Why Are Folks Shocked When Crime Happens in Small Towns?

Did y’all not read In Cold Blood? Don’t you have the ID channel? Or is it racism that makes you think it “doesn’t happen here?”

The Clutter home (scene of an infamous multiple murder in 1959), Holcomb, KS. Image: Lorie Shaull, Flickr, Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

I have a confession.

I watch a lot of True Crime and have always been fascinated with the psychology of criminal offending…



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Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)