Obsessed With True Crime Stories? Here’s Why Science Says That’s Totally Normal

True crime is a rollercoaster ride

Steven Avery mugshot in Netflix's Making a Murderer

Steven Avery in Making a Murderer | Netflix

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.

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