True crime is a rollercoaster ride
Audiences “receive a jolt of adrenaline as a reward for witnessing the terrible deeds of a serial killer,” Bonn says. He likens the adrenaline rush of crime shows to a child riding a rollercoaster until they’re sick. In his opinion, crime shows are the adult version of riding a rollercoaster; they feed our love of adrenaline. “Adrenaline is a hormone that produces a powerful, stimulating and even addictive effect on the human brain,” says Bonn.