Jon Benet Ramsey, Murder, Patsy Ramsey discussed on American Hysteria
Nineteen, sixty five, and it involved a group of volunteers watching a woman on closed circuit television who was allegedly participating in a learning test but was really a graduate student working with learner. She was seated in a room fitted with electrodes and asked a handful of questions with each incorrect answer. The subject would act as if she'd been shocked her screams were. Her body twisting in pain. One Group of volunteers was allowed a choice to transfer her to a different kinder method of learning without this negative reinforcement without this suffering, and almost all of them chose to save her identifying her with words like innocent victim someone who didn't deserve what was happening to her another group of volunteers however was not given the option to save the woman from the electric shocks and they were told that she was being paid for her participation in this learning test. Interviews with volunteers showed that the less money they were told, she was receiving the more they began to blame her saying that she either wasn't paying enough attention wasn't a good learner or that the pain was justified because she'd become smarter as a result I know what's a little confusing but here's what learner concluded from the experiment quote the site of an innocent person suffering without the possibility of reward or compensation motivated people to devalue the attractiveness of the victim in order to bring about a more appropriate fit between her fate and her character. To put it plainly those who are victimized make us uncomfortable if we're unable to help them and so it becomes easier to blame the victim because if the victim receives no money or more broadly, no justice, it shakes the foundations of our belief in adjust world we realized the world can be horrifically random and that any of US could be next with no real way to expect or prevented, and since everything happens for a reason, the victim must have somehow brought this upon themselves. In Reagan's Task Force on victims of crime report victims were presented with words like in. Pure and we're buying large white women sexually assaulted by a stranger at night or old ladies robbed at gunpoint while shopping downtown those who are far less likely to be harmed and far more likely to receive justice than at risk groups like sex workers and drug users in the unharmed those who rarely received the title of innocent victim those who subscribe most strongly to the just world are also more likely to feel negatively toward oppressed groups and less likely to categorize them as innocent victims trying instead to find reasons that their treatment is justified unable. To face the discomfort that the world itself may not always be just just like those who believe in the mean world those who believe in a just world are also more likely to support law and order political leaders in social institutions like the police and prisons as they exist. Now, it's like public hangings, publicized trials, True Crime Investigations, and even victim blaming are these dark magic rituals aimed at restoring the cosmic order away from cosmic chaos all the way back to early colonial life where small sins that held death penalties stealing from your neighbor blasphemy witchcraft. Beside murder and rape as if they were crimes on par with each other, whatever you feel about the correct punishment for sensational crimes like serial murder, the conditions are cultural monsters deserve to live in after their sentencing. The fact remains that are prison policies aided by the Mirage of rampant true crime events have affected all inmates, many of whom are there for drug crimes or robberies folks who with the right social programs with family visits educational opportunities financial investment in communities would all be less likely to become repeat offenders or to even enter prison in the first place? Governor Jerry Brown was a politician who pushed for tough on crime legislation in the nineteen eighties alongside the victim's rights movement and Ronald Reagan. But by the two thousands, he realized that it had been a mistake quote what we did what I did. We didn't fully grasp the consequences. We just didn't know and I say it's an error that should be corrected. It's important to remember that true crime has helped solve cases. It has brought closure to families. It has helped to get the wrongly accused out of prison. It's helped to hold law enforcement accountable to expose huge flaws within the legal system, and it's fueled vital changes in the name of victims rights. But at the same time, we know so much of it is exploitive and horribly insensitive like the case of Jon Benet Ramsey that had no problem implicating the brother of murdered girl and turning him into a villain for profit unleashing the wave of often rabid calls for. Justice in what sometimes starts to feel like Internet, hanging parties and the negative effects of true crime are ever present because it sells and it always has for better or for worse as a result were inundated with it because we want it and that cycle has seriously skewed our perception of crime and the potential for our own inevitable victimhood rates violent crime have been dropping steadily since the early nineties. But the majority of Americans in poll after poll believed the exact opposite and according to true crime, the threat is constant and it's coming to a suburb near you. A quick glance at the investigation discovery lineup tells us just how frightened we should be with shows like evil lives here the killer beside me fear thy neighbor and of course, stranger in my home. The root word of victim comes from the Latin Victoria Thima meaning sacrificial animal, and it seems sometimes politicians and our culture again, and again can sacrifice our archetypal American victims and all of us who are said to be future victims to the gods of law and order, and we can even use past indiscretions real or imagined to sue the our own fear that perhaps the universe does not hand us our justice instead many seek to create this justice to find ways to create a. Just world for all of us in our messy national community, we are hardwired to do this and that at its core is a beautiful thing but a lot of things can be wrapped around our fear around our ideas of justice because these ideas have always been ordered politically socially and culturally. So sometimes, our ritual hope becomes nothing but the upholding of an unjust status quo while further cementing our strict and dangerous categories of us and them of good and evil of victim and criminal. People like Doris Tate those actually affected by sensational true crime events have every motivation to march headlong and courageously into their activism so that these horrific events might never happen to anyone else ever again. Then there are people like Michelle, McNamara, and Susan Jameson Bhanot who became de facto experts and cases that had nothing at all to do with them, and yet somehow lived at the center of their world's all different kinds of people history teachers, solving Psychopathic Ciphers, armchair detectives, Internet sleuths, bloggers, and writers, and directors and podcasters and journalists people like me and maybe people like you. The murder of Jon, Benet Ramsey, and its subsequent investigation has crystallized into something that feels closer to fiction. Than fact, it's become a movie of itself. There are characters, costumes, quotes. There are moments we know are coming. We wait for the footage or we wait for the reenacted moment where Patsy Ramsey says through tears in televised news report we know exactly the way she says it. Babe. If you even occasionally give into your sensational side. You'll have seen a dozen patsy Ramsey's this line, a dozen John, Ramsey's run into the wine cellar and fall to their knees a dozen mysterious sinister men crawl through the window in the night. But none of us have ever met this little girl this family and yet when the question of ethics comes up after a little boy smashes a fake skull covered in Pigskin we have our response. Doesn't America deserve an answer? Maybe, the question really is don't we need one? Standing in the Line now my items pulled toward the register full of cash I'm still pulled toward those tabloids beaming her same face back at me again and again year after year, and maybe you are too. She will always be hours. Jon. Benet she will always belong to us an American legend a dramatic sequined mystery in full red white and blue. This was American history. Next, time on the show, I'll be talking with the brilliant Rachel Monroe the author of savage appetites for true stories of women crime obsession a huge inspiration for this episode. Don't miss it and then join us in two weeks the night before the election for our long awaited episode on Fake News. The nonprofit we'd like to highlight for this episode is called the insight prison project, which works to transform the lives of those impacted by incarceration by designing and implementing rehabilitative programs designed to develop emotional and vocational skills and reduce recidivism learn more and donate at insight prison project, dot org, or click the link in our bio American hysteria is written produced and hosted by me Chelsea ever. Smith sound design by clear. Kamo. 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