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Anthony Sowell Breaks Down During Sentencing Phase

on August 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Convicted undecuple (eleven time over) murderer Anthony Sowell finally showed some emotion in court yesterday. Was it because of a particularly graphic description of one of his crimes? No. Was it when the family member of a victim explained how she misses her loved one? No. It was when Sowell’s…

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Paul Reid’s Fate to be Decided by Competency Ruling

on February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Convicted serial killer Paul Reid is awaiting the results of yet another competency ruling. His lawyers argue that he should receive a new trial on the grounds that he is incompetent and unable to participate in his own appeals. Two court appointed doctors have reported that Reid suffers from delusions…

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TV Habits and Your Fear of Crime

on February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am in Pop Culture, Psychology by | No Comments

Medical News Today has an interesting article on What Your TV Habits Say About Your Fear of Crime. According to the study results, those who tend to watch non-fiction crime documentaries such as “The First 48” are more likely to be afraid of becoming a crime victim. They are also…

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Frank Spisak Set for Thursday Execution

on February 14, 2011 at 8:58 am in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Frank Spisak has a date with a needle on Thursday. Ohio Governor John Kasich denied clemency on Friday, so barring a last minute court ruling, Spisak will be executed on February 17th at 10am. During a six-month period in 1982, Spisak killed three men, wounded another, and took a shot…

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Trying to Understand Antonio Rodriguez

on January 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

With the confession by Antonio Rodriguez to the murder of three women, the inevitable discussion of what made the so-called Kensington Strangler tick has begun. Jessica Hopper of ABC News has interviewed a number of forensic psychologists and criminologists, and determined that he should be classified as a sexual serial…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7, 2011 at 7:30 am in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26, 2010 at 8:06 am in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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The Economist on Psychopathy

on November 19, 2010 at 9:22 am in Psychology by | No Comments

Last week, The Economist looked at a study by Elsa Ermer and Kent Kiehl of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque on what makes people psychopaths. The article includes one of the better definitions of psychopathy that I’ve seen: Past work has established that psychopaths have normal levels of intelligence…

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Handwriting Analysis and Serial Killers

on October 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm in Law Enforcement, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Sheila Lowe guest posts on JennsBookshelves.com about using handwriting analysis to reveal a serial killer. I certainly don’t know enough about handwriting analysis to access its usefulness in criminology, the examples she gave certainly underwhelmed. She showed a number of writing samples from convicted serial killers and explained what the…

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The Making of a Psychopath

on October 24, 2010 at 11:05 am in Psychology by | 1 Comment

In light of the David Russell Williams case in Canada, The Globe and Mail in Toronto is looking at how a psychopath is made. He discussed the work of Dr. Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of New Mexico. Kiehl is researching the brain scans of convicted criminals, both…

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