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You're not allowed to sit with him face to face,' briefed Stuart Cabb, who runs the TV production company that makes my crime documentaries. 'Why not?' I asked, mindful of the fact that I have previously sat face to face with numerous horrific serial killers and murderesses.
'He's too dangerous,' came the reply.
Wow - Extremity - Violence - Interviewees - Statement
Wow. Given the extremity of violence committed by some of my interviewees, this was an extraordinary statement.
'So how will I speak to him?'
Secure - Room - Glass - Guards
'He'll be in a secure room, behind heavily reinforced glass and monitored by armed guards.'
'No direct contact at all?'
'None - Prison - Safety
'None. The prison has been unwavering about this. It's for your safety.'
What kind of person, I pondered, could be deemed such a threat to my life that I wouldn't even be permitted to occupy the same airspace?
Answer - Paris - Bennett - Abilene - Town
The answer was Paris Bennett, from Abilene, a town in rural Texas. Bennett has an IQ of 141, which qualifies him as a genius. Less than a quarter of one per cent of the world's population has that level of intelligence.
He is also a psychopath. I don't mean someone with psychopathic tendencies, I mean someone who has been formally diagnosed as a psychopath by medical experts.
Psychopaths - Mental - Disorder - Number - Personality
True psychopaths have a chronic mental disorder that manifests itself in a number of personality traits including amoral or antisocial behaviour, extreme egocentricity, a lack of ability to love or establish meaningful relationships, and no sense of guilt, shame or embarrassment.
They are invariably callous, with a complete disregard for the feelings of others, and often use charm and habitual lying to manipulate or coerce others into doing their bidding.
Psychopaths - Paris - Bennett - Box
Psychopaths can also be quite terrifyingly violent. Paris Bennett ticks every box.
Twelve years ago, when he was 13, Paris decided he wanted to punish his mother Charity for various irritations he perceived her to have caused him. His first thought...
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