The American public has always been fascinated by true crime stories.
Gruesome murders and violent crimes have managed to gain prominent representation in the media. Whether this is a problematic issue or not, is a discussion for another day. Here at DiedInHouse™, we’ve covered different stories of graphic crimes, from the horrific case of serial killer Ted Bundy to the chilling stories of the infamous serial killers of Ohio. Now comes the senseless case of Jodi Arias.
Only a few other serial killers come close to Ted Bundy in notoriety.
His infamy as the poster boy of American serial killers has led to the production of several movies documenting the twisted life of the man who would, later on, be described by his own defense attorney as ‘the very definition of heartless evil’ in her own book, Defending the Devil.
But Ted did not look any bit of evil.
He was described by some of his victims as a handsome, charming, and charismatic young man. He was the kind of person that can win your trust in a matter of minutes. But under this cover of the average person lies the concealed identities of a burglar, a kidnapper, a rapist, a necrophile, and a serial killer who is probably “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet”.
Ohio is the apotheosis of Americanism. The middle west begins with Indiana, the east with Pennsylvania, the south with Kentucky, and, surrounded by these sits Ohio, one of the richest spots on earth. Its contribution to music, art, literature and the theatre is far greater than any two states in the nation – Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize winner
The words of Bromfield stands true to its core, however, the state of Ohio has an uncanny history. Ohio seems to invite serial killers; either many are born there or have perpetrated their crimes in the state.
The thought of entering the premises of an abandoned house during childhood would have given goosebumps to everyone. Haunted or not, one would spot a nearly-invisible silhouette or hear dogs howling in the dead of the night, near the house. Tales of the supernatural or a gruesome murder would slowly embrace the house, making it more and more enigmatic.
Haunted houses or murder houses have always held a special place in fiction. From literary stories like Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ to movies such as James Wan’s ‘Insidious’ and ‘The Conjuring’ series, the house holds an important place in all of them.