I don't often read true crime (I'm barely reading my second one now), but I find I'm morbidly fascinated by them, mostly serial killers. I read The Devil in the White City (H. H. Holmes) several years ago, and I was hooked on his story. I was aghast that something like that could go on for as long as it did. Now I'm reading The Demon Next Door (Danny Corwin). And this time, people defend him. "No way that innocent boy can do a vicious thing like that" or "If that happened, she must have asked for it. Everyone knew she was loose." His church came to the prosecutor's office and demanded he be released. People were ignoring the facts, statements, and evidence because they thought they knew him. One thing about this that always fascinates me is how long people try to ignore something like this. They don't want to admit someone they know is capable of great evil. We as people try to defend them or justify their actions, trying to spin it around so it's not as bad as they're saying. And that lets them get away with their malicious deeds. The movie, Room, also intrigued me for this very reason. And similar events have occurred in real life! Victims are held for years and because of people's desire to mind their own business and not stir up trouble, they might have missed hundreds of clues that could have caused the killers and rapists to be caught much sooner. That's something I've found in common with the limited amount of stories I've been exposed to: the general population and family completely missing the fact that a violent criminal walks among them.