Terrifying Evidence of Psychopathy as Portrayed in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood

In 1958, 18-year-old Lowell Lee Andrews murdered his entire family apparently without motive and without any signs of remorse in the aftermath of his crime. Yet this isn’t even the greatest indication of his psychopathy. For, as Truman Capote notes towards the end of In Cold Blood, Andrews also read “fifteen to twenty books a week” while awaiting his execution in a Kansas prison — which execution occurred a full four years later. Even a conservative estimate, then, indicates that Andrews read more than 3000 texts — this, despite the existence of no more than 100-200 tolerable ones in the entire known world. Indeed, one is forced to conclude that only an unfeeling monster would be capable of such an endeavor.


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