I hate scary stories. They annoy me.
Its the same reason I dont fall back on pop-culture 'viruses' to explain real virology-- I dont need to make up fake scary viruses. There are REAL scary viruses.
Likewise, you dont need to make up scary stories about 'mad scientists'. There are very real humans who were scientists who have done terrible, horrifying things. The New Yorker has a story up about one such scientist, Amy Bishop. A scientist who killed three and wounded three more of her colleagues in 2010 for denying her tenure.
From what I have read, it is an excellent piece of writing, but I admit I couldnt read it all the way though.
I guess I dont like real scary stories either.
And don't forget, quite likely murdered her brother as well.
I'm not a fan of horror stories, either.
I made it all the way through the article. But I have no connection to this case, unlike at least one other case. That would be Iowa, 1991. I've heard they made a movie based on that case, but I don't want to watch that movie--I've met some of the people who were in that room that day. The author of one of my textbooks was among the dead.
Scientists and academics, like anyone else, can have severe untreated mental health problems. Add to this the professional imperative of making tenure and I'm surprised this hasn't happened more times.