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They say that truth is stranger than fiction. That's especially true on CBS' "Criminal Minds." Every case on that show is based on a real crime. The big problem for the writers-creators of the drama is how to tell the true story without shocking the wits out of the audience.

"We've had to tone down almost every single one of them," says executive producer Ed Bernero, who was a Chicago policeman for 10 years before he came to television.

"What is really happening is much worse than anything we could or want to do," he says. "Actually, there hasn't been a single one we didn't have to tone down."

The thing I personally dislike about this series are its twin implications that 'the mentally ill are criminals' and 'criminals are mentally ill'; neither of which is true. Yes some mentally ill are criminals and some criminals are mentally ill, but both cases are tiny minorities!

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