Arts & Entertainment

Why Are We Obsessed With True Crime?

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 30, 2023 • 3 min read

John Douglas, the FBI’s first-ever criminal profiler, has sat across the table from some of the world’s most notorious serial killers. Unsurprisingly, his career has inspired many movies and TV series—among them Silence of the Lambs, Mindhunter, Millennium, and Criminal Minds. And with the explosion of true-crime programming, his work has attained a new level of pop culture relevance.