Many moons ago this columnist interviewed John Douglas, who was one of the agents who helped the FBI establish the profiler program. That, in turn, inspired us to buy and read his book "Mindhunter." He suggests that there are thee questions that, if a suspect will answer honestly, can provide warning signs for a serial killer.
What blogger wouldn't like to have the chance to ask George W. Bush the questions? It will never happen, but a columnist has to write about something and a hypothetical chance to ask some good questions should provide an entertaining read.
Did you torture animals as a kid?
A story in the New York Times, referenced in the Kitty Kelly book about the Bush family, indicates that the President, when he was a kid, liked to insert firecrackers into a lower orifice on frogs, light it, and watch the results.
Did you play with fire as a kid?
Some recent accounts of the President's enthusiasm level when urging his commanders to achieve victory, indicate that he has a very high level of enthusiasm about the destruction caused by combat.
Did you wet the bed beyond infancy?
Unless his mother breaks the code of silence about the Bush family history, it is very unlikely that there will ever be an answer to this question.
The time has come for attention to be turned to a new President and the task of scrutinizing the minute details of the Bush era will be turned over to historians and history majors working on their doctorate degrees.
For a columnist who thinks that in a blizzard of debate reviews, a change of pace might be worth the effort, the talk with John Douglas provides just such a basis for a new column.
Jeffrey Dahmer said: "When I was a little kid I was just like anybody else."
Now, the disk jockey will play the Talking Heads song "Psycho Killer" and we'll execute a departure. Have a "Catch Me If You Can" type week.