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Making a Murderer: why we’re hooked on true crime

Speculating on real-life murder cases is addictive but dangerous

By Sameer Rahim  
Steven Avery on trial for killing Teresa Halbach © PA

Steven Avery on trial for killing Teresa Halbach © PA

Two great fictional detectives have very different approaches to solving crimes. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is a masterly logician, coldly assessing the facts before deducing the killer. GK Chesterton’s Father Brown is the opposite, trusting his emotional instincts and imaginative sympathy. (Think of them as the Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams of the detective world.) Shows like Netflix’s hugely successful Making a Murderer and last year’s Serial podcast (which has…

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