"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have." So Clint Eastwood drawled in Unforgiven.
So why do we open our hearts to Dexter Morgan as he butchers another victim and winks at the camera?
Join writer and pop-culture critic Martyn Pedler for a look film and television's loveable monsters, maniacs and killers. From Watchmen's creepy Rorschach to gruff ol' Tony Soprano and everyone's favourite heroic torturer, 24's Jack Bauer, Pedler asks how it is that the Dexters of popular culture make us overlook their obvious psychological deficiencies and love them - blood splatters and all.