So, studies like this are always interesting. Graveyard Shift (aka Ranker) recently posted an article where two doctors released a paper in the Journal of Forensic Sciences comparing some of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths with real world profiles to see to see how they stack up. From the post:
“You no doubt have your favorites, and might even have a perfectly folded list in your pocket right now. If you do, today’s your day to augment it with this list containing movie serial killers, diagnosed for your pleasure. Because the truth is, most movie psychopaths are exaggerated, overblown, or just plain fictional.
But not all.
Two enterprising doctors, Samuel Leistedt and Paul Linkowski, decided to study 400 films made between 1915 and 2010 and pulled 126 realistic characters that exhibited some form of psychopathy. Which, by the way, is a fantastic job – who wouldn’t want to figure out who the most realistic killers in movies are?”
The full article can be viewed on Ranker’s site here