We are unhealthily fascinated by serial killers. We recklessly feed the monstrous egos and self-absorption of murderers by reporting, interviewing, dramatising and pretending to analyse them. These are not fascinating or brilliant people. Their only outstanding characteristic is an intense selfishness, sexual or sadistic.

Libby Purves damns the “shameful circus of publicity” orchestrated by Channel 4 over its documentary on Ian Brady, the Moors murderer

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