Criminality is a cornucopia of irony. Although there are genes in our body which can determine our height, the color of our hair, and the complexion of our skin, there isn't one that can predispose a person's criminality. A lot of people say that background and upbringing play a huge role - and experts tend to agree.
For instance, Henry Lee Lucas' crime was said to be because of his monster of a mother. However, people with good upbringings can also turn into serial killers, such as Jesse Pomeroy, whose parents were well employed and were in a healthy, loving relationship.
It's confusing to say the least; the number of factors can't be confined to background and upbringing - there are also the issues of mental illness, lack of education, hatred towards a certain group of people, and distortion of what they believe, as was the case with Robin Gecht who used Satan as his reason to amputate human breasts.
One can fear a person and be more cautious when around him or her because that individual gives off "bad vibes", but no one can be truly sure whether he was a killer or not - until the time he was caught.
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Interesting Summary of Serial Killer Cases
I would recommend it because it gives a good summary of the Lambeth Poisoner (Thomas Neil Cream), the Starvation Doctor (Linda Burfield Hazzard), David and Catherine Birnie, Robin Gecht and the cannibalistic Ripper Crew, and Martha Rendell. The Starvation Doctor, Martha Rendell and the Ripper Crew were new to me. The stories are interesting and a good source for preliminary research. This book is just the right amount of time for my commute, so that is a plus.
That is a toss-up between Martha Rendell who is probably innocent and a victim of her times or Linda Hazzard. There is something evilly intriguing about a woman who can starve her patients to death and get them to pay for it all while forging documents to inherit their fortunes.
No, but this narrator is perfect for this book. He tells the story in a dramatic way that isn't too over done. I enjoy his narration.
What do a cannibalistic Satanic cult, a deranged alternative doctor, and a stay-at-home mistress have in common?
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