What are the motives for murder? Margaret Atwood offers some clues in her short fiction – Simple Murders. Brilliant writing , I think.

“It was because of the chocolate bars. It was because of the stars. It was because of a life behind bars. It was her hormones.  It was the radiation from the wires and phones. It was his mother saying , ‘You’ll never amount to a hill of beans’. It was because he was all-fired mean. It was the sleeping pills.It was the frills, on the blouse, under the jacket, over the breasts. It was the blood tests. It was the sigh, the cry, the hand on the thigh. It was the hunger, it was the rage, it was the spirit of the age”