Danger to Self and Others

The recent airline disaster involving a co-pilot crashing a plane highlights the need to rethink risk evaluations for suicide.

50 Shades of Black

Serial killer John Robinson's recent appeal casts a spotlight on his deviant ruses for luring his victims.

Cops Helping Cops

Ten cops contribute stories to an anthology dedicated to fallen officers.

Close Encounters with Criminal Minds

During the late 19th century a pathologist-turned-criminologist founded the technique of criminal autobiographies; from within the stories came deep truths.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Sleuths

People who ponder puzzles, whether writers, investigators, photographers, or physicians, will benefit from turning these skills into habits.

Dinner for the Dying: Last Suppers

Art exhibit in Dayton features paintings of inmates' final meals; artist Julie Green describes her process.


This week, the anniversaries of two arrests remind us of the shocking reverberations of murder in ordinary communities.

5 Tips about Writing and Health

Research on writing finds evidence of its positive influence on emotional and physical health.

13: A Deadly Number

This Friday the 13th is the anniversary of the arrest of a man who'd murdered 13 people, starting on another Friday the 13th.

Ambitunity: Ambition Plus Opportunity Yields Trailblazers

An early Irish detective saw the value of science for investigation. Ignoring resistance, he established one of the world's top murder squads.

The Perversion Files

A recent settlement regarding the Boy Scouts of America's private records about sexual abuse once more relegates them to the realm of secrecy.

Jack the Tipster

A book published in 2013 offers a thorough academic analysis of correspondence attributed to the notorious Jack the Ripper.

The Writer and the Murderer

A true crime writer working on another case assists to free a mother falsely convicted of her child's murder.

The Lust Murderer: Asocial vs. Nonsocial

In 1980, 35 years ago, the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit proposed the distinction between organized and disorganized killers, which is still used for behavioral interpretation at crime scenes.

Success is Not a Straight Line

A book on leadership from a certified coach uses a vacuum cleaner as a surprisingly appropriate metaphor to demonstrate ten simple but powerful lessons for success.

Notable Crimes in 2014

The year in crime emphasized acts of rage and strange legal proceedings that featured unusual behavior and unique defenses.

Reflections on Rape

A book written by three rape victims, published in the 1990s, is still relevant today for its insights about resilience, support networks, and a legal system that can miss the boat on what matters.

Writing Tip #5: Hearing Voices

Part of the art of writing is letting oneself recede in order to absorb the full dimensions of another's perspective, whether a real person or a character. Here are some examples.

Liminal Insanity

A new memoir about being a psychiatrist in a state forensic hospital also sheds light on the pressing need for reform and the social perils of ignoring this need.

Top 10 Things I Learned from Successful Writers

After many years as a writer, mingling with other writers, I look back on advice I've received from them, good and bad.

The Murder Squad

We take for granted the way crime scenes are processed and evidence handled, thanks to the numerous TV shows, movies and novels that portray this, but some innovations were born from mishandling and injustice.

Murder Mentors

Another conviction of a teenager for a horrific crime attributed to copycatting a fictional character should inspire more active intervention in fan obsessions.

Writing Skill #3: The Quickening

I'm often asked where I get my ideas for the books and articles I've published, and I can point to one thing that always shows me the way: the sudden feeling that this idea is already mine.

Digital Ghosts

This time of year, photos of "ghosts" show up in the press. Ironically, the process used to fake some famous frauds mirrors the process of accepting them as real.

Ted Bundy's Ghost Revisited

During October, our thoughts turn to ghosts. I think about the ghosts of serial killers.

"I Don't Believe in Ghosts, But..."

Many people who relate paranormal experiences are usually quick to assure their audience that they're rational, levelheaded individuals who wouldn't usually tell – or believe – such tales.

The Artist and the Serial Killer

A student's desire to learn forensic art opened up an opportunity to work on a cold case that would later become world-famous.

Who Coined “Serial Killer”?

An FBI profiler claimed to have coined the phrase 'serial killer,' during the 1970s. However, says author Harold Schechter, someone else got there first.

Extreme Sexual Deviant Tells All

A psychiatrist's opened files reveal stunning details about one of the world's most perverse child killers, Albert Fish. Chillingly, Fish states, "There are a lot of us."

Canadian Cannibal on Trial

Luka Magnotta's trial will be watched by millions - just as he wanted. Will compassion over his claim to mental illness move the jury past their disgust over his disturbing and egregious acts?