My Great Uncle Was Freud’s Butcher

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Sigmund Freud A few weeks ago, a press release from Variety grabbed my attention: LONDON — “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films and “The X-Files” writer Frank Spotnitz are developing a crime series centered on Sigmund Freud, “Freud: The Secret Casebook.” Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer will pen the series, in which the founder of psychoanalysis is portrayed as the first criminal profiler. The series will combine murder mystery with a portrayal of Freud’s “tangled and provocative personal life.” I wasn’t just excited because anything produced by the talents involved in “Downton Abbey” and “The X-Files” is bound to be must-see TV. No, I have a personal stake in this show, some little-known background that I believe would greatly enhance the series. . . .

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