What do you find more interesting, trying to figure out who done it or why they did it? As far as police techniques, it seems that that wouldn't vary too much from story to story. But wouldn't it be more interesting to delve into the mind of a serial killer?
Now this is true. Sometimes society's morals are under scrutiny and investigation as much as the criminal's might be. How do we produce such monsters? Are we capable of becoming them?
Hmm. I associate the love of violence with a lack of education. See my comment above.
I should add that I don't buy the argument that society is to blame for the deeds of the criminal. Rather society may be to blame for the suffering of the victims.
There will always be thieves.
Are you saying that society is to blame for the unabomber? Don't know who Dr. Death and Garcia are. The Boston marathon bombers decided to do what they did on their own and because they admired the most orthodox form of the Muslim faith. These people felt that innocent people should die for their convictions to make a point. In the case of the terrorists, it's clearly religion that is to blame. Religion through the centuries has served as the prime teaching tool to get people to overcome their aversion to killing the innocent (God being more important than a person). None of this has anything to do with society. It has a lot to do with weak individuals buying into some depraved message. I suppose I should have added that people need a humanistic education to value human life. Technical or religious training do not substitute for that. (Another indictment of the American educational system).
I stand firm in my view that such behavior is uncivilized fundamentalist radicalism, which may extend to other groups, such a ecologists for example. (And from personal observations, the La Leche League).
Well, I wasn't altogether precise in my post. I still believe that murder is a personal choice and the blame should fall on the individual. Society (that is the institutions we have) needs to protect people against dangerous individuals.
But society has been blamed for crime. Perhaps we could stipulate that in a culture of permissiveness, criminal acts are more common, and the more common they are, the more we come to accept them as accidents or acts of God, and the less likely we are to prevent them. (This is going to get me into gun control, and I'd better stop.)