Somewhere in a very near future, society and the media must learn to support the victim and take responsibility of how they are writing headlines and how they formulates themselves in their texts.
Whether or not a case is unclear, headlines like this: ”Girl is suspected of being raped” should not be published. I mean – what do they mean? Claiming that a girl has been suspected of being raped only gives the glow of a secondary victimization and reversed questioning, which can aggravate the feeling of the victim. If the media instead puts formulated headlines as; ”Man is suspected for raping a girl”, then it does not sound as questionable as if the girl has actually been raped. A victim should and are supposed to be treated with compassion and respect from the outside world after being subjected to crime, such as rape or other violent crimes. Being exposure to stress during its processing process may cause feelings such as vulnerability and violation, all over again. Which can lead to the way where the victim is exposed to what is called secondary victimization.
The crime may not be established yet, but the question is why the media chooses to write headlines as some of them does. Where the victim has been ”suspected of being a subjected to crime” and not a headline where the a person is suspected of commiting a crime. Especially when there actually is a suspected person. This is how it is clear how the media affects and how things are angled in the media. Whether it is intended or not, it affects the ignorance of the subject in the rest of society and how we look at things. The focus and formulation in the media should be on the perpetrator, not victim.
If someone gets beaten or raped, does the media serious really think that more humans are more likely to willingly report the happening to the police when media itself puts up with headlines like that, giving the feeling of what you experienced isn’t for real? That you’re the one who’s actually are suspected for something, and that you’re the one who’s close to the crime in the headline instead of the one who actually raped you or has beaten you? I mean, how often do you read a heading formulated as ”Person suspected of getting his bike stolen” or ”Person suspected of getting his home robbed”?
It’s Friday 28/6-2019 and Criminology 1 is now completed. After waiting three weeks, I finally just got my grade from the last part ”Criminal politics” and I even managed to get an higher grade than I got in the two other exams I wrote in the spring. So I’m proud of myself. Especially proud that I actually managed to go through all three sub-courses without failing, since this was my first education ever at the university! I really hope to find the places for Criminology 2 this fall. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Okay, this book is now my official Bible. I’ve read half of the book and I completely love it. John E. Douglas is the perfect role model. All these known serial killer he has met. Wow. Can’t wait to finish the book and to read the other book ”Sexual Homicides” from 1988. This might seem funny or something, but i’m actually highlighting a lot in the book, because it kind of feels educational and i feel like I actually learn stuff for real.
I would like to meet John E. Douglas as much as a wish I could meet a serial killer. He’s so inspiring. I understand that many of you might don’t know who he is. But he’s an criminal profiler who worked with the FBI. John, together with Mark Olshaker, wrote the book ”Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” from 1995, and the character Holden Ford in Netflix series ”Mindhunter” from 2017 is based on John and the whole series is inspired by the book. I loved the series and i’m so looking forward to season 2. Been waiting for this in nearly two years. And i’m also going to read the book, ofc. And I will also read the book, of courseI would like to meet John E. Douglas as much as a wish I could meet a serial killer. He’s so inspiring. I understand that many of you might don’t know who he is. But he’s an criminal profiler who worked with the FBI. John, together with Mark Olshaker, wrote the book ”Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” from 1995, and the character Holden Ford in Netflix series ”Mindhunter” from 2017 is based on John and the whole series is inspired by the book. I loved the series and i’m so looking forward to season 2. Been waiting for this in nearly two years.
I guess many of you at least has watched ”Silence of the lambs” directed by Jonathan Demme, or have read the book with the same name written by author Thomas Harris.. but did you know that the character Buffalo Bill in ”Silence of the lambs” actually are based on real killers and their crimes?
The fictional character Buffalo Bill, who’s created by the author Thomas Harris, was inspired by actions from three real serial killers. He’s a combination of; Gary Heidnik (1943 – 1999) who kidnapped and tortured women in his home, keeping them captive. He also had a dug pit in the basement of his home, which he could fill up with water so he could torture his prisoners by shocking them with an electric wire. He also said they ”were a happy family” since he gave them food, gifts and a radio for entertainment, etc.. Ed Gein (1906 – 1984) who killed and skinned his victims so he could use their skin. Like Buffalo Bill does when he’s creating a woman’s suit made by skin from real women. I’ll write more about him in another post, since Buffalo Bill isn’t the only character inspired by him. Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989) pretended to be injured so he could ask women for help so he could lure them to his car, where the kind women soon would turn into victims.
Personally I LOVE this kind of trivia! Since i actually love Silence of the lambs, it’s funny to see what actually inspired the creating of the characters. I found out some of these information since i’m currently reading John E. Douglas book ”The killer across the table”, where he mentioned a little about serial killers and predators who also turned out to be inspiration to some well known characters in books, movies and series. If any of you who reads this would like me to do more of these post in the future, then plz tell me in a comment! 🙂
I recently watched the biographical crime drama ”El Ángel” written and directed by Luis Ortega. It’s based on a true crime story about the Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch, also known as ”The angel of Death”. Puch is convicted for 11 murders, 17 robberies, 1 rape and 2 kidnappings. But the most interesting thing is that he went through with all these crimes before he even had turned 20 years old. Puch was arrested in 1972, only a few days after he had turned 20. Very interesting story, taking place in the early 70’s, since he was active between 1971-72.
Great movie by the way. Really great! Lorenzo Ferro is amazing in his role as Puch. I highly recommend it.
For some reasons I’ve never really liked or been interested in documentary series. But now I’ve actually decided to start watching ”Making a murderer”! Why I didn’t like documentary series are probably because I’ve never liked when things are just repeating itself. In other words = i don’t like when they’re talking about one thing or one happening in like 10 episodes, haha. But I’ve realized that today’s documentaries are a bit more well-made, hehe. So now i’ve started to re-consider my thoughts and I’ll give it a chance.
I think the biggest change of my thoughts about documentaries was when I saw Netflix series about Ted Bundy this year, which I loved. And i’ve heard so much about ”Making a murderer”, so i thought it was time to watch it now. If any of you who might read this later have seen the series, then feel free to comment your thoughts about it. And tell me, is it worth to watch?
Who am I? I’m Nathalie, a 26 year old girl from Stockholm, Sweden. I’m a movie-nerd and I study criminology at Stockholms university. How did I get here? I’ve always been interested in psychology. And my main plan was recently to become a Psychologist, but since It was hard to get in and I was ready to study and move on from just working I started to look at other opportunities, like my plan B. Criminology. But wow, I’ve found my place. I realized that I never was meant to help or take care of people who might be the victims, I was supposed hunt the one who hurt them – and find the way into the criminal minds. I realized it pretty fast as soon as I got started in the university. I understood that I didn’t gonna get to talk serial killers all day, but still. This was it. This was me. And when I realized it, it felt like everything fell into place. As cheesy as it might sounds, it’s the truth. I’ve actually been interested in crimes for a really long time, but most because of serial killers and through movies and series.
Two of my favorite series is Hannibal & Mindhunter, (I’ll talk more about that in another post someday). However, I planned to be like Hannibal Lector – and by that I mean a Psychologist, not a cannibal. Haha! But then it realized that I always was supposed to be Will Graham. OFC! I want to be the one looking for Hannibal. The one who’s close to Hannibal.
So here am I. With a blog, that will contain stuff about criminology and crimes. Since i’m most interested in serial killers and sexual homicides, i’ll probably will write about that as well. I’ll continue to write in english, FYI.