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‘The Outsider’ is Sci-Fi’s Answer to True Crime’s Unanswered Questions

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Stephen King is considered a master of the creepy and terrifying. The HBO show The Outsider, adapted from his novel of the same name, is like every horrific true crime story wrapped into one. Even worse, there is a mythical creature behind the child murders the show tries to solve, making it even scarier than the real stories we consume as fans of the genre. And this hooded man, who is wreaking havoc on innocent people in The Outsider, offers an explanation for the mysteries that plague us.

The Outsider begins with a brutal child murder, one of the worst acts imaginable. However, it seems that the killer has been found quickly and the case will be solved thanks to Detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn). Community baseball coach and all-around loved father Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman) has his DNA all over the scene, but he also has evidence he was in another town as the murder took place. The case continues to get more confusing when it seems like there were two different versions of Terry. Eventually, the detective’s investigation points to a mysterious figure that has the ability to take people’s DNA. But he refuses to believe it.

The murder of the young boy in The Outsider has similarities with very famous unsolved murders. The body was found in the woods, mutilated and apparently involving some kind of sexual element, which mirrors victims in both the West Memphis murders and the Atlanta Child Murders. Both are horrific and remain with so many unanswered questions to this day. To have the true........

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