“‘I love the way you talk,’ one prisoner tells another. There’s a real tenderness in his voice. ‘You just let it from from you as if you own all the words in the world. They’re your personal property and you make them dance for you’”
From The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.
Please note that the man speaking is, as the title of the book suggests, a psychopath in the midst of radical therapy.
I peered at Essi. She spotted us, smiled and waved.
"That must be dangerous," I said.
I heard a story about her once,” said James. “She was interviewing a psychopath. She showed him a picture of a frightened face and asked him to identify the emotion. He said he didn’t know what the emotion was but it was the face people pulled just before he killed them.”
I continued down the corridor. Then I stopped and glanced back at Essi Viding. I’d never really thought much about psychopaths before that moment, and I wondered if I should try to meet some.