True crime

Sarah Yadgar, Stefanie Plato Spælling, Ditte Arnberg Trojaborg, Nadia Berjawi, Nadia Weibel Roed & Carina Emma Olsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper investigates the two very popular true crime series; “The Jinx” and “Making a Murderer”. Firstly, it will attempt to characterize the true crime genre by using knowledge from the documentary genre and the fictional genre. Secondly, our definition of the true crime genre is used to define the two works. Furthermore, this assignment will, through a filmic analysis, examine how the US justice system is depicted in the two works, and decide if the most sacred of principles ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is still present within the US justice system. Based upon the analysis, it becomes apparent that the two series create an opening for ethical questions such as - Is it ethically correct to make use of real-life murder cases in the entertainment industry? This leads to the discussion. However, in our case, it is not – from the ethical point of view - possible to prove any wrong in the producing or publishing of “Making a Murderer” and “The Jinx”. Due to the results of this investigation, it has been found particularly interesting to examine whether the entertainment industry has developed over time with an increasing focus on the true crime genre.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2016
VejledereKatrine Sommer Boysen


  • "The Jinx" and "Making a Murderer"
  • True crime