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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Scale of Evil

I was watching some shows that had recorded on my DVR this week, during the whole cat trauma, etc. (Still no car, but the cats do seem to like me a LITTLE better now.)

I'd never seen the show Most Evil on the Discovery Channel before, but I'm going to keep an eye out for it now!

The show is based on forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone's Scale of Evil, where he ranks murderers into catagories based on the circumstances involved in their crimes. For instance, he ranks as 01 as "Those who kill in self-defense and do not show psychopathic tendencies" and then goes up to his highest ranking of 22, which he describes as "Psychopathic torture-murderers, with torture their primary motive." He gives familiar examples of these along the way.

Obviously it's a subjective list, there's no way to avoid that, but I think it's a worthy subject to delve into. Fascinating.


Discover has some really good shows. There's one on in the afternoons that shows how the solve the crimes. I watch that, but have to make sure that DD isn't in the room...she's sneaky though.
Not too sure I should watch the Scale of Evil...I could get caught.
I would assume that those who are 22s don't have any sense of remorse and they most likely thoroughly enjoy their crimes. I don't think I'd feel any safer around a 15 though since they'd probably kill me and then cry afterwards. Either way, I'd be dead.
Oh! I think you'd like a show on MTV called Scarred. It shows videos of people getting hurt doing skateboarding or bicycling. They show their bones snapping in slow motion. My son thinks it's the coolest thing EVER, and so do I... kind of. :)
Yeah, I try to avoid having the kids see these true crime shows, too.

Jamie Dawn, the interesting thing about them is that he had all sorts of criteria. For instance, he rated Dennis Rader (BTK) as a 22 because he not only killed people and wasn't remorseful, he also took every opportunity he could to scare his community by sending letters to the paper, etc.
Sounds like a show I'd like to watch. I'll look for it.
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