Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer


The rise of hate politics may be to blame for many of the lone wolf attacks in America and abroad, a topic explored in THE MYSTERY OF THE LONE WOLF KILLER by Unni Turrettini. Roughly two-thirds of attacks are now described as “lone wolf,” and this is unfortunate for a number of reasons. Solo killers can easily hide, are difficult if not impossible to track or predict (as shown in the book “The Black Swan”), and their motives are legion (not just ISIS.) Given that fame is our culture’s #1 goal (with the viral rise of the Selfie), what faster way to instant fame than by killing people, knowing that the media will be all over it? If someone is dying of cancer, or depressed and angry, plus they are a sociopath (one in 25 are, read “The Sociopath Next Door”), suicide by cop may be appealing, radicalized or not. Psychologists often say that when suicides are publicized, the suicide rate goes up. Same is true of terrorist copycats. The more hype you see, the more of the same you will get. Network news is in competition for eyeballs, and must give us more of what we want, whether that be viral cat videos or explosions, in order to sell more junk food and the prescription drugs needed to treat eating junk food. (Watch any half hour news show, and you will see sensational news first, followed by drug ads with shorter segments to commercial break, “When we come back,” ending with an upbeat feel good piece to preserve viewership.) Every time, every network. Same stories, too. You have to read or listen to books to find out the WHY. “The Spiral Notebook” is another I recommend, along with my own political bomber novel “Postmarked for Death,” which gets into the twisted mind of a terrorist (and was endorsed by Clive Cussler as “mystery at its best.”)  Now for the publisher’s notes on Unni’s audiobook: July 22, 2011 was the darkest day in Norway’s history since Nazi Germany’s invasion. It was one hundred eighty-nine minutes of terror—from the moment the bomb exploded outside a government building until Anders Behring Breivik was apprehended by the police at Utoya Island. Breivik murdered seventy-seven people, most of them teenagers and young adults, and wounded hundreds more. Breivik is a ‘lone wolf killer,’ often overlooked until they commit their crime. Breivik is also unique as he is the only ‘lone wolf’ killer in recent history to still be alive and in captivity. Unparalleled research and a unique international perspective. The Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer examines the massacre itself and why this lone-killer phenomenon is increasing worldwide. Based on true events. Unni Turrettini was born in northern Norway and grew up in Drammen, a city near Oslo, approximately twenty minutes from where Breivik was raised. As a foreign exchange student, she graduated from high school in Kansas City, Kansas, and she has law degrees from Norway, France, and the United States. She currently lives with her family in Geneva, Switzerland, and is at work on a second book, a behind-the-scenes examination of the Nobel Peace Prize. Narrator Pete Cross holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Stage experience includes Alexander in Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, at Carnegie Hall. He has also acted in film, and served on faculty at Cal Arts and with Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood. Pete has coached for film and theatrical productions, and continues to work with private clients all over the world.

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