According to Lawrence Friedman’s book, the violent crimes such as those exhibited by Holmes are the fuel for novels and poems.  Violent crimes are part of American culture. These crimes “evoked a raw hatred that could mold a mob and lead a man to be lynched.” 1This is seen in this case. It was stated that the crimes were so horrific that the public could not look away. We see this in modern times too; it’s the violent crimes that get reported not the feel good stories. The public is fascinated by the gory details and want all the information they can get.

1. Friedman