Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jigs up, Pal!!

Add this to my list of favorite things: Real Life Crime Dramas. (Since I've given up on memes, it's kind of an non-tangible list) I've already mentioned Dateline, but I also look forward to 48 Hours on Saturday nights ..."The mystery starts in 30 seconds..."

What always amazes me is when criminals seriously think they will get away with a crime when it is obvious to anyone with half a brain that they committed the crime!!! And then when they get off the hook with one crime - they are often arrogant enough to attempt another one years later - like none one will notice??? Think OJ here.

Did anyone see last week's Dateline with the antifreeze murders?? That was another good example. Kill off one husband with antifreeze - get away with it - so why not try it again 10 years later on the second husband?? Stooooooooopid....

So I was beyond elated to read that Mr. Smug himself, Joran Van Der Sloot, appears to have finally tripped up a second time (allegedly). How delusional can he possibly be to think he could get away with murder not once, but twice (allegedly)...And did you read that it was 5 years to the date of Natalee Halloway's disappearance? How freaky is that???

Let justice finally be served for Natalee's poor mom. It is a travesty that he has been roaming free all these years... (BTW, is she still dating Jon Benet Ramsey's dad?- I always thought that to be a nice coupling.)

Do you get excited about real life crime dramas or do you prefer the Law & Order variety?


*The original title to this post was "Gigs Up, Pal" but then I asked VC if it was supposed to be "gig" or "jig" and he went on to tell me the history behind the expression involving fishing lures. Boy's a genius. Wonder who he gets that from :D

21 comments:

denise said...

hmmm...my husband is a public defender so i have sorta a different take on these things...like the "alleged" versus actual guilt...i find myself defending alleged criminals in a weird way...that said, i have kids and FREAK out about these things in real life...though i do enjoy shows like "raising the bar" which covers stuff like this only from the other side? i can't think too much about the horrible things people do or even begin to imagine why...i try not to watch news much as i then get even more freaked out. interesting topic, though and i agree with you about stupidity of doing the same crime twice?! though i think some psychopaths like the arrogance and challenge of that idea even knowing they could get caught...

Jayne said...

I love reading and seeing programmes about real life crimes. Based on all this 'research' I think I may now have figured out 'the perfect murder'. Unfortunately I can't share it here because I'm planning to put it in a crime novel! One day.

The problem with real life crimes is that unless we are talking about a psycopath, people are emotionally led and so do stupid things. And then there are just the plain stupid [sick] and arrogant ...the people who got away with it once and so figure that it's OK to do exactly the same crime again.

alessandra said...

Hmmm, I don't even watch the news, I live in my own world :D

Katie Gates said...

OMG, several years ago, while consulting on-site at a local (L.A.) nonprofit that caters to at-risk youth, I experienced a serious sociopath: a fake f--king priest!

The man in question has since been "profiled" -- and I use that term loosely and with disgust -- on NBC nightline and Dr. (Freekin) Phil.

When I worked with the sociopath in question, my antennae rose. I knew he was a creep. And after that first antennal flailing, I did all I could to bring attention to his sociopathic ways.

But... pop journalism isn't interested in how down and dirty some mental illnesses are.

Surprise? No.

Nevertheless, the fake-priest stayed in my head, and his personality ultimately changed the direction of my first novel. He went from "Father" to "fodder."

Experience informs story-telling.

mac said...

I prefer the real life stories.

I hate those shows where the criminal is the hero. Too me, a criminal is just never my idea of a good guy...maybe he/she could be decent, but not if they''re commiting crimes.

THELOOKING_GLASS said...

I love True Crime.. Fascinating!
Though I do watch the Law & Order type. Sorry it's been pulled. Maybe it's a voyeurism thing?

Mommy, I'm Home said...

You know I rarely watch TV, but the other day while flying back from Florida on Frontier I was watching the TV programming they offer and found myself drawn to one of those real-life crime shows on A&E. So I guess that means I'm into the real-life stuff instead of the fictional.

~Kristen~ said...

I am fascinated by the true crime shows then at the same time I have a hard time watching...mostly because, as you mentioned, the person's guilt is usually so obvious to everyone. I understand everyone is entitled to a trial but it kills me to see the victim's family having to go through that and watching a monster actually be defended.

buffalodick said...

People go with what they know...

Kristina P. said...

It was just a coincidence! He is innocent! (Blech.) Man, that guy is a serial killer. Hope he goes to jail for something.

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I love true crime, but I enjoy reading about them. TV shows leave out a lot of details and they edit it in such a way that while watching you think the cops and others are IDIOTS for not knowing who the criminal is....well, hindsight is 20/20 and it's real easy for the tv show to make everyone involved look stupid now since they know who the criminal is. I do love Law & Order type shows though.

Herding Cats said...

I get very sucked in to real life crime dramas. I still remember the OJ case. I spent most of that summer watching it on TV with my parents, and then they revealed his "innocence" on a TV in my middle school classroom.

Randi Troxell said...

i just wanna pummel Joran Van Der Sloot head in... when i think of these poor girls parents and family.. makes me SICK to my stomach...

oh yea.. real life crime- i'm ALL THERE BABY!!

i'm all about some 48 hours- some snapped- tru crime tv.. (btw- their website rocks)... love me some of it all

Tracie said...

I knew that Joran would do something stupid and get caught eventually. He's a horrible person.

I used to watch the True Crime stuff before I had kids. Now I never do because I can't get any peace to watch anything.

My oldest is going through a phase where he's fascinated with forensics and things of this nature. He's either going to be a serial killer or an FBI agent.

blueviolet said...

I was just reading that he made that faux pas. What a massive creep. I did not know about that dating situation though. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I'm thinking not entirely cheery.

Unknown Mami said...

No, no, no, I like to pretend everything is rainbows and unicorns.

Big Mama Cass said...

They make me depressed. I have forced myself to just watch 20/20 and Barbara Walters and that's it.

Michelle Pixie said...

I am addicted to those shows as well. And I am still pretty busy shaking my head at the whole scene with that dumb boy...I really hope he gets it this time!

I would have to say your son is a genius! Who Knew?! {Apparently VC!}I totally would have gone with gig!

25BAR said...

take it ,,, easy!

Aleta said...

Greg and I like both, we'll watch Law and Order, but will also enjoy Cops, etc. Once a person fools the system, they think they can do it again. I've seen it happen. What's the saying, history repeats itself. Then they get upset to having been caught. Learn the first time.... better yet, don't let there be a "first time."

Lucy said...

I think criminals can't help but do it again and again because they think they are THAT GOOD. I hope he does get convicted whether he did this one or not because I believe he killed that poor girl.
I watch all those stupid shows which led me to my total breakdown last night, well, I am blaming it on television. My family claims I am just a nutcase, whatever. I, of course, wrote my side on my blog!

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