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Self Reflections from Serial Killers

Over a century ago, an innovative forensic pathologist got criminals to write their life stories. He thereby initiated the practice of qualitative criminology. Read More

Understanding the criminal mind

I found your post on criminal autobiographies very insightful for me as a writer. Over and over again, I strive to be objective about my subject, John Norman Collins, but I find myself wanting the facts to unfold my view rather than inform it. Your post reminds to be on guard against that. There are no psychiatric reports available for Collins, and he always refuses group therapy by saying, "Not interested." His prison documents reveal his arrested social development. For therapy to help, he would have to tell the truth, which he won't or can't allow himself to do.

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Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., an expert on murder and other shadow themes, teaches forensic psychology and has published 46 books.

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