Inside the Mind of a Pedophile

    BELLEFONTE, PA - JUNE 22:  Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, leaves court in handcuffs after being convicted in his child sex abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse on June 22, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts in the sexual abuse trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach, who was charged with sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Mark Wilson

    Jerry Sandusky in many ways went about his sex abuse in a textbook manner, and that’s partly why he managed to hide it for so long. The former Penn State football coach managed to get away with sexually abusing young boys for years, shrouded both by the pigskin loyalties of Happy Valley and a veil of social respectability. In The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell explores the ways in which child molesters build their lives and those of the people around them to accommodate their behavior. “Horsing around in the shower?” Gladwell writes. “It did not occur to them that the goofy, horseplaying Sandusky they thought they knew was another of Sandusky’s deceptions.”

    Read it at The New Yorker