The hubbub around the recent documentary on Jeffrey Dahmer reminded us of a very peculiar phenomenon: serial killers becoming (in)famous. Why are so many people interested in the lives of individuals who committed severe crimes? Why are we interested in the details of horrible crimes that perhaps only apparently, leave most of us appalled and shocked? Is it okay to be interested in the lives of serial killers?
Today we'll attempt to answer these questions. We'll try to understand why people are so intrigued to learn more about individuals such as Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and, most recently, Jeffrey Dahmer. Moreover, we'll look at the potentially unconscious bases of this apparently strange allure so characteristic of serial killers, alongside a few more ways to understand our interest. Finally, we'll also discuss why it usually isn't that big of a deal if you're interested in the lives of serial