The Authors examine The Fall, a British TV series, whose plot centres on a structured and efficient serial killer. In spite of the stereotypical and reassuring portrayal often offered by cinema and television, in The Fall the psychological dynamics of the characters are represented with sharp and uncanny insight. In the end, the Authors formulate some hypothesis, inspired by their respective theories, about the serial killer as an icon of evil.
Keywords: Serial killer, fictional world, perverse structures of mind, numinous, primitive anxieties, representation of evil
Roberto Salati, Cesare Secchi, Vicissitudes of an Evil Icon. Notes on a representation of the serial killer in The Fall, series 1-3 (UK-Ireland, 2013-2016), conceived and written by Allan Cubitt in "STUDI JUNGHIANI" 46/2017, pp. 49-65, DOI:10.3280/JUN2017-046003