May 2, 2011

Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson

Ever heard of a high functioning psychopath?  Neither had I until I read this book.  Jon Ronson journalist and author of Them and The Men Who Stare At Goats is asked to investigate a strange hoax but Ronson doesn’t stop there, he begins to investigate madness.  Could it be faked?  And if you can fake madness does that make you a psychopath.  Ronson’s trip down the rabbit hole includes visits to Broadmoor prison, Gothenburg, Sweden. Shubuta, Mississippi, a dead town.  Ocala, Florida, the home of the man that killed it, Wales and East Grinstead and the murky world of TV reality shows, where there’s crazy and there’s the right kind of crazy.

Ronson’s weapon in his quest to root out psychopaths?  The Hare PCL-R Checklist – p97 of the book. 

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