Lewis’ pioneering work included figuring out dissociative persona issues (or a number of personalities) in a few of her topics, in addition to how childhood trauma and mind irregularities issue into the longstanding query as to why sure folks kill. Her videotaped interactions with Shawcross revealed what seem like alternate personalities, together with a vengeful mom persona that may’t assist however evoke creepy echoes of “Psycho.”
Those explanations, notably, met fierce resistance each in courtrooms — the place prosecutors sought to belittle and dismiss her testimony — and sure media circles, with video of then-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly teeing off on Lewis for daring to reject his assertion that killers are “evil.”
“Evil is a religious concept, it’s not a scientific concept,” Lewis tells him.
Lewis acknowledges that within the early days, “I got ridiculed a lot” as she ventured into the general public sq., some extent underscored by clips of the vigorous cross-examination she confronted throughout trial appearances as an professional witness.
That’s primarily as a result of her analysis complicates problems with crime and punishment, chopping to the center of not solely why folks commit heinous crimes however questioning how a lot duty they need to bear for them and the imposition of the dying penalty. In her view, “Murderers are made, not born.”
As colleagues notice, Lewis paid a value for being on the forefront of theories that pressured the justice system to think about extra advanced explanations of conduct that seems, on its face, insane. While the documentary won’t persuade those that desire a black-and-white image of crime and justice, for anyone with an open thoughts, it’s going to undoubtedly make you suppose.
“Crazy, Not Insane” premieres Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. on HBO, which, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.