1. You’re constantly encountering people who think you’re in it for the blood and gore.
“No, auntie/Mrs. Jones/server at my favorite local restaurant, I am not in this for the crime scene photos or gruesome details.”
2. That being said, there’s nothing cooler than meeting someone else who gets it.
It’s always so rewarding when, after tentatively testing the waters with dreaded small talk, you find a kindred spirit willing to exchange notes on all things true crime.
Now that’s friendship.
3. True crime podcasts are like your bedtime stories. Turn one on, and you’re out like a light.
Insomnia? Never met her. Night terrors? Not a problem here.
Nothing soothes you more than a good old fashioned breakdown of a case you already know about or new details from a developing story.
4. And, speaking of true crime podcasts, you’ve probably already figured out if you’re a Karen or a Georgia.
You’re a murderino, and proud of it. And if you aren’t?
Well, it’s a good thing that you’re up to date with all the amazing podcasts out there and have your favorites locked, loaded and on instant download.
5. You also listened to Serial before it was cool.
(You were also totally disappointed when the second season turned out to not be a deeper look into Adnan Syed’s case or even focused on a murder at all. Ah well.)
6. There are never enough documentaries on Netflix for your taste.
You’ve seen Evil Genius, finished Conversations with a Killer and binged on Amanda Knox. Netflix, what’s good? Keep it coming!
7. 911 recordings are harrowing but they also have you putting your Sherlock Holmes hat on.
They can be heartbreaking and emotional, but they can also contain valuable clues. Why does that neighbor sound so detached? Who was that second voice in the background? You never know what you could stumble on!
8. Nothing frustrates you more than an unsolved case.
It’s been twenty years. How could justice not be served for so long? Are there really no leads left to follow?
It’s particularly hard sometimes to know that there are families out there who haven’t had any answers. And – this is the real creepy part – there may be killers still walking among us who have never been caught.
9. Or shoddy police work.
Every time you hear the words, “The crime scene was compromised,” you can’t help but headdesk. Was it really that hard to keep all the neighbors and reporters and a random guy walking his dog off the property until the caution tape went up?
10. That being said, you’re pretty sure that, given the opportunity, you could totally bust open a cold case one day.
All those hours of reading court depositions, Forensic Files and Unsolved Mysteries can’t fail you now! You’re made for this. Somewhere along the line, there was a missed connection or loose thread, and you’re going to be the person who brings it to the light.
11. You’ve become “that person” who is particular about the details of any given case.
Actually, guys, it was Mrs. Peacock in the library with a candlestick.
If you’re going to talk about it, get it right! (But in all seriousness, nothing is a bigger pet peeve for you than when people start blurting out details in a case that never happened. Amateurs.)
12. Mainly because, if you’re honest, as soon as you read about a new case, you’re on Google putting faces to names and digging for more information.
It helps things feel more real. And who knows how that little detail about the murder weapon might come in handy in the future? It might be the winning answer for Jeopardy! one night.
13. You regret your late nights reading creepy Wikipedia articles, but you won’t quit them for anything.
It was probably a mistake to read about the Setagaya family murder after midnight, but when has that stopped you before? Every linked article is a new well of information that fuels both your curiosity and your nightmares.
14. You have your own theories for particular high-profile cases. “The Staircase,” anyone?
Just, please, don’t let it be the owl theory. (Who even believes in the owl theory?)
15. And, speaking of those cases, you can also tell which new thriller was based off a famous murder.
Whether it is Emma Cline’s spin off the Manson family or the classic In Cold Blood, you can tell as soon as you read the first page. And, knowing you, you’ll be fact-checking against the original details the whole time to see exactly where that artistic license starts to kick in.
16. Yes, you’ve read “The Stranger Beside Me.” As a matter of fact, you may have read it twice.
Ann Rule was the queen of true crime and you definitely don’t forget it. (She also totally fulfilled your dreams of being close to a case and shedding new light on nearly every aspect of it. Can you say legend?)
17. Ted Bundy is not the serial killer that fascinates (or frightens) you the most.
Spoiler alert: Ted Bundy is not handsome, or charming. He’s a total narcissist and a monster of a man. Next.
18. You’ve considered going to school – or going back to school – for criminology or forensic science, or even law enforcement.
Forensic Files fascinates you. You have dreams of working on “Death’s Acre” one day. How could you not at least think about it at some point? Hey, it could work out.
19. Your views on the death penalty are like a Facebook relationship status: “it’s complicated.”
You’re constantly torn between the victims and the thought of potentially innocent men. It’s never as simple as it used to seem, but you can’t help trying to choose one side over the other.
20. You constantly wonder if you’ve had a creepy encounter without ever realizing it.
Apparently, out of the 717,215 people, the average American will likely meet over their life, approximately 10 will be a killer. That’s good to know. Right?
21. That being said, you’re also more aware of your surroundings than you used to be.
Who isn’t going to wear a pair of headphones in the middle of the night while crossing a deserted street? You, that’s who!
22. You’ve learned to trust your gut instinct.
From your friend’s sketchy new date to that car idling on a street corner, you tend to listen to yourself when you feel that something around you isn’t quite right. And then, you nope! out. Smart thinking!
23. Most importantly, thanks to true crime, you feel like you’re prepared to protect yourself and others.
After all, that’s what got you into true crime, to begin with. You’re all about knowing how to look out for yourself and the people you love. The more you know about how terrible things can be, the better prepared you are to make sure it never happens to you or anyone else.