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In the film M by Fritz Lang a child murderer is killing little girls in a large German city People are fearing for their children The same way a modern serial killer instills fear in todays society Peter Lorre plays this lone psychotic murderer He is caught at the conclusion of the film He pleads that he has no control over his actions Is the man himself solely responsible for his actions or is society to blame The murderer only kills little girls Every time he is shown on camera he is alone There is a series of scenes where the murderer is seen walking around the city and looking in store windows Now this may not mean that much on the surface but as it gets deeper it becomes clear This man has nobody to be with He has no friends and no one to converse with Society makes it seem to people who dont quite fit in that there is something wrong with them Lets say that this man is different he doesnt fit in This was most likely true in his childhood as well The man now appears to be about twenty-five years old He has no wife Maybe he feels a little left out This long life of feeling like an outcast may have made a slightly mentally ill person into a psychotic murderer In a later sequence of scenes the murderer is shown walking with a little girl The viewer assumes this will be his next victim He is being very friendly This is showing the need for companionship the murderer has He would probably do this with all the little girls and when he realized that it was only a temporary or even artificial bond between them he would kill the girl Modern day serial killers do have a couple of the same characteristics that the murderer in M had The use of manipulation The murderer
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