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Brady at his arrest in 1965

It's hard to think of Ian Brady as an author. Half of the duo responsible for the notorious Moors Murders, a series of child slayings in 1960s Britain, Brady made his name as a killer. And the dust jacket of his book, The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and its Analysis (Feral House; 305 pages) publicizes him as a murderer, not a writer.

The Gates of Janus is presented in two parts. The first contains Brady's take on man's disposition as it relates to crime. To Brady's way of thinking, a killer may lurk within us all: therefore,...

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