Following the recent death of Ian Brady (undoubtedly one of the most evil people on Earth), Dalrymple references the unsettling accuracy of his 1995 book So Little Done in describing the attitudes of such people:
I was surprised, gratified and horrified to discover how closely Brady’s book and mine coincided. I had intuited his thought processes. Brady didn’t like what I wrote about him and wrote to complain. Who was this Dalrymple, he wanted to know? Everyone understood that prison doctors were the dregs of the profession. And what had I ever done for humanity, while he, Brady, spent much of his time making Braille books for the blind?
It was an astonishing performance, demonstrating a genuine inability to grasp why he was so abominated.