Americans have long had a fascination with crime, particularly with murder. While modern journalism and the 24-hour news cycle provide ample opportunity for Americans to dissect every covered murder, even in previous decades there has been a fascination with murders—particularly those that remain unsolved.

Television shows like Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted, The First 48, and Criminal Minds help make murder a topic of consideration and discussion for many as citizens become able to watch mystery stories acted out. Add in media coverage of murders, missing people, and other crimes, and ...

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