Crime all the Time

By Katie Koth

Crime vs. Violence

After our discussion in my true crime FSEM, I wanted to write a post about crime and violence.  In class, we discussed several questions:

1. How do crime and violence relate to each other?

2. Can there be crime outside of violence?

3. Should violent crimes always be considered the “worst” crimes?

Here is my response: As we all know, violence is often used when committing a terrible crime.  Most crimes we hear about involve some sort of violence, whether it is a murder, a rape, or any form of abuse.  So typically, when we hear about crime, we immediately think about violence.  However, there are so many crimes that do not involve violence at all.  In class, we talked about other cultures and how it is considered a crime for women to leave their heads uncovered.  Today, there are many crimes that can be committed over the internet that require no violence at all.

Violence can also exist without crime.  As I brought up in class, violence exists in sports (Football injuries, boxing, etc.)

Violence is a large part of crime, but it is not necessarily a major factor in the criminal world.  Also, every time we hear about violence, we shouldn’t automatically think of crime.

Introduction to Crime

Since the beginning of humanity, human beings have always considered “crime” to be a very negative concept.  Crime and criminals have existed since humans first walked the face of the earth.  In today’s society, crime is all around us.  On any given night, you can turn on the news and hear reports of abuse, murder, and serial killings.  Everyone knows that crime can be a very serious and morbid thing.  So why is our society so captivated by the concept of crime?  In Schechter’s interview about True Crime, he lists dozens of TV shows, books, and movies that all deal with criminal intent.  We are all aware of the solemnity of crimes, yet we spend a majority of our time being entertained by it.  Why is this?  In my opinion, we are so entertained by this concept because it makes us feel normal.  NO matter how terrible we feel about ourselves, we’ll always be better than the average serial killer or serial rapist  It also thrills us to figure out the intent behind some of these mass murders and scandals.  Schechter seems to think that taking such a morbid and gruesome topic and turning it into entertainment should be something to marvel at.  I would have to agree with him.  It takes skill to make such a negative concept a positive form of entertainment.