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A Mind for Murder


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Please note that this event has been postponed.

What makes somebody a killer – and why are we so fascinated by murder? Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant has been grappling with both questions throughout his working life.

In Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder, Grant brings his experience to bear on the psychological, criminal, cultural and existential phenomenon of murder. Does our interest signal anxiety about our own ability to kill … or to be killed? And does this interest – voyeuristic or sordid as it may sometimes seem – actually perform an important function?

Grant – who was Queensland’s first State Director of Forensic Psychiatry, and sat on the bench of the state’s Mental Health Court for five years – has some thoughts on that. Hear them as he joins Aimee Knight for a conversation about the murderous mind, and our cultural obsession with untimely deaths.

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Donald Grant

Leading forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant was the first State Director of Forensic Psychiatry in Queensland, and sat on the bench of the state’s unique Mental Health Court for five years. His life’s work has been understanding the murderous mind.

Aimee Knight

Aimee is a writer and critic from Kaurna yerta / Adelaide. She’s the small screens editor at the Big Issue and pop culture columnist at the Lifted Brow. Her work appears in the Guardian, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and more. She’s writing a book about Jim Henson’s cultural ... Read more


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