Pete McCabe wrote:A fascinating book is Popular Crime, written by Bill James, generally considered the father of Sabrmetrics (the study of baseball statistics). It's basically the history of every serious crime that ever dominated the news in America.
These stories, and the general cultural reaction to them, provide insights into human nature that are difficult or impossible to obtain any other way. These insights are not always positive nor comfortable, so they're not for everyone.
It's not surprising that magicians, and magic audiences, are interested in mysteries.
I am fascinated by human behavior (and back in school working on a psych degree) so this sounds like a very interesting book! These types of books sometimes give me an idea for a paper or data for a paper.
In one such paper in which I had to counsel someone (just a generic anyone,to show some knowledge of counseling skills). My imagination activated and I ended up counseling (on paper)the sibling of a notorious killer who thought that he may have some of the same tendencies of his notorious brother. Of course, I was brilliant in my counseling! :grin:
I won't mention who the killer was as it is someone much more current then JTR and he really has a sibling.