Elizabeth Smart is about to become ABC News’ contributor on missing person cases and analysts expect Casey Anthony to walk out of jail and right into a book deal. The media and public’s obsession with these high-profile and completely horrific murder, kidnapping or rape cases is well documented and, in a cynical sense, totally understandable.

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