Q: From true-crime shows to podcasts, it seems that people these days are obsessed with murder cases. Why do you think that is?
A: I don’t know that I know the answer. I know I’ve always been obsessed with justice. I think that people certainly are a bit obsessed with being armchair detectives. They’re obsessed with seeing the worst of humanity and sort of seeing the boogeyman and what’s behind the corners. And I think in some ways, it may make people feel better sometimes.
Q: Can you talk about what the tone of the show be like?
A: I’m definitely going through the investigation. When we called it “Truth About Murder,” what I have found when I even speak to just friends, they see these cases in the news and that’s all that they see. And they often ask, “My goodness! I can’t believe that this hasn’t been solved yet. I can’t believe that they didn’t bring the case yet. This is crazy!” So what I wanted to show was how it is really difficult to solve these cases, how you have to investigate these cases.
I go back to the crime scene with the first responders, who are really affected by it as well. I go and I speak to the prosecutors that have prosecuted these cases, and then I also speak, of course, to the victims’ families, their friends, people in the community that have been affected by it, because that’s the one thing that I think so many people miss. When there is a crime like murder, of course the person who suffers the most is the victim, but the first responders keep this with them forever. The prosecutors do. The families of the victims, the friends, the communities are terrorized, and so we explore it from crime to conviction. And it’s really an experience, I think.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.