I have always been fascinated by reading and learning about true crime stories. I am not obsessed with violence or the power of control. I am obsessed with understanding the motivations of those that society calls evil. Why do some people spend their lives hurting and destroying while others spend their lives building and loving? Also, there is a bit of both in all of us. This is the root of the fascination for me.

I also have a fascination with words and language and how they communicate ideas a feelings. This is the very essence of poetry and writing. A very wise teacher once told me that all literature promotes the author’s view of life. Words and stories and language all have meaning and ultimately try to answer the most primal questions of human nature. All of us want to know why we are here and why we act the way we do.

I recently came across a list of words that are not used much any more. One of the words was “nitheful”. The word refers to evil. I wrote a poem about this whole topic and called it “The Nitheful”. I originally started writing bout things, events and people that were frightening to me and I believe on some level to all people. I plan to continue the them and expand it to other scenes as well.

I do not consider human nature to be evil but the question still hangs in the air – why do some people, human in every way, commit evil acts?

T. S. Deary – P.A.F.M