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Monday, February 18, 2002

Insanely Evil- The Andrea Yates trial is back in the news, as is the idea of an insanity defense. There is a prevalent school of thought that people would have to be crazy in order to kill their own kids, drive a plane into a skyscraper, etc. Most killers have some treatable psychosis, but that does not in itself explain their actions. No, there is a capacity for evil inherent in all of us that civilizing forces keep in check. When those countering forces are softened, nasty things can happen. People don't want to look evil in the eye, preferring insanity as a rationale. More on this later, I have bad debt reports to crank out.

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