Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Nothing quite grabs a mystery writer's attention like true crime. That being said, I rarely read books about true crime anymore. I used to--all the time. Anything I could get my hands on. But then...I had kids. And those stories started hitting too close to home. And I started playing the what-if game (what if this happened to me, etc). Yeah. I can't take that kind of stress. So I stopped reading the books, but I do still follow news clips about true crime. I get less freaked when I read about the evils of this world in small doses.
I'm fascinated right now with the Joran Van der Sloot case--the young man accused of killing a woman in Peru recently. He was also the lead suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba a couple of years ago. A known liar, he's now saying he'll make a deal. He'll tell where Natalie's body is in exchange for moving him to a different (nicer) prison.
Here's my rub. He lies. He's lied about where Natalee's body might be before, sending police on wild goose chases. BUT, wouldn't it be so nice for Natalee's parents to have some closure? To bring their daughter home. So I say, yeah, make the deal but only follow through if the body is found. It would be worth it, even though doing any kind of favor for that young man sets my teeth on edge.
Do you follow true crime? Steer clear?
Posted by Heather Webber at 7:04 AM