The Plugged In Show, Episode 73: The Dark Allure of True Crime Stories


Gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe wouldn’t have any trouble understanding our contemporary culture’s fascination with unsolved mysteries and grisly true crime stories. He called this impulse humanity’s “spirit of perverseness.” We want, somehow, to know how bad it really is. And we’re easily drawn into such stories.

We don’t have to look far to see evidence of that attraction. True crime podcasts are among the most popular in the land. And of the proliferation of similar television programs, there seems to be no end, either. Clearly, many, many people are fascinated with the stories of terrible, mysterious things that happen to others.

What does it look like to consider these popular programs through the lens of biblical discernment? Is there anything redemptive here, or is it all just “perverse,” as Poe would say? This week on The Plugged In Show, we’re talking about those very questions. So take a listen, and check out the links related to this week’s show listed below.

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.