A case study of a sociopath: the documentary Deliver us from Evil
This blog usually confines itself to the topic of domestic abuse, not other kinds of abuse like childhood sexual abuse. But we do discuss the mentality and tactics of sociopaths, because a domestic abuser is a type of sociopath.
If you are feeling brave (and maybe have a good friend to sit beside you while you view it) the documentary Deliver Us From Evil is an excellent case study of a sociopath. It’s about a notorious priest from the roman catholic church who sexually abused multitudes of children in California over decades. The guy gives airbrushed ‘accounts’ of what he did to some of these kids and what he did to groom their parents. And he tells how, when the kids were grown up he wrote, a letter of ‘apology’ to them asking them to come and meet him, individually mind you, not in a group, so they would finally be able to ‘put it behind them’. Need I say, it was creepy, disgusting, and chilling to watch this guy.
As you watch him, note the qualifiers he uses when describing his acts: “maybe… possibly… I might have…. perhaps…. I began to feel a little affectionate” (when the right words would be predatory and lascivious). And watch for a tell tale wink he gives. Eeeuughhh.
After watching it, you will probably need someone to debrief with. But as an exercise in strengthening your discernment and resilience against the deceptive nice-guy tactics of sociopaths, here is one writ large.