The Karma Killings: Indian True Crime’s Watershed Moment

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The Karma Killings: Indian True Crime’s Watershed Moment

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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girl I know once said, “I can’t go out past 10 PM because that’s when the family watches Crime Patrol.”

I felt a twinge of sympathy, not because she couldn’t go out, but because she had to watch Crime Patrol during family TV time. Their favourite series is part of the ever-growing tribe of “true crime shows” that have captured the lurid appetites of Indian television audiences across the country. From urban housewives catching an afternoon rerun to the great Indian joint family sitting down for quality time over blood and bones, sordid tales of kidnapping and murder, and other gruesome horrors seem to titillate the country’s imagination like nothing else.

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