Crime is boring. That’s it. You heard me right. Crime bores me. All crime is the same.
Where are the crime entrepreneurs? It is bad that old cases fascinate me more than new ones. Someone been shot dead in the street? Boring! Someone has had their organs removed, almost surgically, and no one knows who did it? Tell me more!
Crime seems to be mainstream now. And I don’t mean that in the Crime Novel or movie way. I mean that it seems to be more socially acceptable. A recent case local to me saw a woman be diagnosed with Battered Wife Syndrome (or something to that effect). She got 3 and a half years for murdering her boyfriend. The comments on the newspaper went wild. The victim had been portrayed as a party lifestyle jobless male, and he had a look about him that made you think ‘Drug Dealer’. Well, he was also knocking his girlfriend about. Then a family member joined the comments defending him. They were saying that is what life is like. Why should he be killed for hitting his wife? Is this really what life is like?
Or is it not the crime that is boring, but the criminals? The one I am intrigued by is the one shrouded in mystery. Are criminals just that stupid that they get caught easier?
As a crime writer, I turn to real crime for inspiration. But when I am bored by it, when real life criminals don’t leave much to the imagination, that can be harder.
But one crime recently did catch my eye. The perpetrator was caught pretty much straight away. But it was interesting because it was elaborate and carefully thought out. And I am guessing that had he not been caught, he might have been successful. You can read more about it here.