How Missing Satirizes Our Unhealthy Obsession with True Crime

Editor’s Note: The following contains Missing spoilers.True crime’s popularity seems to know no limits.

The genre has evolved through the decades as streaming and social media have surged in popularity, seamlessly expanding from prime-time television episodes like Dateline and 20/20 to being its own category on Netflix.

But true crime hasn’t stopped at streaming — social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok are home to countless creators who put on their amateur detective hats and spread theories and dissect clues about current criminal cases for public entertainment.

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