Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Lee Harvey Oswald's Mother

Everyone else thinks this is a stupid idea, but they can just suck rope, can't they. So here it is. I want to see more international bestselling fiction about serial killer's parents. It's an effing brilliant concept and I'm inspired to elaborate. And so I's the thing. Mass quantities of people get obsessed with reading the paper backed lives of the big names in serial killing, and have for decades. Call it morbid interest, call it nothing else to read on the plane, the fact remains...they have always been a popular genre. I think it's people's innate need to understand one another. They try and get into the murderer's head to see what makes them tick. The evidence for this lies in the popularity of crap shows like Law and Order and CSI, as well as the various spin/knockoffs.

But you can't get inside these people's heads. They're off their nut. That's why they kill and eat people or stuff their pieces in jars...they're crazy. You can't understand that, no matter how much you read about their obsession with JD Salinger novels and bad grades in elementary school. What IS interesting to me are their parents. What the hell is their deal? Is the fault with them? What must if feel like to be the mother of Ted Bundy? And what's her story anyway? Did she like JD Salinger?

The interesting thing to me is that the parents are considered relatively normal in comparison to their twisted offspring. So how did the twisted offspring get so twisted? Could the parents have stopped them? I don't know, I think it's an enigmatic topic.

I got the idea from listening to a This American Life episode where Lee Harvey Oswald's mother is being interviewed. She keeps going on and on about what a good boy Lee was. Nevermind this assisination business, her kid was a good boy. I find that fascinating. And anyone who doesn't is stupid.

So now someone needs to start writing this stuff. It won't be me. I can't be bothered with the research aspect of it. I can't even muster the gusto to do this blog once a week.

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Laura said...

You need to write this book. Consider this blog entry its introduction.

Anonymous said...

Right. Now you know WHY I comment to your posts anonymously.

Anonymous said...

You should read LIBRA by Don DeLillo. The mother is the most fascinating character of all.