Born to be Killers: The Complexity of Abnormal Human Behavior – Time Warner Books, copyright 2004 by Time Warner
The subtitle of this book The Complexity of Abnormal Human Behavior leads one to believe that this is more of a dissertation on the human psyche than a common, dirty-details of death book. Sadly (or happily) depending on your preference, this is a common book which only reiterates stories of murder found in better written books.
The Devil in the White City is a better book in every aspect. Better author, better written and possibly a better subject. But Born to be Killers is a better read when you are sleepless at 4:30 a.m. nursing an icy Bud Light and a penchant for high body counts.
So, to the tune of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music
Assaults with knife fights and blunt pistol whippings,
Things that are printed in grubby news clippings.
Asphyxiation with twine or with string,
These are a few of my favorite things!
An now for a few of my favorite sections from said book:
1. Chapter on Martin Bryant. The author claims that the reader certainly would have heard of mass murderer Martin Bryant as his rampage in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996 received worldwide coverage. To which I reply Who the HELL is Martin Bryant? This is Martin Bryant
I think nothing more needs to be said about THAT mug! However, if you too did not know of Martin Bryant’s escapades go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur_massacre_%28Australia%29
2. Peter Manuel. In the chapter on serial killer Peter Manuel, the author tells how he (Peter) hailed a cab, driven by Sydney Dunn, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Or, more specifically written, a taxi driven by Sydney Dunn, “who recalled later that it was very dark night and the streets were empty because of the stormy weather.” Sydney Dunn recalled this? The very same Sydney Dunn found dead alongside his abandoned taxi the very next day? What the hell? Pushing Daisies is actually a documentary?
And yet this man has published books while I’m still 2 months without a job. Quite clearly I need to offer my services as editor to Time Warner Books.
We’re off. Say Goodnight Bishop.