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Not for the thrill seeker or the faint of heart & mind
Kara Dahl Russell from United States
15 February 2007
This is a series of twelve interviews with notorious serial killers.
This is not a slick, glamorized series. This would not be of interest
for someone who wants graphic pictures of victims, or slow-motion
details about the killings, the cases or a "how to." More than enough
of this information comes out, but it is often relayed in a very
matter-of-fact blasé tone of the killer himself recounting it as if
it were a trip to the corner store. In some respects this series does
start out almost boring
but this is obviously orchestrated, to tailor
it's own audience to the text, to eliminate the thrill seekers.
What this series is: a thoughtful series of interviews with the serial
killers. The focus here is not on the gruesome, but on the minds of
these (mostly) men, and how their minds work or don't as the case may
be. The cumulative effect is slow and powerful. The series as a whole
becomes possibly the strongest intelligent argument for the death
penalty that has even been created.
The music is odd, but again, by the end, the irregular rhythms and
random notes echo the distorted viewpoint of the thought process of
these people. Exceptionally well done for someone seeking an in depth
look at the psychology of these killers. It leave us seeing some deep
similar facets: their inability to say "I killed"
but instead saying,
"she got herself killed," how each of them who is able to be somewhat
introspective flatly states that there is no solution for them but to
be put to death, how pornography and popular culture tool sexual
fantasies in this direction, and how everyday people around them were
often complicit in really sickening ways.
Deeply thought provoking.
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