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If you look at murder destinations or at the collections of murderabilia from a lens of investigation or wonder, I think they can be interesting. But, if you have been victimized they can be insensitive and re-victimizing. Perhaps it would best if there is a sensitive time period which people wait to open up their murder museums.
Yes, I think there's too much focus on criminals and not enough on the victims who suffered so horrifically and lost their lives and the family, friends and acquaintances who are impacted by their deaths for the rest of their lives. I think this is a far more interesting topic than what drives serial killers. We all know that in most cases it boils down to male violence, misogyny and the pornography of death and destruction that infects and twists their minds. There's no big mystery to it. Museums, books, TV shows interviews etc. just fuel that fire, encourage other criminals and make entertainment out of unimaginable horror and pain. I don't think there's ever an appropriate time period to open up such a museum. It's an ethical issue in my opinion.
I am an Israeli criminologist who study the subject of multiple victims murder.
I agree that part of the scientific interest in serial murderers was arouse by the films and popular media about them.
The problem is that we remember all the names of serial killers but we don't know one name of the victims. This is wxactly the de-humanization and de-personalization that serial killers are doing.
In addition, the popular culture makes differentiation between a "good" killer wjo helps the F.B.I or Dexter who kills only the bad ones, vs. bad serial murderers. Its wrong!!!
It seems to be mostly men who are drawn to this kind of material. Perhaps because they're less likely to be victims and are able to be more detached and desensitized? Perhaps it's that men are more likely to consume pornography, hence the pornography of violence is just another product to consume, fixate on and fetishize.
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Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., an expert on murder and other shadow themes, teaches forensic psychology and has published 46 books.
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