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Victim, Perpetrator: A Psychiatrist's Paradox

Our Neapolitan Dottoré considers the danger she and her colleagues face when criminals are placed under their supervision.

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Because by now delinquents are all considered "crazy"

Mariateresa Fichele

A psychiatrist is doing her job. A man arrives and threatens her with a loaded gun. The police arrive, and arrest him. Eventually the judge orders that the criminal be treated by that very same psychiatrist.

The victim, then, must consider the perpetrator a sick person, who will be "cured" and then freed, ready to strike again.

The law, on the other hand, does not consider that the perpetrator is first of all a criminal and that there's a victim who needs protecting.

Today it happened to a doctor. Tomorrow it could happen to someone else. Should a new incident happen, the paradox is that the blame would fall on the psychiatrist who should have been able to "control" and treat the patient.

Because by now all delinquents are considered "crazy" and are no longer put under arrest. But alas, there is no cure for criminal behavior.

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Netflix And Chills: “Dear Child” Has A German Formula That May Explain Its Success

The Germany-made thriller has made it to the “top 10” list of the streaming platform in more than 90 countries by breaking away from conventional tropes and mixing in German narrative techniques.

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An investigator reopens a 13-year-old missing persons case when a woman and a child escape from their abductor's captivity.

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Marie-Luise Goldmann


BERLIN — If you were looking for proof that Germany is actually capable of producing high-quality series and movies, just take a look at Netflix. Last year, the streaming giant distributed the epic anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, which won four Academy Awards, while series like Dark and Kleo have received considerable attention abroad.

And now the latest example of the success of German content is Netflix’s new crime series Dear Child, (Liebes Kind), which started streaming on Sep. 7. Within 10 days, the six-part series had garnered some 25 million views.

The series has now reached first place among non-English-language series on Netflix. In more than 90 countries, the psychological thriller has made it to the Netflix top 10 list — even beating the hit manga series One Piece last week.

How did it manage such a feat? What did Dear Child do that other productions didn't?

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