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Sympathy for the devil: why so many TV series want us to empathise with killers

Novels and television series like You take us inside the minds of murderers. But are we in danger of falling for their tricks?

By Megan Evershed  

Programmes like Dexter and You take us inside the mind of criminals. Photo: Prospect composite

Have you ever wanted to peer inside the mind of a killer—even if just for a little while?

Admittedly, this question is a tease. It’s impossible to take a dip into anybody’s psyche—including that of a murderer. To get even close to doing so, we have to turn to fiction.

Stories told from inside the mind of a murderer are fascinating because their desires and actions are, for the most part, alien to us. It’s…

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