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Stephen King famously called Jim Thompson’s Sheriff Lou Ford ‘the Great American Sociopath.’ derrickthebarbaric/DeviantArt

Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times

The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
Ted Bundy, a day before his execution in January 1989. AP Photo/Mark Foley

How to distinguish a psychopath from a ‘shy-chopath

Psychologists are debating whether the presence of one trait – boldness – is the key to determining if someone is a psychopath, or just a garden-variety criminal.
Television serial killer Dexter may be more of a psychopath than a sociopath due to his methodically delivered kills. Pimkie/Flickr

Psychopaths versus sociopaths: what is the difference?

Psychopaths and sociopaths have similar characteristics, lacking remorse or empathy for others. And they can both be violent, deceitful and manipulative. But what are the differences between the two?

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