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Dark Matter No.2: Ghost Hunting Gruesome Crime Scenes

I've been made aware of a lot of paranormal television shows taking place in locations at recent (as in less than 30 years) crime scenes. Places in Everyday, USA where the people effected by these crimes are very much alive and probably have a TV. I can't be the only person stopping and asking "what the...fuck?"

We're human; I get that there's a dark fascination with locations where depravity has happened, and a subconscious rubber-necking that attracts us to this stuff. But to exploit it for ratings, viewings, popularity and ultimately money?

I know people who's motivations are driven by garnering attention and recognition, in some weird cases even fame. Usually, people can't differentiate between what is exploitation and what is awareness, and that ignorance shows through acts or words that are exclusively exploitative of something or someone. To exploit is to take advantage of, and people take advantage of anything that gets attention; people, situations and ideas, events, beliefs, etc. They do so in ways they don't even realize are incredibly selfish. It's all a shit-stew of personal gain, that much is clear.

So that begs the question - where's the line of offensiveness? How do we know we've crossed it or are staying within a (to use a phrase that makes me uncomfortable in a way I can't describe) "safe space"?

There's not some national institution of paranormal investigative behavior BUT WHAT A TITLE so the thousands of us who strike out on our own without a major TV network backing us, are left to our own morals. What a scary thought. All of us, who carry beliefs and morals and ideals and scruples, are left to conduct ourselves as only we see fit. And we can get very. Fucked. Up. ....And fast.

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Thanks for reading,

I'm Amy L. Bennett, a writer, multimedia artist, recovering archaeologist and YouTuber from Upstate, New York. I've been invested in all things strange and unusual since my dad gave me the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy when I was way too young. Along with my fiancé, Ryan, we've explored countless haunted locations in the US and abroad in search of the Weird.
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