Gone Mental: Why Do So Many Crime Series Heroes Have a Twisted Psyche?

Our TV critic charts the path of the unstable criminal mind from Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex' to CBS' 'The Mentalist.'

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Following prolonged exposure to many seasons of “to-be-continued” (or not) TV crime procedurals, one may feel enmeshed in a mishmash of detectives and criminals (aka “cops and robbers”) who all look and act...