The debut book from “Killing Eve” psychological consultant Dr Mark Freestone on infamous and complex psychopath cases has gone to Ebury Press.
Emma Smith, editorial director, acquired world all languages rights for Making a Psychopath: My Journey into 7 Dangerous Minds direct from the author, for publication in paperback original on 28th May 2020
Freestone, a leading expert on psychopaths, will examine the factors that make them, the complexities of their behaviour and what can be done to control them.
Its synopsis explains: “Danny ‘the Borderline’ switches from grandiosity to rage to despair within minutes and killed his defenceless friend without explanation. Tony ‘the Conman’ prefers charm, intimidation and sexual abuse over physical violence and once tried to dupe someone into buying the Eiffel Tower. Jason ‘the Liar’ had a fantasy life that led to vicious murders around Europe and preys on those who see the good in people. Case by fascinating case, get to know seven of the most dangerous minds that Dr Freestone has encountered over the last 15 years; these are up close accounts of some of Britain’s most psychopathic criminals, and what can happen if you fall victim to their supreme powers of manipulation.”
Smith said: “I was immediately transfixed by these cases and how Mark has captured them so vividly on the page. Like the very best crime writing, and reminiscent of ‘Mindhunter’, Mark ekes out the complex webs that lie beneath those who commit the most shocking acts, as well as showing the personal impact such encounters have and how it can push you to the edge. I’m so thrilled to be publishing such a smart, captivating and, ultimately, terrifying book.”
Freestone is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London. He has worked in prisons and forensic mental health services for more than 15 years as a researcher and clinician, including in High Secure Category A prisons. He is a consultant to “Killing Eve”, an editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology and currently an advisor to NHS England on services for men and women with a diagnosis of severe personality disorder.
He said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to share these stories and provide insight into some of the minds of men and women we call ‘psychopaths’. I want to convey both how broad this concept is and what a range of different minds, behaviours and perversions we crunch together when we diagnose someone in this way. I also wanted my readers to understand that psychopaths are not cartoon supervillains, and that often their offending comes from people turning a blind eye to behaviour that should be unacceptable to anyone; if we want to make psychopaths ‘better’ we also need to seek to improve ourselves.”