True crime fascinates many of us, but are women more drawn to it than men? Yes, says journalist Rachel Monroe, who has recently authored a book examining in-depth case studies of four archetypes:
Detective, Victim, Defender, and Killer.
The book is Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession.
Monroe was recently interviewed by J. Oliver Conroy for The Guardian, and the interview begins with this:
As you point out in Savage Appetites, the consumers of true crime are overwhelmingly female. Why do you think that is?
It’s complex and there’s no single, monolithic answer – in part because there’s no single, monolithic woman.
One common, overarching explanation is that true crime stories allow women to talk about and explore vulnerability. Reading a true crime story about a stalker who murdered his girlfriend might be a way for a woman to process her own anxieties. Source: Why are women obsessed with true crime? Rachel Monroe has some answers | Life and style | The Guardian
If you are a true crime fan, the interview will fascinate you and may put you on the road to reading the book.
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