This is a great article from Dr. Katherine Ramsland that previously posted on The Writer’s Forensic Blog (with D.P. Lyle, M.D.) 9/1/2016. I thought it was an interesting post to reblog. You can check it out below.
It seems that after many disturbing crimes, the family, friends, or neighbors, in shock at what happened, often say: “But he seemed so nice. So normal. We had no idea.”
Happens all the time.
My friend Katherine Ramsland addresses this in an excellent new blog post in Shadow Boxing on the Psychology Today site.
What if Jack the Ripper Lived with You? by Dr, Katherine Ramsland
An early Ripper tale depicts the role of denial in reframing the obvious.
I’ve long known about an early fictional story based on the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper, but only recently read it. The Lodger, by Marie Belloc Lowndes, was published as a short story in January 1911 in McClure’s magazine. Later, she lengthened it into a novella that focused on the female landlady. Alfred Hitchcock changed it somewhat to turn it into a film.
Reportedly, Lowndes was inspired by an…
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