To Catch a Serial Killer Epi 4: Madness in the air

To Catch a Serial Killer Epi 4: Madness in the air

At the height of the Norwood serial killer Kobus Geldenhuys' reign of terror in a Johannesburg suburb in the early 90s, there was a lot going on in the news.

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In episode 4 of 'To Catch a Serial Killer', author Janine Lazarus and Jacaranda FM news editor Marius van der Walt speak about 'madness in the air' with then political reporter and current Deputy Editor of The Citizen Brendan Seery. Seery mentored Lazarus over the time she was writing about Geldenhuys.

"The serial killer story was one that riveted people because it was different, but also because it was so horrifying," says Seery (pictured below).

Brenden Seery

If you're interested in true-life crime stories, in South Africa's historic context and in key and remarkable differences between journalism and what made headlines in the early 1990s versus 30 years later, then episode four is a must-listen.

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Meanwhile, what drives someone to commit the most fundamental taboo – murder? In episode three of 'To Catch a Serial Killer', Lazarus and Van der Walt speak to respected clinical psychologist Leonard Carr (pictured below) about the Norwood serial killer and about the mind of a psychopath.

Carr was the clinical psychologist Janine quotes at length in her new book, ‘BAIT to Catch a Killer’. He made his name doing expert commentary during the Oscar Pistorius trial.  Importantly, Carr was the person Janine turned to when her crime reporting became too much.

In this episode we will also explore questions such as:

• Is there such a thing as someone who is pure evil?
• How does a psychopath think?
• Why do so many women have a fascination for the true crime genre and with the dark side of things?
• What drove Janine to break so many rules as a journalist in the manhunt for Kobus Geldenhuys?

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Leonard Carr

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