True crime author Morley Swingle (Scoundrels to the Hoosegow and others) has no time to write these days; he's prosecuting a serial killer of five women captured twenty-five years after the fact with DNA evidence. SOLVED is the simple headline over a deeply researched piece in the Southeast Missourian about the murderous career and capture of Timothy Krajcir and the victims of his crimes.
Ten, fifteen years ago, that might have been a national headline. What ever happened to the serial killer headlines? Does it seem to you as though their stock is slipping a bit these days?
Some blame The Silence of the Lambs for making serial killers "cool."
Others say The Silence of the Lambs is the reason they're no longer "cool." Fiction writers Martin Edwards and Minette Walters weighed in with such takes in The Decline of the Serial Killer?
Even though profilers have actually had quite a bit of trouble getting their testimony admitted into the courts, some posit that serial killers are not the boogeymen they once were because they've been conquered in the movies by profilers.
Now it's spree killers we're afraid of - seemingly unstoppable, random, the new ultimate evil- just as, a century ago, poisoners were considered the apex predator, if you will. I think serial killers have always fascinated and scared us, particularly young people, even from behind bars, and I doubt it will end. But I for one am just tired of hearing about them.... which, I hate to admit, may well be a function of age.