Written in blood? Meet the shrink who says psychopaths can be ...


Written in blood? Meet the shrink who says psychopaths can be ‘cured’

The man behind ‘Killing Eve’ has met the worst of them – but says even the most bloodthirsty can be reformed

Luke Mintz

On the first day of his new job, psychiatrist Dr Mark Freestone received an unnerving lesson in just how easy it is to be manipulated by a criminal psychopath.

He was taking part in a government scheme, in which he visited Britain’s most notorious psychiatric hospitals in a bid to understand the minds of their most dangerous inmates. Two months of training had taught him how to incapacitate an attacker without leaving a bruise, and instilled in him a fear of letting a psychopath trick him into causing a security breach - a blunder that could well end his career.

That worry was top of Freestone’s mind as he walked on to the secure admissions ward at one hospital and saw a fellow psychiatrist in a well-fitting charcoal suit, reading a newspaper. Feeling shy, Freestone approached him and noticed he wasn’t wearing any National Health Service identification...

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