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Why do we love to watch psychopaths?

Why do we love to watch psychopaths?

With the success of HBO’s "The Jinx" and Robert Durst's impending extradition to Los Angeles for trial on a murder charge, I've found myself incessantly wondering: Why are audiences (myself included) so powerfully drawn to -- and entertained by -- stories about apparent psychopaths?

I posed this question to prominent writers, producers, entertainers, clinicians and academics who've had experience with the subject, and their responses were varied and fascinating. I've compiled the best of those responses, and ultimately formulated a hypothesis of my own.

Martha De Laurentiis, executive producer, "Hannibal":

"The most...

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