This kind of murderer does not invent himself as the result of a TV programme or newspaper report, nor do his actions issue from an intellectual decision to emulate those of somebody else. They are the final eruption of a long process of disintegration which has been silently festering for years and is incapable of being either promoted or prevented by the intervention of the media.
To imagine that such a man can make up his mind to copy a murderer and so become one too is the sort of opinion one may expect to hear in the pub. Unfortunately one increasingly hears it from people like Dr Dietz, who should know better, but whose level of analysis is often not much deeper.
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