Sunny对《American Predator》的笔记(2)

American Predator
  • 书名: American Predator
  • 作者: Maureen Callahan
  • 副标题: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
  • 页数: 304
  • 出版社: Viking; 1st Edition edition (July 2, 2019)
  • 出版年: 2019-7-2
  • 第12页

    In summer, Alaska, and Anchorage in particular, becomes the brightest place on the planet, a theme park for vacationing families engaged in outdoor activities through twenty-two hours of pure sunlight. But when winter descends and tourists depart, the mask comes off. Anchorage's true nature, her uncivilized self, is revealed. Darkness and depravity compete with a collective hunger for light and life. Never does this place feel so literally on the edge of the earth, seesawing between the temporal world and some black chasm of unknown phenomena, as the six months it sinks into near-total darkness. The isolations alone means anything goes.

    It is a rough place to be a woman.

    Alaska must be viewed as having two characteristics: great beauty but also implacable hostility.

    Would always be a somewhat special breed: adventurous, heroic, willing to contest the great winds, the endless nights, the freezing winters.

    p 78

    Bell and Payne had little time to give Feldis his crash course in breaking a suspect, siills honed over years of training at police academics, taught to agents and police officers at Quantico by top minds, where even the most experienced investigators will return, again and again, to replenish these perishable skills and learn new techniques.

    The information that agents and officers call upon in every interrogation, these deep, vast, archives, is most akin to muscle memory. There is no algorithm for eliciting a confession. A good interrogator works with the confidence born of experience yet is smart enough to be humbled by each new suspect and each new challenge.

    The best of the breed are psychologically and intellectually numble. They have to be able to pick up on the smallest tells, the microexpressions that give a suspect away: a slight smirk, shifting feet, a glance at a phot that goes on a beat longer than it should. They have to be so confident that they never even think about how they're coming across to a suspect. The best interrogators are outside of themselves focused totally on the subject in front of them, improvising from a sad, solid foundation, verbally conrnering the worse humanity has to offer.

    It is an art form.

    2019-09-18 08:30:35 回应
  • 第180页
    Not all psychopaths are serial killers, but all serial killers are psychopaths. The latter, lust-driven serial murderers, will share a common denominator: how they think.
    Keyes never knew that before - that his psyche and physiological reactions wern't unique. He'd had the same epiphany, Keyes told them, with Dark Dreams and, though it was fiction, Dean Koontz's Intensity. Told from the alternating viewpoints of a serial killer and his abducted victim, Koontz's novel crystallized Keyes's thoughts and urges: the love of pain, self-inflicted and imposed, the ultimate pointlessness of human existence; the disbelif in God or any other higher being; the power and transcendence that only taking, torturing, and killing could provide. This made him feel, ironically, like the God he didn't even believe in.
    Koontz described his serial killer thusly: "he does not believe in reincarnation or in any of the standard practices of an afterlife that are sold by the world's great religions... But if he is to undergo an apotheosis, it will be brought about by his own bold actions, not by divine grace; if he, in face, becomes a god, the transformation will occur because he has already chosen to live like a god - without fear, without remorse, without limits, with all his sense fiercely sharpened."
    All of forensic criminal psychology is haunted by one question: ARe psychopaths born or made? The debate is as old as Socrates, who believed that human beings were incapable of deliberate evil. Wrongdoing was born of ignorance or delusion. "There is only one good, knowledge," he said, "and one evil, ignornace."
    "the discourse of evil" is endless and no longer the province of psychology, psychiatry, or phiosophy. We look to medicine and technology for explanations, even though the science isn't there yet. No brain scan can definitively detect a tendency toward psychopathlogy. Social psychiatry is just as useless. Studies of twins have shown that psychopathy may be a trait more heritable than environmental, yet good children can thrive depsite bad parents, and vice versa.

    2019-09-18 08:38:03 回应

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