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Fri Sep 24, 2021, 05:40 AM

The Gabby Petito case fascination? Murder is entertainment.

I came across this SNL sketch from a year or so ago. Given the pandemic and the rise in streaming, I laughed my head off because of how true it is.



People are really into real life murder shows and mysteries. From the Carol Baskin question in Tiger King to the entire Making a Murderer phenomenon. Shows about true crime have always had their niche, but they seem to have exploded during the age of streaming and people being stuck at home. On my personal social media, I don't see too much about politics. However, I damn well know what murder shows my friends are all watching.

It's engaging and entertaining for a lot people, and they watch them at a remove.

I'm not following the Petito case super closely. But what I see of it on social media, how every clue and excruciating detail is shared and discussed. A lot of it isn't about solving the case - not really. So much information comes out that is less "Hey, help us find this guy, figure out what happened, etc," as it is, "Hey, come rubberneck at this human car crash this week. Don't worry, next week we'll have a new one!"

The media does this with a lot of things, of course, but the Petito case just really struck me with how many people are kind of . . . preoccupying themselves with it. It feels almost like unseemly entertainment at this point.

One of the predominant questions about this case in the past week is, "Why is this getting so much attention?" And a lot of things have been discussed. But I haven't seen one obvious answer noted in the articles I've seen in passing:

This whole thing looks like a Netflix show.

No judgement. I disappear down these rabbit holes, too. For example, I know way more about Andrew Cunanan than anyone ever needs to.

Just seems like kind of where we are as a culture these days.

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Reply The Gabby Petito case fascination? Murder is entertainment. (Original post)
Sympthsical Sep 24 OP
Celerity Sep 24 #1
underpants Sep 24 #2
Celerity Sep 24 #5
underpants Sep 24 #7
Shanti Shanti Shanti Sep 24 #10
Celerity Sep 24 #13
Shanti Shanti Shanti Sep 24 #18
Celerity Sep 24 #14
Shanti Shanti Shanti Sep 24 #17
Sympthsical Sep 24 #4
jimfields33 Sep 24 #11
underpants Sep 24 #3
Sympthsical Sep 24 #6
honest.abe Sep 24 #8
Maeve Sep 24 #9
Iggo Sep 24 #12
treestar Sep 24 #15
Tommy Carcetti Sep 24 #16

Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 05:46 AM

1. It's tragic she was killed, and I feel for her family, but I really don't give a toss about the case

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Response to Celerity (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 06:07 AM

2. I agree completely

I had no idea who she was until a few days ago on DU. Tragic though.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 06:14 AM

5. Another irritating AF thing is the false meme that they were YouTube stars

11 days ago they had 326 subs.




12 days ago their video had 1080 views

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Response to Celerity (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 07:18 AM

7. Yeah that's what I'd heard

ďOh she was just starting outĒ I was told.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 07:57 AM

10. Youtube, lol. Her #Vanlife Instagram, Tiktok accounts had a million followers, 1000s of pics

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Itsa thing with the younger nomad crowd

Overall there have been over 2 billion Tiktok views under the hashtag Vanlife

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Response to Shanti Shanti Shanti (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 09:53 AM

13. no they did not, almost all the subs are post disappearance/media frenzy

Her #Vanlife Instagram, Tiktok accounts had a million followers, 1000s of pics


Not before the fame, they certainly did not.

BTW, #Vanlife is simply a hashtag, not account specific

here is her Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/gabspetito/



it NOW has over a million subs, BUT

On September 14th she only had 13,511

https://socialblade.com/instagram/user/%20gabspetito





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Response to Celerity (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 10:06 AM

18. Yeah, she's famous in death now

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Response to Shanti Shanti Shanti (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 09:54 AM

14. vanlife is a hashtag, it references thousands of accounts

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Response to Celerity (Reply #14)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 10:05 AM

17. I know, Google 'Tumblr, Tiktok, sex for weed', there are many blog girls under #Vanlife, its a thing

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Response to Celerity (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 06:10 AM

4. It's fine to get it out there to find the fiance'

But the number of side bar stories all over the place (that I will never read).

Aspiring streaming documentarians are taking heavy notes.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 08:37 AM

11. I don't care about day to day

But Iíll watch the movie next year. Sadly Iím not kidding.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 06:08 AM

3. Early 90's Bill Curtis (Wait Wait don't tell me announcer) had an American Justice series

Mostly about serial killers. All the rage back then. I remember me and my buddies sitting around and watching it. It is enthralling.

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 06:15 AM

6. Unsolved Mysteries in my childhood

And that little bent guitar note that seemed to be so pervasive in those shows at the time.

I remember Bill Kurtis. I think he was the channel 2 news guy in Chicago. Just checked, and he is still kickin it.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 07:27 AM

8. The interest in the case started long before she was found dead.

The fascinating part was how bizarre the boyfriend acted upon returning home. Plus the fact there was so much information and video and photos of both of them and of course she was young and attractive. I think it was a very strange missing person mystery that captured peopleís attention. In fact if she was found alive the mystery would gotten even more mysterious.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 07:34 AM

9. Murder has always been entertainment

And the more shocking, the more fascinating. Look back to the Ripper murders, the Police Gazette, H.H. Holmes....shoot, look at Cain and Abel!

Vicarious excitement will always be interesting. It's human nature.

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Response to Maeve (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 09:22 AM

12. Everything we do is human nature. And a lot of it is disgusting.

Including murder porn.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 09:56 AM

15. True enough. People like a mystery, too.

And someone at large is a draw.

Also there can be the hope they will be found alive.

One of those things that fascinates people.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 09:59 AM

16. June 1994-October 1995 pretty much confirms that.

There was one story that dominated the news during that time period, and one story alone.

Seems almost frivolous in retrospect for the country to have been caught up in a story about the death of two people, but that's how it was.

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