The question of why we love true crime podcasts has been asked over and over again. Serial might've turned it into a mainstream phenomenon back in 2014, but the trend thrives to this day with dozens of the most popular true crime podcasts racking in hundreds of thousands of downloads.
But the truth is, our true crime obsession isn't anything new or even all that strange. The general public has harbored a bloodthirsty fascination for real-life violence for centuries. "If it bleeds, it leads," has long been a truism not just for the media, but also for true crime podcasts.
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