Why do people kill other people? Circumstantially, they have countless reasons, as the Menendez brothers had theirs. But as the Pulitzer-winning writer Richard Rhodes argues in his book “Why They Kill,” the popular notion that any regular person is capable of killing under the right circumstances is likely false — it takes a lot to turn someone into a killer. Even seemingly obvious exceptions dissolve under scrutiny.
For 27 years, the “Law & Order” brand was engineered to have it both ways in the life-vs.-art equation. Its subjects were often “ripped from the headlines,” faithfully or otherwise, lending it the poignancy of true crime. But it wasn’t true crime, so its faithfulness never actually mattered. A sensational case could be made even wilder with an added twist or two. That child wasn’t murdered, it had measles.
As I write, this week’s episode of “The Menendez Murders” has come to an end, the 11 o’clock local news has just begun, and the coverage is dominated by the terrorist attack in downtown Manhattan. And as my colleagues and their subjects try to sift the facts of what happened from hearsay, their conversations return inevitably to motive — Why did this person do this? — and, sometimes, despondence — How can any person do this? And yet, over and over, people do.
Interesting breakdown of the ideas under consideration by the jury in the #MenendezTrial by a woman who sat on the first jury. Murder or manslaughter? It probably depended on whether you believed their stories about parental abuse. https://t.co/cAuLo9G9Uu
@MenendezRand I'll take it as high praise because it comes from you, Robert. Congratulations on the work you contributed to the series and on your coming book, and thank you for all your behind-the-scenes insight.
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Selecting a term
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