Writing in Vanity Fair in 1925, Aldous Huxley mused on our collective obsession with high-profile killers:

“We are interested in [murderers] for precisely the same reasons as those for which we are interested in great actors, virtuosos and all exceptionally gifted or fortunate beings—because they actualize and carry to perfection in a startling and dramatic way certain tendencies which we feel to be latent in ourselves.”