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"Hatter," said the White Rabbit. "Both of us have spent time in the loony bin, and yet I feel that we are saner than our leaders."

"Yes," the Mad Hatter said, after swallowing a sip of tea. "Merely yes. By the way, where is your little blond-haired friend today?"

"Joined a peace march downtown. I gave her a couple of thou to make sure she had enough bail money, just in case."

The Mad Hatter sighed. "Ah, youth. These old bones would shatter against a billyclub nowadays. So what are you reading there, my dear Rabbit?"

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"'Without Conscience, The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us,' by Dr. Robert Hare." Rabbit added, "No relation."

A chuckle. "So what did you wish to run by me today?"

"Psychopaths and sociopaths. It's got me to thinking." The Rabbit paused. "Um, have you ever killed anyone?"

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"Me? Oh, heavens no, I've never been that mad. Nor am I a psychopath. I rather prefer to be perceived as 'eccentric'."

"Well, neither have I, no surprise." The Rabbit held up a paw. "Nor have any of my family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, fellow parishioners, local vendors, I could go on."

"You certainly do. And?"

"Well, my point is, none of us have ever killed another person. And I hope we never will."

"I would echo that hope most sincerely, my friend," said the Hatter. "So, yes, I can reassure you that we are likely not psychopaths." Another sip of tea. "You seem un-reassured."

"Well, according to all the stuff I've been reading on this topic, you're right. We're not. But, there are psychopaths living among us--and most of them aren't murderers. In fact, some are quite successful--and respected."

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The Hatter yawned.

"There is a line," the Rabbit continued, "that most of us will not cross, except perhaps to save ourselves or our loved ones, and that is murder."

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