"A continued assessment would be necessary for Dr. Hannibal Lecter, because adults who present with psychopathic traits have a tendency to engage in severe and violent patterns of antisocial behavior that have been shown to be quite resistant to treatment."

Well-researched and terrifying, this book challenges readers to take an in-depth look at two of society's most infamous serial murderers, the historical Jack the Ripper and the fictional Hannibal Lecter. In careful analyses, readers discover clinical insights into these two characters that give them a deeper knowledge about the medical and scientific research behind Ripper's and Lecter's madness. Specifically, regarding Lecter's character, they learn that "he is one who is a murderer, but the correct term is not psychopath, but rather that of antisocial personality disorder." They also discover that "Jack the Ripper was a serial killer, a late terrorist, the father of contemporary sex crimes." Readers also gain insight into the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper's true identity and the inspiration for Lecter's sadistic character. More significantly, via careful and well-articulated presentation, they learn the intricate nature of actual DSM-5 diagnoses.

Psychologically thrilling and bone-chilling, this book takes readers on not only a historical studies journey but also a film studies one. It reminds them that fact is often more baffling than fiction and that some of the greatest fiction comes from an author's or screenwriter's thorough research. This book is a well-cited guide for anyone interested in the psychology and behavioral science associated with serial killers. For fans of historical murder mystery and horror, the work provides an interesting take on Ripper's personality and potential diagnosis. The book's timespan, focusing on a historical figure and a more contemporary character, will also intrigue readers, making the book a unique companion to Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series.

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