The Margin: $1,000 to binge-watch true crime documentaries could be the dream pandemic gig

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Wait, you’ve been binge-watching true crime series during the COVID-19 lockdown, and you haven’t been getting paid for it?

If you think that’s a crime, then this is the dream job for you right now: watching 16 true crime documentaries for 24 hours for $1,000. The only catch: You’ve got to be willing to live stream and/or livetweet your macabre marathon for the enjoyment of the internet.

Documentary streaming service MagellanTV is offering four figures and a free yearlong subscription to its $4.99-$6.99 per month service (plus a few three-month memberships for friends and family) for someone willing to document themselves watching 24 hours of true crime (well, mostly murder) documentaries nonstop.

“Our candidate has a passion for all things true crime,” reads the job description. “They can handle the creepiest serial killer, the grizzliest details, and the haunting spookiness of the paranormal.”

(But if you get caught sleeping on the job, you actually have 48 hours total to finish watching all 16 docs.)

The candidate must also be willing to document their “All-Night Crime Watch” on their Twitter TWTR, +2.78%, Facebook FB, +1.33%, Instagram, YouTube GOOG, +1.42% and TikTok channels “so their followers can watch to see if they crack . . . or not,” according to the job posting. In fact, the application asks for all of the candidate’s social media handles, as well as a short 100-word essay making their case to be given a grand to watch real-life murder mysteries. Apply here.

So what will this person be watching? Lots and lots and lots of murder investigations, including: “Manson’s Missing Victims,” “Manson 40 Years Later,” “Murder on the Internet,” “Parachute Murder Plot,” “Women on Death Row” and “Columbine Massacre: In the Killer’s Mind.”

Basically, this dream job is the stuff of nightmares. Unless you’re into that sort of thing — and Netflix’s NFLX, -4.11% string of true-crime hits, from “Making a Murderer” to “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” suggests that’s the case. Good luck!

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