Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Men and Supermen: The Nietzsche Syndrome

Nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche proposed the idea that the superior man, his Übermensch, is not bound by social mores, but lives by rules of his own making. An look at some notorious killers, Adolph Hitler among them, who embraced this philosophy, the idea that they were superior — beyond good and evil.

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