|fairy tale slasher|
May 15, 2018
I was watching some prison show about a notorious prison in Indiana housing some of America's worst criminals. Of course, there were interviews/segments about this criminal, that group, the ex-marine, hard-ass warden. One of the social workers reminded me of Cameron Britton the guy who plays Ed Kemper in "Mind Hunters" a story of how the FBI got involved in profiling and catching serial killers.
Britton's performance as Kemper is boggling and creepy enough to make the viewer believe he's not acting. But this post isn't specifically about "Mind Hunters" or Britton.
Anyway, watching program, my mind goes to serial killers in general, the specific programs and movies I have seen, some fictional and some so incredibly real. But, in my thinking of these fictions like "Dexter" I wondered if there's a connection between cautionary tales and real-life human behavior. Mostly, I was concerned with the "bad guy" because almost always, there's some bad guy...even if it's a wolf. Take, for example, the argument of the wolf in the cautionary tale "The Three Little Pigs" could be construed as a serial killer. He gets two but the third gets away depending on the version and whatnot.
So, another area of exploration is we know cautionary tales were made to obviously warn children...people of these bad people or circumstances or are they embellished tales of the darkest sides of human behavior: rape, murder, dismemberment and such? Please dismiss the cartoon charm of Disney tales and focus on the appropriately penned Grimm Brothers texts.
There seems to be some correlation between the two which is a fascinating topic to be sure. Left to my own devices, these are the things I wonder.