Why are True Crime Shows So Popular?


Are you fascinated by true crime? Do you ever wonder what makes true crime shows so hugely popular?

Find out how these captivating true crime shows draw in millions of viewers – listeners with their suspenseful stories and gripping tales. We explore the hidden factors that make us keep listening and learn why this category has become a global phenomenon.

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There is no doubt that the True Crime Podcast category is ultra-successful. The question many people have is the Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories Podcast True Crime, or not?

Well, yes, and no. We describe the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and the Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories Podcast as True Crime with a twist.

Wikipedia says that “True crime is a nonfiction literary, podcast, and film genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people associated with and affected by criminal events.

The crimes most commonly include murder; about 40 percent focus on tales of serial killers.[1][2] True crime comes in many forms, such as books, films, podcasts, and television shows. Many works in this genre recount high-profile, sensational crimes such as the Jon Benét Ramsey killing, the O. J. Simpson murder case, and the Pamela Smart murder, while others are devoted to more obscure slayings.

True crime works can impact the crimes they cover and the audience who consumes it.[3] The genre is often criticized for being insensitive to the victims and their families and is described by some as trash culture.”

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In television the ID Channel proves the popularity of the format, in their case in a video format. According to the LA Times, “In the current era when TV viewers can watch what they want when they want it, ID fans are a throwback. When they turn the channel on, they leave it on. ID viewers watch an average of 54 continuous minutes a day, the most of any broadcast or cable network in the women 25-to-54 age group, Nielsen says.”

No one has ever said that the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma stories podcast is “insensitive to the victims”. Why? The main reason why is our guests tell their stories they don’t talk about someone else’s story.

Our guests are divided into two main categories. One is Law Enforcement Officers that talk about the realities of crimes they have investigate. The other guests are Law Enforcement Officers, other First Responders, Military Veterans, victims of crime, their spouses or survivors. They talk about trauma they have endured, usually crime based, but not always. They explain the impacts on them and what they did to build their lives after the trauma.

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I suspect that there are a few things that attracts people to the True Crime format, one I call the “train wreck effect” and the other is “that could happen to me too”. The train wreck effect is like a bad traffic accident on the roadway, no matter how awful it is people still can’t help but look to see. And the true crime shows on television have proven the “could that happen to me too” example over and over again. Another powerful reason is the “can I figure it out” or “could I do better” aspect of consumers.

And I add one more to our show, the motivation factor. For example, how many people listen to the stories of the guest and think, if they can build a life after these crimes and trauma, so can I.

The Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast: Crime and Trauma Stories can be separated into two categories. One being the syndicated weekly radio show and the podcast. There are a few episodes that are podcast only, however what is broadcast on the radio show, is available a couple weeks later on the podcast. The Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories podcast is and always has been free to listen to. There is no membership fee, or paywalls.

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The weekly radio show is syndicated by Talk Media Network and at the time of this report has 95 affiliate stations broadcasting the show weekly to more than 29 million combined population. The syndicated Law Enforcement Today Radio Show, is constantly adding more stations, further proof of the popularity of the show, for both radio listeners and the host radio stations.

So, the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories Podcast is driven by the guests and their stories. That is why we say the show is True Crime with a twist.

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Why are True Crime Shows So Popular?

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