SFR 308: Why We Love Serial Killers

–New programming chief of Syfy calls shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness “derivative filler,” signaling a coming shift in the paranormal reality television landscape.
–No, Pope Francis isn’t backing science over religion in the issues of evolution and the Big serialkillersBang. He’s just saying God got it started, which is not at all scientific.
–We admit that we “love” serial killers, and talk about some of the reasons they are so fascinating to us.
–Who are the serial killers that interest us most? Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper, and a few other names pop up here. Why them? There’s something about the unknown killer who taunted police that draw us in.
–A review of the 2008 book “Monster of Florence” by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi.
–A discussion of the best serial killer themed feature films.

In hour 2, we welcome back professor of sociology and criminologist Dr. Scott Bonn to speak about his new book, “Why We Love Serial Killers.”  We delve into some of the popular myths about serial murderers, discussing how these myths have been perpetuated.  We converse honestly about criminal profiling, describing how useful (or even un-useful) it can be.  And, of course, we talk about some of the main reasons so many us are fascinated by the criminal mind.

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About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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2 Responses to SFR 308: Why We Love Serial Killers

  1. Ken S. says:

    I like Bonn, but I think he’s very naive if he thinks David Berkowitz is truly remorseful or that his becoming a Christian means anything, Sociopaths don’t get cured, They]re very manipulative and they’re good at faking emotion. I’m surprised that Bonn would be taken in by his performance.

    • Jason Korbus says:

      I understand a lot of people will feel that way, regardless of evidence one way or the other, which is why I asked him about that on the show.

      I do agree with Bonn, however, when he said that ultimately it does not matter what anyone thinks. The fact is, Berkowitz is counseling other prisoners, as well as the people who write him, and no one is getting hurt by that. Furthermore, Berkowitz knows as well as anyone that he isn’t getting out of prison. So I’m not sure I would understand the motivation to continue manipulating everyone and faking his emotions nearly 40 years later. Still, we do have to leave it open as a possibility.

      I’m assuming you have corresponded with Berkowitz, or maybe visited him in prison in a professional capacity for you to have come to the conclusion that he is a sociopath who is faking his emotions and manipulating criminologists. If you don’t mind sharing, what did you uncover during your interactions? I’d be interested in hearing more.

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