Secretly rooting for a killer


On my afternoon break as I sat in my car enjoying my Subway sandwich (6″ turkey on honey oat, mustard, no mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, yellow peppers, green peppers with a little salt and pepper), I listened to Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan and caught an interview with Michael C. Hall (of former Six Feet Under fame) who is on a new show on Showtime called Dexter.

I don’t get Showtime so I have never seen this show or even heard of it but I was intrigued by the premise and the conversation it initiated with callers. Apparently, Dexter is a forensics expert by day and a serial killer by night. But here’s the catch – he only kills people who deserve to die, the scum of society if you will, because that is what his step-father taught him was the right thing to do. The back story is that the step-father noticed as a child Dexter would abuse animals and he could see perhaps what path in life Dexter would potentially follow. So he taught him not to hurt the innocent.


Callers into the program raved about how much they enjoyed it, how they got a kick out of the creepy sociopath who doesn’t have a conscience but at the same time twisted his insanity into the good for humanity. Vigilante justice by a psychopath. There was only one caller who voiced his opposition and appall at the program by saying it taught people how to kill others and that we have no right as a society to say who lives or dies even if getting rid of a particular person would be a great benefit. I think that guy was taking it a bit too far but he did make a good point: how many of us would secretly root for a killer who was taking out “the bad guy”? Turn your head, look the other way and think, “Well, there’s no big loss.” I can think of a few dictators who could qualify for a spot…

Maybe the final word on this is “judge not that ye be not judged”…or maybe it’s “an eye for an eye”.



  1. baby221 · November 9, 2007

    What’s funny about that, to me, is that that’s basically the same premise for every comic book hero out there. Granted, they don’t generally kill the “scum of society,” but they do generally bring them to (street) justice, sometimes quite violently (Batman, for example).

  2. angelbrew · November 11, 2007

    Very true, very true. Batman happens to be a personal hero for my son and I don’t have a problem with him taking down “the bad guy”. 🙂

  3. baby221 · November 11, 2007

    Yeah, I was always a bigger fan of Batman than, say, Superman. Superman just seems too clean.

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