Pete Dominick’s Macabre Week: The occult, psychopaths, and ESP

It’s almost Halloween, so to get ready for the spookiest day of the year, Pete Dominick hosted Macabre Week. All week long, he welcomed experts in some of the chilling subjects we most closely associate with the Halloween season.

Including serial killer expert Harold Schechter, who explained the mind of a psychopath.

“Psychopaths, as you probably know, are very rational, intelligent people who lack any kind of conscience, or capacity to empathize with other human beings — who see other human beings simply as objects to be manipulated and exploited for their own pleasures.”

Religion scholar Christopher I. Lehrich spoke about the birth of the occult.

“Cornelius Agrippa, with the occult philosophy, he comes up with the notion that this sort of art and science of studying all of these occult influences — which includes things that we don’t accept at all like astrological influences and stuff like that — that the art and science of that is in fact what the ancients always called magic, and that all of this can be woven together into an elaborate system which will allow us essentially to understand better the mind of God — he was a very devout man. So that then establishes forever the connection between occult and magic.”

Neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist Diane Hennacy Powell explained her interest in ESP.

“I started having experiences of patients who knew things that they shouldn’t know,” Powell said. “I started to think ‘You know, I really want to understand this.'”

Margee Kerr, a sociologist and expert in the science of fear, discussed using a haunted house as a fear research lab.

“We’re measuring people before and after they enter the haunted house, and this year we’re collecting data as they’re going through.”

Former Blondie bassist Gary Lechman went on Sit Down with Alfred and Chris where he explained the occultist influence on rock music in the ’60s.

“Somebody who became very influential was a filmmaker named Kenneth Anger,” Lechman said. “He did these very strange avante-garde films that were very influenced by [Aleister] Crowley, and people like the Rolling Stones became interested in him.”

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