Science: Freudian on Murder

Nobody loves a murderer — but almost everybody loves a good murder story. To find out why people are so interested in murder, Psychoanalyst Theodor Reik, a fan himself, probed the subconscious of detectives, criminologists, judges, juries. His report, published this week (The Unknown Murderer; Prentice-Hall; $3), indicates that the line between murderers and the rest of the population is narrower than most people like to think.

Hanged for a Thought. Viennese Dr. Reik, whom Freud considered one of his most brilliant pupils (he is now a practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan), in general agrees with Goethe, who confessed: "There is no crime...

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