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Related glossary of terms:
Anthropodicy – An attempt, or argument attempting, to justify the existence of humanity as good. True crime interrogates this attempt, and arguably, crime itself challenges the notion that humanity is good or even humane. If we can learn from crime, and criminals on the other hand, then maybe humanity can emerge better, and justified in some meaningful fashion.
Theodicy– A defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil, or the position that man is inherently evil or doomed and in need of saving and a savior [i.e. that man is fallen and cannot save himself].
Reductionism – the practice of analysing and describing a complex phenomenon in terms of its simple or fundamental constituents, especially when this is said to provide a sufficient explanation.
Emergentism – A property of a system is said to be emergent if it is more than the sum of the properties of the system’s parts.
Bermuda Timeline Triangle – A serious timeline inconsistency at a critical juncture in the timeline.
Psychological Preparation – The sequence of events that play out prior to a crime that either key into or lead to premeditation.
Interiority – The complex inner world of a person, the secret side to a person. Interiority in the case of a criminal is especially difficult to access.
Criminal Intertextuality – the tendency of criminals to be influenced by other crimes during premeditation.
Cultural Transactionality – the Win/Lose gearing of a society, where one sector benefits at the expense of another, and this transaction isn’t random or accidental, but premeditated and inevitable.
Postmeditation – The planning and thinking that goes into the immediate aftermath of a crime. Premeditation, the crime scene and the post meditation all correspond in some way to one another [there is psychological congruency].
Yoking – The degree of burden exerted on a relationship. A test of the inequality in the relationship, often between a perpetrator and the victim.
Lock-In – Similar to yoking, but refers to the factors preventing an exit from a particular dynamic.
Mary Sue – An idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character. Often, this character is recognized as an author insert or wish fulfillment. They can usually perform better at tasks than should be possible given the amount of training or experience. In the true crime context a Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character created by the criminal suspect while on trial, or defending themselves to the media.
Pollyanna– An excessively cheerful or optimistic person.
Cassandra– [Greek Mythology] A prophet cursed by Apollo so that her prophecies, though true, were fated never to be believed. A person who prophesies doom or disaster. [Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is a modern example].
Duping Delight – The pleasure of being able to manipulate someone, often made visible to others by flashing a smile at an inappropriate moment
Gaslight –Manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity
Narcissism – The selfish pursuit of gratification often because of vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes.
Sociopathy – Anti-social behavior, sometimes criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
Mythos – a set of beliefs or assumptions about something
Schema – a representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model
Spiel – a long or fast speech or story, typically one intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse but regarded with skepticism or contempt by those who hear it
Chutzpah – personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others
Raison ‘d etre – the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence.
Causa sui – denotes something which is generated within itself
Weltanschauung – a particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group.
Schadenfreude – pleasure derive by someone from another person’s misfortune
Gestalt – something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts
Logos – a statement, sentence or argument used to convince or persuade the targeted audience by employing reason or logic
The Ether – the air, the sky. ahypotheticalsubstancesupposedto occupyallspace,postulatedtoaccountforthe propagationofelectromagneticradiationthrough space.
“Book 4 in the K9 series is a must read for those who enjoy well researched and detailed crime narratives. The author does a remarkable job of bringing to life the cold dark horror that is Chris Watts throughout the narrative but especially on the morning in the aftermath of the murders. Chris’s actions are connected by Nick van der Leek’s eloquent use of a timeline to reveal a motive.”