I was watching CSI the other week. There were two things that I loved watching. Justin Bieber getting shot up by cops, and Dr. Langston getting face time with serial killer Nate Haskell. Haskell, a very dark and remorseless animal who stabbed Dr. Langston in his cell in last season’s season finale. Haskell tried to represent himself in court in order to guilt the jury into believing that he has a genetic disorder that makes him a murderer. I found the whole argument to his case hilarious. What got me was that as Haskell was explaining himself to the court, his naked evil out on display, he has a fan club of attractive women in the court. I can’t believe it. What do these women see in him, that everyone else doesn’t? Don’t they know that he’s a rapist? That he enjoys sadistic games. That his victims suffered for hours, even days before they died? And in the end, one of his girlfriends busted him out of jail and Haskell’s out in the world again. Poor Dr. Langston.
Here is the plain truth. Women aren’t as repulsed by blood and violence as you would think. A large demographic of horror movies are attended by women. In many men’s magazines, particularly Playboy and Penthouse, when models are interviewed as to what their favorite shows are, a lot of them have said Dexter. And on animated films, many females, young and old can state off of the top of their heads, that their favorite film is no other than Beauty and the Beast. The movie, based on the book is about a young girl held captive by a monster. Over time the woman falls for him. In the end, this love between these polar opposites shatters a curse that would turn the monster into a prince and we all live, happily, ever, after.
That my friend is the core reason why many women are enthralled and attracted to the unhinged, the deranged, the wolf, and the cold-blooded monsters on screen and off: its simple curiosity. Most men who have normal, stable upbringings, and no felonies are a dime a dozen. Not really anything underneath the surface. But guys like Dexter, The Night Stalker, hell Hannibal Lecter, talk about complex. A man’s life is just a straight line, but the mind of a killer, it’s a maze. I look at guys like these on the news and on film, I don’t want to know any of them. But a woman will look of them differently. Yes they see the crimes of what these men have done, but they also see something else.
Honestly I can’t explain a woman’s attraction to the unstable. No man can.
But let’s end this with a homework assignment. See Silence of the Lambs. Your focus shouldn’t be on Lecter nor Buffalo Bill. Observe Special Agent Clarice Starling and why she keeps coming back to see the imprisoned animal.
- The Zodiac Killers – Famous Serial Killers (socyberty.com)
- ‘Dexter’ Season 6 Promo: ‘Thank God’ for Dexter? He’s a Serial Killer on A Spiritual Search (buddytv.com)
- Ted Danson to replace Laurence Fishburne on CSI (sugarslam.com)
- Real Serial Killer Gets Reality Show (weeklyworldnews.com)