The 10 Lessons I Have Learned From Researching True Crime for a Decade

Aymes Sarah
15 min readJun 19, 2020

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I don't know how I lived without the internet as long as I did. I love having thousands of pages of facts at my fingertips. My favorite research topic is true crime.

Due to the dark turn the world has taken, I’ve been avoiding researching the “dark side” as much as I used to.

For ten years, I spent three to four hours a night researching missing person and homicide cases. If you name a missing person from Canada, I can picture their face in my head and tell you facts about their case.

I know, you probably think I am strange.

I have always thought I was a missing person in my past life or maybe I would help find someone someday. There has to be a reason for my obsession, right?

In my ten years of research in this area, I have learned a lot about personal safety, our society, and life that I wanted to share with the world.

“If you have knowledge,let others light their candles in it” -Margaret Fuller

Marginalized People Are Often Overlooked

I used to think this was strictly ethnicity-based and in some cases, it is. However, the majority of the time, the missing person and homicide cases that are overlooked are the cases of poor people.

Poor people with addictions and/or a transient lifestyle to be specific.

Many times I have seen a missing person cold case on Facebook, copied and pasted that person’s name into Google, and had a sinking feeling when nothing showed up for them.

Millions of pages about a school shooter or cold-blooded criminal but an innocent missing person gets zero media or internet coverage because they lived “a high-risk lifestyle”.

When they go missing, it is expected and not salacious enough for the media to cover.

Some people ask: “What about their family, why don’t they advocate for them?”

There are many reasons why a family doesn’t pursue justice for a missing or murdered family member. Maybe there is a language barrier, systemic feeling of rejection or fear of the media or police…

Aymes Sarah

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊