I’m fascinated with sex related crimes. I know that sounds weird. It’s not a creepy fascination, but one of intrigue motivated by disgust. Bear with me. I think what’s most riveting and curious about topics of such a nature is how they affect people. A massive amount of the time victims take their experiences and lash out in distorted and extreme behavior. In complicated and numerous ways…. It can be a vicious and repetitive cycle. Interesting to say the least.
My last night ended with an old episode of Law & Order Special Victims Unit, an American cop drama series set in New York City. Where the original style of the episodes were often “ripped from the headlines” or loosely based on real crimes. The plot centered on a teenage serial rapist whom it’s revealed by episode end to have originally been a molestation victim at a young age, by an older female babysitter. There was true to life case in Philadelphia years ago on such an incident: Police Suspect 14-year old Serial Rapist. With so many of the show’s plot points in similarity to this crime, I can’t help wonder if the suspected motivation of the teen boy by similar as well.
My morning began with the watching of a year’s old movie entitled Lonely Hearts; a dramatic retelling of the murderous 1940’s New York couple Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck. A ladies man with his love-sick girlfriend killed lonely, sex-starved women in abnormal sexual ways, and stole their money. I’m immediately captivated by their supposed ability to commit such activities, especially on the woman’s end, to be an assistant of such behavior. One of the first things revealed in her background is a case of family related sexual assault when she was a young girl.
Everything that’s interesting, certainly isn’t good…but in my fascination I ascribe to the notion that the more you know about something, the more you’ll care about finding and supporting viable corrective solutions and preventive methods. (help) People are more than their behaviors, but behaviors do effect people.