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Our true crime fetish has nothing to do with the search for justice | Fiona Sturges

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The entire genre has been built primarily on the abuse and murder of women. It’s time to move onIn A Very Fatal Murder, the New York journalist David Pascall investigated the killing of Hayley Price, a 17-year-old prom queen from small-town Nebraska with “big dreams and clear skin”. The unsolved case was the fruit of a lengthy search by Pascall and his production team for the ideal killing. They wanted, he said, “a murder that [was] engrossing and mysterious, a murder that perfectly reflects our nation’s current economic and social conditions … a murder in which a really hot white girl dies.” A Very Fatal Murder was the creation of the satirical organ the Onion, a magnificent sendup of the tropes of the true-crime podcast, from the tinkling soundtrack and the questing, Pulitzer-hungry host, to the big-city production crew crashing through provincial communities where “no one has HBO”. It should have
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