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Hannibal: Manhunter 1986

From A. Friend: As the last Grissom episode plays on

I’m watching the most recent two eps of CSI, the ones surrounding
Grissom’s departure. I hate CSI, but after watching the 1986 film
_Manhunter_ I became a big fan of William Petersen’s acting. These are
his departing eps, and I figured I’d watch them.

Of course, it has to go out on a bang. They’ve brought in an excellent
actor to play a serial killer — unfortunately, they haven’t given this
excellent actor much to work with. Honestly, the portrayal makes me
sick: not that the character is so revolting, but that he is portrayed
as a creepy figure of intellectual evil.

In other words, not at all like a real serial.

I wonder when Hollywood is going to wake up. The real horror about
serials isn’t that they’re creepy figures of intellectual evil; it’s
that ninety-nine percent of the time they appear as normal as you or me.
They also tend not to be evil geniuses; while they’re often more
intelligent than the norm, they don’t follow the genius prototype.

I’ve been disgusted — utterly disgusted — by Hollywood’s embrace of
the serial killer as the apotheosis of evil. If you’re going to take
the real extreme in human evil and turn it into a fictional portrayal of
the same, shouldn’t the fictional portrayal at least bear some
similarity to the real material?

Incidentally, if you want to see an excellent portrayal of a
super-intelligent serial killer, watch _Manhunter_. It’s the first film
appearance of Hannibal Lecter. Brian Cox plays him, not Anthony
Hopkins. Cox portrays him as a very normal, intelligent, charming guy,
up until he’s talking to someone he respects — at which point he drops
the veneer and becomes an intelligent, amoral sociopath who sees no
point in either hiding it or glorifying it. It’s a chilling portrayal,
all the moreso because I can believe it.

My reply:

I am watching too right now as I am about to manage a post on aspergers
and Gary McKinnon. I am there with you though on the “evil genius”
serial killer thing that Hollywood puts out.

Obviously you saw my little tidbits not too long before I quit the LJ
from my friends down in Quantico. Yeah, it’s all about the creepy evil
genius and not so much about the reality of sexual sadists and
sociopaths. I liken the Hollywood version to the utter lack of
credibility they have where hacking is concerned too.

Of course in the Lecter cycle (books) he was much more dimensional than
in the movies, but I must admit that I liked the way Hopkins played him.
As for the Manhunter, I can say that it sits in my DVD collection as a
part of the trinity. I was more creeped out by “Hannibal” than the
others though as Lecter just seemed completely unhinged. Of course I had
read all the books, so I read much more into things.

I can also one up you on the Peterson thing.. Check out “To Live And Die
In L.A.” He and Willem Defoe do a bang up job in that one. It’s all
about a counterfeiter and a cop chasing him… But I digress…

I have had an interest in the field of psychological “profiling” as the
FBI (John Douglas and the BSU which he founded) since the time that I
first read Silence just before the film hit. Though I have never taken
any official courses, I have had a long and abiding desire to read all I
could on the subject from the actual folks doing the work. It is truly
nothing like anything in Hollywood except for one exception.

In the beginning episode of Millennium, Frank Black makes a statement in
a conversation:

Frank: I see what the killer sees.
Bletcher: What, like a psychic?
Frank: No. I put myself in his head. I become the thing we fear the
Bletcher: How?
Frank: I become capability. I become the horror– what we know we can
become only in our heart of darkness. It’s my gift. It’s my curse.
That’s why I retired.

>From what I have gleaned from Douglas at least, this comes the closest
at times to what he did at least. You get into the mindset of the
killer. Look at why they do the things they do. Signatures that they are
laying out by wrote, even if they are doing so overtly they do so out of
compulsion. And that is what serial homicide is, compulsion by a
diseased mind. Which, as you might remember comes through in the
conversation of Wil and Lecter in Manhunter.

Will Graham: I know that I’m not smarter than you.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had disadvantages.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You’re insane.

Lastly, I think Hollywood finally did get one movie about a serial
killer right. That movie was “Monster” about Aileen Wournos. I think it
captured much of her history as it was cobbled together. She was more a
spree killer though, so, it’s not quite the same. In her case too, there
was a great deal of abuse that triggered the start of her MO. Partly a
way to take control of her life as well as a means to an end to survive.

All in all, I am there with you man.

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/01/16 at 02:45

Aspergers as a defense..

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Clock ticking for hacker McKinnon

By Simon Hancock
BBC News

Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon at the press conference in London today
42 year-old McKinnon at the press conference given by his legal team.

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon should know within four weeks whether his attempts to fight extradition to the US have any chance of success.

Mr McKinnon was joined by his supporters and advisers in London to repeat their call for a UK trial rather than extradition.

He admits hacking into US government computer systems in 2001 and 2002 in the search for information about UFOs, which he believed to have been suppressed by the US authorities.

The US treated his activities as cyber-terrorism. If he were to be extradited he faces a possible 70 years in a maximum security jail.

Inside the fires of hell are burning.
Gary McKinnon

His legal team has written to the Crown Prosecution Service to request he be tried in the UK instead. An answer is promised within four weeks.

Asperger’s Syndrome

Mr McKinnon has recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Sufferers often struggle to communicate with other people and can develop obsessive interests..

At a specially-called news conference, autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen said Mr McKinnon’s crime “should be treated as the activity of somebody with a disability rather than a criminal activity”.

It displayed the signs of Asperger’s Syndrome, such as an obsession with finding out the truth, he said.

“It can bring a sort of tunnel vision so that in their pursuit of the truth they are blind to the potential social consequences for them or for other people,” he said.

He also said for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, prison life would be intolerable and it could even deepen the condition.

Mr McKinnon’s girlfriend of four years, Lucy Clarke, told the BBC he had been depressed and “he would be suicidal” if extradited.

‘Typical bloke’

As the assembled lawyers and supporters – among them his MP David Burrowes – presented their arguments, Mr McKinnon calmly gazed into space, occasionally clarifying points he felt important.

“I’m doing that typical bloke thing and pretending it’s not happening,” he told the BBC afterwards.

“I’m on Beta blockers and very stressed. I’m cold and calm on the outside, but inside the fires of hell are burning,” he said.

On 20 January, his legal team had been due to present an oral case for permission to apply for a judicial review on his extradition, partly on the basis the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome had not yet been made at the time his extradition was granted.

With the news the Crown Prosecution Service is to deliver a decision over a UK trial within four weeks, his lawyers will now go to the court on Friday to ask that their oral hearing be delayed until that outcome is known.

Asperger’s as a defense in a criminal hacking crime. Gee, perhaps I shall have to try that one huh? Heh, overall this guy is in for more of an ass pounding by the government here because the military and NASA got pw3d by him using low hanging fruit attacks. THAT is what really stings for the gubment in reality.

Sure, he was looking for UFO shit and sure, he hacked the “gibson” (not) but he did get access to systems that should not have been so easily compromised. So, once again the gov and mil and NASA get their bits caught in the vice from their own incompetence and they are pissed. All in all, does it require a 70 year term in federal pound me in the ass prison? I think not.

Given the way that the government has overblown and handled these kinds of cases so poorly (ala Mitnick and others) this is par for the course with them. They get spanked and they turn it around and say “bad hacker! see kids, do this and you too could end up being someone’s bitch in prison for a LOOOONG time!” So, I can kind of get behind not allowing McKinnon to be extradited to the states.

Either way, I don’t see this defense being successful in this case or any other.. Well maybe that kid who hacked Palin’s email account could slide on this one. After all they didn’t have a real hard case against him as he just viewed email. I think it is more possible that he could just stay in the UK if he hacked something else there and went to the local prison.

It’s all going to be interesting to see devolve…

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/01/16 at 02:36

Posted in Hacking