Re: RARA-AVIS: The Talented Mr. Ripley

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 06 Apr 2007

I don't see how someone who is a murderer is automatically insane. Prisons are full of entirely sane people. They may be maladjusted, but that doesn't equate to crazy by a long shot. Violence is a normal, if not socially acceptable, response to certain situations, and just because someone behaves in a way that is non-normative does not make them crazy. And people who habitually kill people, like Ripley, or Bulger or Siegel, aren't crazy. They're evil. There's a difference.

On 4/6/07, Patrick King <> wrote:
> Miker, you don't have to be drooling and raving to be
> insane! Because Ripley has a unique talent for masking
> his mental problems, does not dismiss them. I have
> read all the Ripley books, but even in the first one,
> Ripley's complete lack of conscience and empathy, his
> ability to lie bold faced to people who have been
> extremely kind and helpful to him, his homocidal
> rages, give every indication of his mental state. Do
> you think Bugsy Seigal or Whitey Bulger are sane just
> because they were clever at playing politics? If you
> do murder to solve your problems, you are not sane
> whether you're in a mob or an individual. All mobs are
> is group psychosis. That's why they're so dangerous.
> Even if you live a perfectly ordinary life but fund it
> by anti-social behavior, especailly murder for hire,
> is full evidence of decreased mental facility.
> Patrick King
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