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Is Leroy from The Bad Seed a psychopath?

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I wouldn't judge Leroy to be a psychopath. The obvious psychopath (or sociopath) in the story is, of course, Rhoda, who commits multiple murders without any sense of guilt or regret. The irony of the story is that the seemingly mentally-challenged Leroy is the only one who sees through Rhoda from the beginning; though, at first, even he doesn't believe she has actually killed anyone. It's only when he sees her demonic reaction to his claim that he's recovered the murder-weapon shoes that he realizes she really did murder her...

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