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In a week which saw authorities in Ohio announce that they will be seeking murder charges – in addition to kidnapping and rape charges – for Ariel Castro, "Piers Morgan Live" invited John Douglas to share his professional insight on the man who is accused of operating a "house of horrors" by keeping multiple women captive for the better part of a decade.
The former chief of the FBI's Behavioral Science unit, Douglas has worked some of the country's most high profile cases, and on Friday evening he offered some context on the Cleveland case:
"We're throwing around the term sexual predator. Your viewers and listeners may think that there's a sexual component, that's the primary motivation of the offender. It really isn't," explained Douglas. "Sex is a component, but really a small component. It's all about power. It's all about control. It's all about basically playing God."
Serving as the inspiration for the character of Jack Crawford in the well-known "Silence of the Lamb" film, Douglas took Piers Morgan inside the mind of Castro, and others like him:
"They wear this mask of sanity. You sit across from them, and you look into their eyes. When you look in their eyes, they look normal. Then you try to kind of go back, what that person looked like when he was looking into the eyes of the victim and how his personality was totally different," said the man who's studied everyone from Charles Manson to David Berkowitz to the Unabomber. "That's what fools the public. They think that there's going to be some ghoulish looking type of character that will stand out in the crowd. No, they look like you and I."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Douglas goes into further detail regarding the preparation underwent by Castro, as he carefully planned out his kidnappings.
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