Saturday, February 21, 2015

Morbid Reality

I have a new obsession.

Don't worry, it's not dieting or more weird yoga stuff. But, really, when has it ever been dieting? Never. It has never been dieting. Unless we're counting my strict diet of mostly Girl Scout cookies and maybe we should be counting that. No -- it's something else that I'm not necessarily proud of but can't seem to stop.

I love true crime shows and, even worse, Lifetime Movie Network-esque movies.

(That last part is so embarrassing I'm waging an inner battle about deleting it.)

It's shameful. It's also dark, depressing, and slightly anxiety-inducing. The other day I saw a suspicious looking man sneaking through our backyard and hid in the bathroom as I texted his description to Mr. Ashley, who assured me it was definitely one of the landscapers who I've seen many times. He looked sneaky, though, even if vaguely familiar.

He didn't break in, but it would have made for a great episode of Forensic Files; a crime solved by the victim, a quick-thinking writer working from home. Maybe my husband would have even rushed to my aid or maybe he would have snuck home, killed me and used the evidence to frame the landscaper because that would make an amazing made for t.v. movie.

See how this has become a problem?

My Netflix suggestions read like the police beat. Things Ashley might like: serial killers, missing people, wives who kill their husbands, and lost children. 

I don't like those things, but I obviously kind of do. Ugh. It's complicated. This is not a good hobby.

My Netflix favorites for the month include: 
Fatal Honeymoon where a husband was accused of killing his wife while Scuba diving in Australia.
The Galapagos Affair about the mysterious disappearance of some people who settled the Galapagos.
Jody Arias Dirty Little Secret Look, I'm just saying some of the LMN movies are pretty good.
To and From New York This had the production value and plot of porn, without the sex (not good). 
The First 48 Collection I like to fall asleep to this series of detectives solving crimes.
Crimes of the Century Footage and interviews from people involved in infamous cases.
The Killer Speaks Convicted murderers discuss their crimes. It's fascinating in a terrible way.
Dance Moms Okay, not technically a crime show but it should be.

I also like all of the Frontline specials.

I'm trying to quit by taking breaks to watch Arrested Development for the fifth time, but I always go back. I don't think it's healthy or good for me, and that's probably why I like it so much.

But, seriously, watch Fatal Honeymoon. I think he did it.

6 comments:

Mitch said...

Have you tried the Serial podcasts? Sarah Koenig from This American Life investigated a case from Baltimore in 1999 that raises all kinds of questions viewed from today's standards. I became obsessed but not crazy Reddit obsessive.

Mitch said...

Have you tried the Serial podcasts? Sarah Koenig from This American Life investigated a case from Baltimore in 1999 that raises all kinds of questions viewed from today's standards. I became obsessed but not crazy Reddit obsessive.

Trilby C. said...

Yep - I'll second Mitch. You can have a portable version of true crime dramas with podcasts! I loved Serial. It was a great story, but as it's true, it still hasn't ended (though the podcasts are over). I'm now listening to Criminal. They're fun little stories (each episode is only 10-20 minutes long) that get me through post-dinner cleanup of the kitchen or a boring wait in the elementary school pick-up line.

Tricia said...

I watch people being murdered almost exclusively on tv I've realized recently. NCIS, Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, First 48, Killer Couples (yes it is real)... if somebody is being killed- I'm in.

And the Serial podcast was fantastic. I could listen to Sarah for days.

LiLi said...

You must watch SNAPPED!!!! It's on the same channel (in my state) as Killer Couples ..... I'm addicted as well and then sometimes I have horrible dreams but it hasn't stopped me from watching. My hubby thinks I'm crazy. I also am addicted to Intervention ..... sad but true!!!!

Ashley McCann said...

I LOVED Serial. Still don't know what to think, though. I'll have to check out Criminal.

I used to watch Snapped but I don't know if it's on Netflix. I do love me some Hoarders and Intervention though. I guess I enjoy people's misery?