Evil as Flight from Narcissistic Boredom

  • Daryl Koehn


When we first meet Tom Ripley, the favorite protagonist of novelist Patricia Highsmith, we do not suspect that he is a serial killer in the making. Granted, he is involved in a bit of mail fraud. However, he never cashes any of the checks he receives. He appears personable and friendly enough. When Herbert Greenleaf asks Tom to go to Italy and to persuade his son Dickie to return home, Tom readily agrees, telling himself that he can do the senior Greenleaf a good turn. He appears to want little from life but the chance to see Europe and to acquire some culture.


Serial Killer Genuine Reason Italian Police Good Turn Plausible Deniability 
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