Predatory Portals: Need and Trust

People who intend harm, whether theft or worse, exploit arenas of trust. Classified ads offering romance or mutual interest activities are an easy way to conceal true intentions.

Boys Dressed as Girls Who Became Serial Killers

Some serial killers recall being dressed as girls when young, despite being male. It might have had a negative impact.

Power Assertive Murder

Some serial killers are motivated by anger and the need to harm those they think have wronged them. Todd Kohlhepp appears to be in this category.

Serial Killers and Celebrity TV

A clip of a TV show that features a killer now on trial for four murders brings to mind other murderers who got their 15 minutes of TV fame.

This Week in Murder

A new textbook in forensic psychology that focuses on homicide offers an updated and substantive reference.

Party On, Dearly Departed

The Day of the Dead on November 2 is quite festive in Oaxaca, Mexico, where a funny thing happened to us in a cemetery.

A Curious History of Hanging

Amanda Howard compiles a sordid history of hanging-by-rope, with stories that have visceral punch.

Ghost Righter

A bit of Halloween fun, let's consider therapy in the afterlife for those who made poor choices while alive.

Who Wants to Be Ted Bundy?

A girl in England wanted to copy Ted Bundy. So did a boy. Bundy remains a darkly contagious figure for those who aspire to black deeds.

The Ripper Conclave

Ripperologists gather for a conference in Whitechapel to explore the infamous 1888 Ripper murders.

The Murder Market

Novelist takes readers on a very dark journey into the addictive world of the murder market.

Don’t Just ‘Face’ Fear: Attack the Ambush

Author Bob Mayer offers writers strong advice from battlefield training.

6 Things Predators Already Know About You

The basic principles of social influence and persuasion are effective tools for predators.

What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.

Serendipity and the Serial Killer

A series of coincidences made possible a unique approach to a serial killer's narrative.

Top 5 Benefits of a Geek-Out

A Geek-Out goes beyond what any tour guide can tell you, because you seek a direct experience of the subject you embrace.

What If Jack the Ripper Lived With You?

An early tale based on Jack the Ripper shows the subtle way in which people see only what they need to see.

Writers! 5 Ways to Tap Anxiety for Aha!

Our brain seeks certainty to avoid anxiety, but being in the presence of uncertainty is where the creative juices flow.

Brain Science for Writers

A story coach's new book applies the neuroscience of storytelling in a practical how-to guide for writers.

Walk in My Shoes, Said the Serial Killer

As I discuss "Confession of a Serial Killer" on "Crime and Science Radio" this week, I'm reminded of how complex this 5-year project from a killer's point of view was.

Writer, Uninterrupted

Constant distraction diminishes our creative power; concentrated focus allows us to experience the most profound creative state.

Sugar and Spice, and a Nasty Little Vice

More crime stories today feature teenage girls as perpetrators, including those who aspire to kill. Our past crime categories don't quite address their stated motives.

Packing Heat: Writing About Sex

Writing a sex scene is like playing jazz: you shut down lose self-censorship.

Staging Murder

Investigative consultant describes how homicides get staged as other types of death incidents, and urges law enforcement to pay attention.

When Good Guys Turn Bad

Even the most ordinary people can find themselves in circumstances that bring out their worst.

“Hero” Serial Killers

In the news recently was a male nurse who claims he endangered and killed so many patients he'd lost count; he had wanted to be a hero.

Secrets of Psycho

John Borowski has a knack for finding old files of serial killers. His latest publication offers the files of Ed Gein, the "Psycho" Killer.

Sibling Rivals and Murder Games

A unique case in the annals of serial murder will finally get a broader audience.

Academic Stress and Aggression

In light of the recent murder-suicide on a college campus, we ponder why someone believes such acts make sense.

To Be or Not To Be: Philosophical Serial Killers

Some serial killers find justification and solace in heady philosophical notions.