True crime lovers

Calling all true crime obsessives

With billions of people stuck at home in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many are searching for ways to kill the time or beat the boredom of social distancing.

While many will be looking for new interests and hobbies to keep their brain active, for some this is perfect time to delve even deeper into existing passions.

True crime lovers are already served well by online culture, with the internet full of true crime podcasts, documentaries, and films to stream.

FutureLearn offers true crime aficionados the chance to see true crime from new angles, with courses exploring criminology, forensics, and storytelling.

If you’re looking to explore the world of forensics, The Open University has a course dedicated to Forensic Psychology, while the University of Sheffield have a course examining how forensic experts work to reconstruct the identity of murder victims.

The University of Glasgow’s fascinating course on the history of art crime will take you into the murky underbelly of the art world, exploring theft, fakes, and fraud – a world familiar to many thanks to films such as American Animals and novels like Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch.

Indeed, if you love true crime fiction, the University of East Anglia’s Introduction to Screenwriting course will set you on the path to writing your own true crime classic, learning the basics of story construction.