As I'm testing out new things for this blog, I'm thinking about discussing various True Crime shows here on Fridays.
First out of the gate is a show I just recently started watching called The Killer Speaks on A&E. They start out with a murder, and then they shift to talking with the murderer. It shifts back and forth between the crimes and the question/answer part. To me, it's very insightful. I mean, sure, these people make my skin crawl, but what better way to get a glimpse into the mind of a real killer? You know, without actually meeting a real killer.
It gives you a real chance to see the dead eyes and the cold, expressionless faces. To witness the hint of glee behind it all when they think you aren't paying attention. To hear the words they use to describe their crimes.
Sometimes they try to convince the viewers that they're remorseful, but you can tell they're lying. Sometimes they make excuses for why they're just wrong inside. Sometimes, it's even true - as in the case of the man who is schizophrenic. That guy knows what he did is wrong and he never wants to be let out because in prison, they make him take his medicine and he doesn't want to kill people anymore.
But the psychology of it all is fascinating. Especially if you're writing crime fiction.
Have you ever caught the show? If you're a writer, do shows like this help you build your characters? If you're a reader, what do you think of learning about the psychology behind a killer?