With Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and podcasts like “Serial” and “Dr. Death,” true crime has never been hotter. But the NBC news magazine “Dateline” got into the game early, nearly three decades ago. The show is now in its 27th season with episodes airing Fridays and Saturdays.

Correspondent Keith Morrison says he had to be “dragged into” covering true crime but realized sharing victims’ stories could be therapeutic for their loved ones. He now appreciates the long-form journalism the format allows and sometimes wishes he could go longer.

In this Aug. 23, 2018 photo, host Keith Morrison appears after an interview in New York to promote his NBC series, “Dateline.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

“Dateline” correspondents were an attraction at the annual CrimeCon convention. There are “Dateline” socks for sale and even free voicemails available for download featuring Morrison and fellow reporter Josh Mankiewicz.

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In this Aug. 23, 2018 photo, host Keith Morrison appears after an interview in New York to promote his NBC series, “Dateline.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Online: https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline

In this Aug. 23, 2018 photo, host Keith Morrison appears after an interview in New York to promote his NBC series, “Dateline.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Source: The Associated Press