Dr Alan Keightley recounting his encounters with serial killer Ian Brady. It’s always interesting to me that people are allowed to describe other’s views as “perverted” when it suits the power that be:
‘Why children?’ I demanded to know. He answered immediately, not batting an eyelid: ‘Existential exercises.’
Brady was an evil, sadistic psychopath who considered himself an existentialist, in that he believed it was entirely up to him as an individual to live in whatever manner he chose. He was also a nihilist who thought that life was meaningless, the universe had no purpose, and religion was a delusion.
Five young people died in horrible circumstances in and around Manchester between July 1963 and October 1965, their parents were put through unspeakable anguish, and all, it seemed, because of this man’s perverted philosophical view of the world.