You shall not murder

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you hear about murder cases, mass shootings and senseless acts of violence?

Why do people choose to engage in such evil acts?  That is a question that will never have a suitable answer…

The magnitude of violent crimes that take place in our communities is astounding.  The statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is eye opening for sure.   

It breaks my heart to hear people talk about loved ones who are missing.  The number of missing person reports filed in the United States is unbelievable. The thought that sexual predators, active serial killers and human traffickers may be stalking our streets is frightening, to say the least.  Although stranger abduction make up a small percentage in missing person cases, the fear that one of these disturbing criminals is involved in a disappearance has to be a worry to families and friends of those who are missing.   

Mass shootings and school violence seem to be becoming more widespread.  This has been recognized in the United States prompting federal support as well as studies to develop an understanding of such violent acts for the purpose of prevention, preparedness in responding, and recovery from the incidents.  

Family and child killings are beyond upsetting.  It used to be unusual to hear of children killed by parents, those who should be protecting them and guiding them through life.  Now it is a regular occurrence for news to broadcast family killings and suicides or stories of heartless parents taking their children's lives.

This begs the question, are murders and violent crimes increasing, or is there just more coverage than there has been in the past? 

Prevalence of murder & violent Acts

Statistics indicate that murder and violent crimes as a whole have actually decreased over the last decade, which is surprising.  There are certain crimes that have increased.  It seems like every day the news is filled with crime reports of a destructive nature. 

Listening to or reading the news on daily basis can be overwhelming.  Broadcast opinions and division created by disagreements are not something that I enjoy being involved in, so I tend to avoid it.  I find myself studying the cases after the fact at my own leisure. 

True Crime Obsession

When the events and political discussions are over, I like to find out what happened, how the cases were solved, whether or not justice was served.  Psychological analysis of the offender is also of interest; I guess because it attempts to answer the "why" when really, the motivation and reason for the criminal mind is totally incomprehensible.  Reading about the crime, the trial and the outcome in true crime books is my preference

Criminology and criminal justice has always been an interest of mine.  Fiction novels that are true to life along with true crime stories are my favorite genre. 

If I have some leisure time, you will find me watching Criminal Minds, Forensic Files or Nancy Grace on television, or reading true crime classics like The Stranger Beside Me, The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy by Ann Rule.  I also like the legal thrillers by my favorite author of all time, John Grisham.    

Crime novels, suspenseful stories and mysteries are one thing, but real crime stories are captivating.  For me, the blood and gore of violent crimes are not appealing at all.  Rather, I empathize with the victims and survivors, and I am amazed by the investigative techniques that are used to identify and prosecute violent criminals.

Offender profiling is a tool that I find interesting and forensic science amazes me.  Forensic reports help to prevent wrongful prosecutions as well as providing fairly indisputable evidence of guilt.  It is disturbing to know that individuals were wrongly convicted and later proved innocent through evidence clarified by forensic advancements. 

If I were in an early career, I would honestly choose a profession to contribute to the field criminology or criminal justice.  I'm too far in the game of life to refocus my career, but I still find the field of criminal justice to be interesting.