Wednesday, November 2, 2011


In the eighth chapter of Jon Ronson's, The Psychopath Test, the main idea is conspiracy theories and the story of David Shayler. It starts with the story of Rachel North and her being in the carriage during the 7/7 attacks. When Rachel finally got tired of people thinking she didn't exist, she met face to face with the conspirators. Here is where she recognizes David Shayler. David Shayler was a spy for secret intelligence until he felt secret assassinations were wrong and told everything to a journalist. Five years later, Shayler was a 9/11 conspirator, a 7/7 conspirator, and later on thought he was Messiah. The media was fascinated with the conspiracy theories of David Shayler, but not so much with the idea of himself thinking he was some sort of God. This all goes back to the idea of  "the right sort of madness." As David Shayler said, "A lot of people are scared they are going mad these days." People feel comforted by seeing other people with similar "madness" but just a bit crazier, so we feel better about ourselves in that we aren't that crazy. David Shayler got too crazy, where it just frightened people.

Both of the chapters, The Madness of David Shayler and Aiming a Bit High, don't focus on taking so much about psychopaths. I don't quite see how Shayler was considered a psychopath at all, or if Ronson even said he was? They also never prove that Colin Stagg is a psychopath either. It really seems that Bob and Jon and psychopath detectors are all conspirators in a way. I thought that the whole store of Lizze James was the most fucked up thing I have ever heard and I cannot believe that stuff like that actually happens in the world. Like, what?!?!?! Seriously, who would agree to be a part of something like that where she throws herself at some creep. I would never be able to live with myself or sleep at night. The fact that the police woman who played the role of Lizze James, got paid off for compensation of trauma and stress is messed up. She agreed to it, no amount of money can change that. She should feel like an awful and disgusting person. Although Britton was a very good criminal profiler, no person or group of people should trust the instinct of one person completely. It just flusters me that these police and investigators just kept pursing this one man, and not looking for any other clues that were not necessarily in the criminal profile description.

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