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Albert Fentress abducted, abused, mutilated, murdered and then ate parts of an 18-year-old boy.

But before he did all that - before he had even met his victim - he wrote a movie script, describing the murder her would later commit.

In the latest episode of Crime Scene, we look at how fantasy becomes murder, through the lens of a cannibal middle school teacher.

Because a murder like that doesn't just happen on the spur of the moment, according to veteran homicide investigator, educator and consultant Vernon Geberth.

It builds, over time, moving toward reality in stages. The script, Geberth said, was like "foreplay." 

Then there's a trigger - in Fentress' case a very specific trigger - and suddenly the foreplay isn't enough.

Listen to the latest episode of the Crime Scene podcast to balance, for a bit, on the tightrope of reality.

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