clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Why Crime?

At left a compass that isn't true.

In so many ways this answers the reason behind "why crime?"

I'm fascinated with the choices people make. I build models in part to understand the choies people might make. We call it the OODA loop: Observer Orient Decide Act. (Thanks to COL John Boyd)

Given a set of facts shaping their perception, people execute the OODA loop in some fashion. Short circuiting the OODA loop with a rash action is also an OODA loop result action.

What is it that makes crime an option out of someone's OODA loop?  Oh - the criminal mind...I don't much care for that. I understand having a low regard for one's fellow man.

I'm interested in those things that when chained together give the impetus to a person to do wrong. I love that chain.

So, why crime? I have a high tolerance for the dead, dying, maimed, injured. I'm fascinated when these things result from a logic chain that just went a little skew.

I'm fascinated by the broken compass. How long does it take to know the thing isn't pointing true?


I hope you are able to trust your compass when I'm through. I know you're trusting your pen.

Write on.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

People's actions are endlessly fascinating, aren't they? I love that stuff, too.

I think, for me, I also love the fact that we crime writers create a bit of mayhem on the page, then tidy it all up at the end. :) Somehow, this is very appealing to me...

Hart Johnson said...

I like that chain, too--the one that makes people do things they normally wouldn't. I've been watching Prison Break on Netflix and there are a lot of interesting cases of this. I think it's why I'm enjoying it so much.

jack welling said...

The "chain of bad" is just too good to turn away from ... maybe it was the Watergate hearings as a child. Something has put it in my psyche and I can't get enough.

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