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From Madeleine McCann to Ted Bundy, what our obsession with true crime says about us

The interest in true crime stories kicked off by Serial and Making a Murderer shows no sign of abating. But do we lose something of ourselves when we focus so many stories of horror and violence?

By Caspar Salmon  

A screenshot from the new Netflix Madeleine McCann documentary. Photo: Youtube Screengrab

The ushering onto our screens this month of a Netflix documentary about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, following the Oscar-nominated Detainment (about James Bulger), Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy TapesThe Case Against Adnan SyedThe StaircaseMaking A MurdererCasting JonBenét, and Amanda Knox, begs the question of whether we run the peril of running out of entertaining murders at some point. You could add podcasts such as SerialS Town and My Favorite Murder, and fictionalised shows such as American Crime StoryMindhunter and Waco, to…

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