All facets of crime have captured the fascination of the public throughout history. As a result, law enforcement has made various attempts to implore the public to get involved with crime fighting or solving initiatives. One such attempt may include wanted postings, many of which offered a reward for those who were able to provide helpful information. Additionally, many communities have initiatives to get members involved in protecting their neighborhoods through something such as a neighborhood watch. As the internet has become increasingly prominent, there has been a rise in fascination with true crime in the media, and Netflix has come up with a way to take advantage of this and continue to get viewers involved.
Unsolved Mysteries is a three-season series with each episode focusing on the details of a specific true crime case. These cases range from missing persons, murders, and various other crimes that law enforcement agencies have been unable to solve. Each episode features a dramatization of the known facts of the case along with interviews of people involved such as family members, friends, officers who worked on the case, etc. At the end of each episode there are resources provided where users can get in contact with the show if they have any information about the specific case.
True crime shows such as this have become so popular due to the fact that the victims featured are not some fictitious character, but real people, just like those listening. Additionally, the common person often aims to understand how someone else, who may appear just like them, could do such horrific things. The sheer popularity of the show proves that the public enjoys being involved in the crime fighting process and, if clued into enough details, they will be inclined to fill in the blanks for themselves and possibly even the authorities. They may not have the same training as law enforcement officials, but sometimes an interested public servant with some time on their hands can make the biggest difference in getting a case solved.