The Mind's Eye show

category: News & Politics

Dr. Scott Bonn / Why We Love Serial Killers

2/24/2015


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Guest: Dr. Scott A. Bonn; Criminology Professor
Book: Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Killers


For decades now, serial killers have taken center stage in the news and entertainment media. The coverage of real-life murderers has transformed them into ghoulish celebrities. Similarly, the popularity of fictional characters such as Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter or Dexter demonstrates just how eager the public is to be frightened by these human predators. But why is this so? In Why We Love Serial Killers, Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) and Dennis Rader (“Bind, Torture, Kill”)

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