Heart half emptyI must confess that I’m somewhat irked I do not get to write and blog as much as I once did. However, I do think blogging, like other aspects of social media, do encourage too much sharing. I think this is folly for two reasons; first, I think it discourages writers from putting together a well thought out and convincing post (writing isn’t just itchy fingers), and second, I think the unbridled and prolific sharing of one’s thoughts, can lead to mental health issues. This latter point I’m basing on the idea that part of what makes us interesting is the depth of our personality. The more we share with EVERYONE, the shallower we become. There should be aspects of ourselves that we retain the privilege of sharing with those we care about.

It has been many months since I have written about serial killers. However, I still retain an interest as a hobby, and like to remain up to date with current theories and ideas behind this infamous behavior of a few individuals.

I recently picked up a copy of Peter Vronsky’s “Sons of Cain”. Vronsky is a PhD historian at the University of Toronto, and his field is criminal justice history. I must confess that I have only focused on psychological/neurological explanations of serial killers, and I was (embarrassingly) surprised to find such an amazing historical account. Vronsky presents a macro historical context for serial murder and rape, starting at the conflict between Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis.

I do worry that this presents serial murder as a kind of ‘unlocked’ behavior from deep within our primitive brain, as I am more inclined to see it as a disorder and aberrant development. However, the book is thoroughly entertaining and eye-opening, and a must for those also fascinated with the unbridled beast nature of humanity.