How To Identify a Serial Killer

The other day, my boyfriend returned from his chiropractor appointment and announced that Dr. K agrees that M must be a serial killer.

Let me back up. M is my sister’s boyfriend. They’ve been together for about three years now, though living across the country during the pandemic has meant we don’t see them much. But the two times we’ve met M, that maniacal circus music starts playing in the background.

The guy seems normal enough, aside from looking perpetually stoned. I mean, he did ask solely for true crime shows, books, and soundtracks for Christmas, which is suspect. But, I think that’s en vogue right now, so I’ll let it slide.

There is one red flag you could spot from a mile away, though. It’s his favorite snack.

The guy’s favorite candy is Circus Peanuts! He enjoys eating orange Styrofoam pellets. He’s got to be a psycho, right?

Okay, fine, curiosity got the best of me. Circus peanuts are artificial banana flavored marshmallow candies. Not much better that Styrofoam, at least in my book.

Anyways, we’ve spent the last three years trying to find one other person who enjoys, or even tolerates Circus Peanuts. Everyone not only says no, but is appalled that we would even ask. Several have been so taken aback that they declare he must be a serial killer.

So, here we are, once more. We may know the only person in the world that loves Circus Peanuts candy.

Do you or someone you love eat Circus Peanuts candy? I would love to know. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing, and I just haven’t found a large enough sample group yet.

Also, do you have any unconventional “red flags” that you look for in relationships–romantic, friendship, or otherwise? Even if they’re goofy and ridiculous, let’s hear ’em!

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  1. What a great title and fun post? This has me worried about your grandma and her desire for great-grandchildren. 🙂 I can’t say that I’ve known anyone that likes Circus Peanuts. My kids might try them if they weren’t banana flavored but I don’t think I could sell even them on those.

    But how would one identify a serial killer? Someone who carefully makes sure to take every cup, can they’ve touched, and any hair they’ve shed when they leave somewhere they’ve visited? Dislike of animals?

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    1. Even as a kid, they looked awful, and I don’t think I was ever willing to try them, so I wouldn’t blame your kids. Haha!

      Good one! Yes, I would definitely keep my eye on someone who is mindful about leaving no trace…

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  2. Pretty sure I tried the circus peanuts as a kid and hated them if for nothing more than the banana flavor. I do remember them being like styrofoam as well. I’m not really sure I could pick a serial killer out of a line up without a lot of clues Erin. I don’t usually watch a lot of serial killer TV so no one should depend on me to crack the case 😉

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    1. Yes! I think I tried one, at the circus, and was not impressed with the so-called “candy”. I don’t watch any of those shows (already too much negativity in the world), so I would also wouldn’t have any idea what to look for.

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  3. I have to admit that I had circus peanuts about two years ago. Today I would not eat them, but if I remember correctly, they weren’t all that bad – kind of brought back some childhood memories. Oh, and I’m not a serial killer, but I do like crime shows. Have a good rest of your weekend.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your perspective! Maybe they aren’t as bad as look, and I can absolutely understand the nostalgia factor playing a part. I hope you have a great weekend, too!

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  4. Oh my goodness….I’d forgotten all about those nasty little things. My mom loved them…but they tasted like chalk! What a hilarious peek into his life…thank you for the giggles! Circus music indeed! 🤪

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    1. Hahaha!! I love you bluntness, Vicki! I’m with you! It’s all in good fun… we’ve only spent a few hours getting to know M, so it’s like a piecing together a puzzle to figure him out. The Circus Peanuts is a jigsaw piece that I can’t help wondering ended up in the wrong box. Haha!!! 🤪

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  5. Circus Peanuts is definitely a sign of someone who could be a Hannibal Lecter. I do hope you keep a close eye on him. 😆

    I can’t say I know anyone who likes them, although I like pork rinds and people think that’s kinda gross – but I gave them up with my health binge recently.

    In all seriousness, around 4 years ago, there was a serial killer who was targeting gay men in Torontos community and that was quite disturbing. Thankfully he got caught and I bet his story will end up in one of those true crime documentaries one day soon.

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    1. Hahaha!! We’ll definitely keep an eye on him! 😆

      While I’m not a huge fan of pork rinds, I’d choose them over Circus Peanuts any day!

      That’s awful, and I can only imagine how scary that must have been. I’m glad to he was caught. With DNA databases, it seems that perpetrators are being caught more quickly, but the needless loss of life is heartbreaking.

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  6. My mom and dad love them, and my nephew who is now 22 loved them ferociously as a toddler. Maybe he still does, I haven’t asked him. He was only about 2 years old the last time I saw him eat any, “meenuts”. 🤣

    I think you have it backwards. It’s the LACK of obvious quirks that make someone sus of being a serial killer!

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    1. Ah, it seems that M isn’t alone then! We have some fellow “meenut” lovers haha! 🤣

      Interesting! It’s the lack of obvious quirks that should draw suspicion… I think you might be on to something, as all the best people have their own little idiosyncrasies, don’t they? Love it!!

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