“I think so.” So says Dr. Park Deitz, one of America’s foremost forensic psychiatrists. Dietz has evaluated Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children; Jeffrey Dahmer; the Unabomber; and would-be presidential assasin John Hinckley. More:
“I think people are born with the inherent ability to be cruel and harmful and destructive and selfish and acquisitive. It’s the function of many of the institutions of society to train us out of that.”
Dietz believes that we are no more than jungle animals with big brains, who could lapse back into our ancestors’ atavistic, savage behavior at any moment, not unlike the “trained” tiger that turned without notice on Roy Horn.