"bring out the not so latent Gilles de Rais in me"
Gilles de Rais
Public DomainGilles de Rais - Credit: Éloi Firmin Féron

  Gilles de Rais (1404-1440) was a Breton knight who fought alongside Joan of Arc against the English. He was hanged as a child serial killer.

He murdered a large number of children, possibly hundreds.  During his trial, he confessed the true horror of his actions: he would sodomize the children, then decapitate, dismember and disembowel them. Even after death, their body parts were not safe from his sexual attentions.

It is a truly extraordinary character comparison for Max to make of himself.