A Different Sort Of “Hobby”

And I don’t mean reading. Yes, this is the book I’m reading but the hobby I’m talking about isn’t reading.

I’ve always had an interest in crime. If I was a different person I probably would have grown up to be a cop or a prosecutor. I have a very strong sense of right and wrong and I always champion the hero, the good guy who protects the rest of us.

I can’t really pinpoint the first time I knew the horrible things that one person can do to another. My family included not just a cop who told stories around the dinner table at holidays but also two great uncles (one on each side) who were murdered. It leaves a shadow in your life when a murder goes unsolved and it’s really hard to get out of that shadow when there are two unsolved murders in your family.

I often spend my knitting time listening to a true crime podcast and if I’m reading a book instead of knitting it’s most likely true crime. My preference used to be solved crimes. I liked knowing that the bad person was punished. Knowing that some people got a resolution. Now I spend most my time immersed in unsolved crime. I think about the victim, their family and the tiny details of the crime. I hope for resolution.

Do you have a different sort of “hobby” too?

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13 Responses to A Different Sort Of “Hobby”

  1. salpal1 says:

    Wow! I don’t think I could handle unsolved crimes, either in a book or in real life. In books I need to know that the bad guy got caught. My first terrified-all-the-way-through-when-will-they-catch-him book was Helter Skelter, about Manson, read in one night many years ago. I don’t do horror movies, or many suspense movies, but I do enjoy fictional mysteries. As for two great uncles, that is quite unusual! It truly must have been a cloud over things!
    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer like Perry Mason, until my grandfather pointed out that not every client is innocent. 🤷‍♀️

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    • I don’t like horror movies also. I do like a well done crime drama. They can be more unnerving than the horror movies.
      The two great uncles are just the tip of unusual in my family tree. I take pride in the fact that anyone on either side of my family was a functioning adult. If they could handle the things they were dealt I should be able to muddle through my much less troubled life.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    That is a u inquest sort of hobby, but you come by it quite honestly, and your sense of right and wrong has no doubt made the world around a much better place. Your family tree was resilient and full of hope or you wouldn’t be living the calmer life you have. They knew how to dig deep and push on and you are the result, (and well worth their efforts, too!)

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  3. shellssells says:

    Yeah, turns out my different sort of hobby is the same as yours. I really love the true crime genre, specifically podcasts. I consume so much of it at this point. I can’t stand any fictional horror movies or scary movies. But somehow the stuff that is real feels like it NEEDS to be heard.

    I tend to get very involved and passionate about whatever hobby I take up though, so biking, motorcycling, makeup, spinning yarn, all of these things I’ll do with an equal amount of passion and just split my focus.

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  4. I like biographies, crime and intrigue, true or fiction. As long as the gory details are kept to a minimum, I’m ok. No horror stories/movies for me. My great aunt Lulu “ran off with a railroad man” in 1918-20 to Pittsburgh and was assumed to have died during the influenza pandemic around that same time, never to be heard from since.

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  5. two of my uncles were murdered, another was called a suicide but it was a great controversy as to whether or not he actually killed himself – my mother never believed it – and it definitely leaves a shadow over later generations. I, too, love a good crime tale – especially when it’s true, and it’s been solved.

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  6. chrisknits says:

    I love watching true crime, but I don’t think I make it a hobby. I don’t think I have weird hobbies.

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  7. AJ says:

    Wow! I can’t imagine having that in my family history!

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  8. Having a policeman in the family is certainly a real influence toward an interest in crime, much less having two unsolved murders in the family history! Is there any idea about the culprits but nothing that could be proved, or are they complete mysteries?
    I am interested in true crime stories too, and definitely agree that they are often much, much creepier than horror movies or stories. Anchorage seems to have more than our proportional share of serial killers, including one that was caught a couple of years ago, and one that was just caught very recently. There are plenty of books out about them, which are interesting if horrifying. I have read one or two, but find they seriously creep me out. I have to space them out with lots of cozy mysteries and sci fi!

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    • My father’s uncle (he was in his 40’s) was living in San Francisco at the time of his murder. He was unemployed due to severe rheumatoid arthritis and most likely homeless at the time. He was beaten to death. It was most likely another person living on the streets. My mother’s uncle (he was in his early 20’s) was a merchant marine. He’d had an argument with one of the other guys on the ship while they were at sea. When everyone woke up in the morning Georgie was gone and never turned up. It is assumed that he was thrown overboard and drowned.
      Anchorage is where Israel Keyes lived isn’t it? There have been a few podcasts about his crimes including a series that I’ve been listening to. He is one of the scariest to me because of the planning and stalking aspects of his behavior. Alaska in general has so many missing people. Between the environment and the independent attitude of the people I can understand why it would be easier to just disappear than other places.

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      • Your uncle’s stories are so sad! I can definitely see where having those experiences in your family would incline you to an interest in unsolved murders. You have seen the effect it has on families first hand.
        Yes, Keyes was from here, and he committed his last murder here. A book just came out about him, and I’m contemplating reading it, but don’t know. He hunted a lot of the spots around town that I know. It’s very freaky. A guy also just got arrested for murdering a woman, and he just got charged with a second murder and the FBI is actively investigating him in relation to things that happened in other states. Also, way before my time, but Robert Hansen (On Frozen Ground) operated here as well.

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  9. Wow I can’t imagine the frustration of not knowing for sure what happened and no-one being punished for your two Uncles deaths. I like crime fiction and dramas but true crime seems to weigh too heavy on my mind so I stick to fiction. I don’t think I have a similar hobby really….except all the crafting obviously.

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