In this second episode Stephen J. Giannangelo, tells an unusual story about how he made contact with a convicted serial killer who is serving life in prison. After several rebuffs, Stephen finally is able to exchange letters with this man. The letter exchange led to a series of face to face interviews. Stephen notes that this man, unlike others like Berdella, was not trying to brag about how superior he was but rather seemed to honestly want to figure out why he had this irresistible urge to kill.
Stephen discuss Berdella’s torture logs. He explains why Berdella might want to document the torture and eventual murder of 7 young men. He believes Berdella may have kept these logs to go back and enjoy his crimes over and over. He also thinks the logs had a double use, these logs were used to remind Berdella how he was able to control and dominate his victims. Stephen said he had never heard of a serial killer keeping a written log on exactly how he tortured and eventually killed his victims.
Stephen had published two books on his field of study, the most recent is Real Life Monsters: A Psychological Examination of the Serial Murder. His first book, published in 1996, was The Psychopathology of Serial Murder: A Theory of Violence.
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