It takes a very specific type of person to study pure evil clinically — that is, doing what one can to put aside one’s preconceived notions and judgments to truly understand the mechanics of evil: what is its genesis? What is its function? How does it work? Most importantly, how can we stop it?
How does one even begin to study this problem with even a pretense of objectivity? The FBI attempted their answer starting in the 1970’s with what was more or less the American boom in serial murder — this was but years after the Manson murders rocked the world; only about a decade after Psycho’s twisted vision hit the big-screen; only about 15 years after Psycho’s inspiration, “The Butcher of Plainfield” Ed Gein was caught and placed into intensive criminal psychiatric care in Wisconsin; The Zodiac Killer was still