Originally Posted by HarryT
I have to admit that I do find books about modern true crime distasteful. They seem to me to be an attempt to profit from the suffering of others.
The majority of modern true crime books give the victim's family/friends a chance to tell their side of the story. Authors such as Ann Rule and Kathryn Casey spend much time with relatives to get the back story, which goes a long way to explain the "why" of a crime. It's not really a matter of profiting from other's suffering, but more an attempt to have the reader understand what happened and perhaps prevent similar crimes.