Let’s re-create that re-creation of that murder one more time!

Yes, I realize removing true crime and reality based shows leaves you with about 4 hours of programming a day...

A suggestion for the good folk at Channel 9, especially those working on the gritty Tuesday night crime show ‘Australian Families of Crime’;

Please… for the love of God…


Cobby, a 26-year-old R.N and former beauty queen, was abducted, raped and murdered in Sydney in 1986 by five men: John Travers, Michael Murdoch and the Murphy brothers. It’s a horrible, horrible story… which has since been faithfully re-created on every single Australian true crime program over the past 14 years (or so it seems). Hell, there was even a play (and later a 1998 movie) that was apparently loosely based on these events, Rowan Woods’ feature directorial debut ‘The Boys’.

Which means all of what exactly?

Maybe I’m just getting old and sensitive, but I don’t need to watch this crime re-enacted one more time, paired with moody visuals and the somber voiceover of whichever ‘Underbelly’ cast member was available for a day in sound post. Same goes for the Ivan Milat murders, the notorious Snowtown ‘Bodies in the Barrels’ case, the Beaumont children, or the Moorhouse murders.

The more time passes, the more I find the voyeuristic element of true crime TV really disturbing. I occasionally wonder how much of that audience just really digs the idea of stabby-rapey, and how many of them are actually trying to find some way to deal with the conscious (or unconscious) overwhelming fear/suspicion that one day they might die too!

And I guess if Vince Colosimo can't convince you of this universal truth, then I don't know what will.

As a viewer all I can do is switch the channel… presumably to a show that contains simulated violence in a fictional setting. Because that’s much healthier.

Sigh… we’re all as damaged as one another, aren’t we?

Christ, is it any wonder I’m seeking solace in Pixar films and old Simpsons DVD’s at the moment…



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