It’s amazing to see the fascination people have with tombs, monuments of the dead and raw murder sites. In Cambodia, I saw the killing fields where thousands of people had been killed by the oppressive regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. It stands as a great reminder to the Cambodian people of how oppressive and brutal the regime was.
Thousands were put into killing fields and sent to their death for opposing the regime and its rulers. I just saw the news that the trials of the “Killing Fields” are still going on in Cambodia. Backed by the UN, these are trials that will, in the end, help Cambodia end it’s bloody past during the Pol Pot Regime. The museum still stands as a testament to the atrocity of the regime.
In Vietnam, the War Museum is a testament to the barbarity of the war. The unique methods used by one man to kill another man and the howling children burnt from top-to-toe by napalm in the dense forests has given rise to Pulitzer Prize Pictures. Other pictures include the frightened eyes of women hiding in tube wells and ditches trying to save their lives from enemy soldiers attacking them. Both Cambodia and Vietnam bare the suffering of war and brutality which are interwoven in their history. Man is fascinated by evil, why one commits evil, the mind of the evildoer and the deed itself.
In the U.S., there are guided tours that ferry people from one end of the city to the other to showcase “The Manson Murders”. These were horrific crimes carried out during the end of the sixties when Manson ordered his followers to go on a rampage and kill the pregnant wife of Roman Polanski who was then a budding director. The whole of Hollywood was fascinated by these killings. Theories were made and people wanted to delve into the minds of these individuals and their capacity to do evil.
Murder, blood, gore, and evil has been an integral part of the human psyche and has been showcased with ample relish and great fascination. Whether serial killers or barbaric warlords, our fascination with evil continues.