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The Insanity Defense for Serial Killers

on October 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm in Law Enforcement, Psychology by | No Comments

Allyson L. Gay of Northeastern University has published a paper, Reforming the Insanity Defense: The Need for a Psychological Defect Plea. She calls for an expansion of the legal definition of insanity to address the psychopathic tendencies of many serial killers. She would rather they be committed so that they…

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Peter Vronsky on Colonel Russell Williams

on October 20, 2010 at 11:20 am in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Author Peter Vronsky has published an article on Colonel David Russell Williams in Toronto Star. He explains how Williams fits in the power-assertive, power-reassurance, anger-retaliatory, and anger-excitation typology. Williams appears to be an anger-excitation killer.

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Victimology: How Psychopaths Choose Their Victims

on October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am in Psychology, Victimology by | No Comments

Jeff Wise, author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger, looks at how psychopaths pick up on the non-verbal clues indicating a potential victim’s vulnerability.

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Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

on September 28, 2010 at 8:10 am in Law Enforcement, Psychology by | No Comments

The Writer’s Forensics Blog is an interesting site that discusses forensic sciences for fiction writers. Their latest is a guest post from Janice Gable Bashman and Jonathan Maberry called The Psychology of a Serial Killer. It consists of quotes from members of the psychology profession and law enforcement about what…

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Is van der Sloot a Psychopath?

on September 22, 2010 at 10:42 am in Psychology, Serial Killers by | 2 Comments

The Psychopath Awareness Blog takes a look at whether Joran van der Sloot is a psychopath. While the focus on van der Sloot is a bit limited, the article gives a solid overview on the definition of a psychopath. It also raises the interesting question as to whether van der…

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Genetic Link to Violent Crime Found

on September 22, 2010 at 10:20 am in Law Enforcement, Psychology by | No Comments

A joint Finnish-American study has found evidence of a genetic predisposition to violent crime. The study followed 167 convicts for seven years after release from prison. All were convicted of aggravated violent crime, were alcoholic, and were rated as psychopathic. They also were tested to show a particular variance of…

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