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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Quotations on Serial Killers

We are your sons, and we are your husbands, and we grew up in regular families. Ted Bundy, serial killer

If you rub it in, both at home and abroad, that you are ready for instant war, with every unit of your strength in the first line and waiting to be first in, and hit your enemy in the belly and kick him when he is down, and boil your prisoners in oil (if you take any), and torture his women and children, then people will keep clear of you. John Arbuthnot Fisher, British Admiral 1841-1920

It really makes no odds to us if we kill someone.
Heinrich Himmler

If ten or twelve Hungarian writers had been shot at the right moment, there would have been no revolution. Nikita Kruschev

I have as little respect, Sir, for a fighting nation as I have for a fighting individual. John Stuart Mill

One of the chief ironies of the whole Yorkshire Ripper case is that the police spent millions of pounds fruitlessly searching for an outsider, when the culprit was just an ordinary bloke, a local man who shared their background and attitudes to an extraordinary degree. J. Smith

The urge to characterize Peter Sutcliffe as mad has powerful emotional origins; it has as much to do with how we see ourselves and the society in which we live as it has to do with our perception of him and his crimes. J. Smith

Like doctors and lawyers, most of the best minds in police work have been trained since puberty to think in terms of patterns and precedents: Anything original tends to have the same kind of effect on their investigative machinery as a casually mutilated punch-card fed into a computer. The immediate result is chaos and false conclusions. Hunter S. Thompson