The Tipping Point and the Serial Killer

What's it like to befriend a serial killer? Martha Elliott offers her no-holds-barred account.

Lost Girls

Reading one of Joyce Carol Oates's story collections brings a jarring sense of what people are capable of, in the form of adolescent girls.

Educated Serial Killers

Those serial killers who got college degrees tended to choose disciplines that could serve darker purposes.

A Philosopher in the Cop Shop

With today's negative focus on police, maybe hiring practices should broaden to include a philosopher or two.

The Degenerate Anthropophaginian

True crime author places Packer tale in context of cannibalism and crimes in American history.

The Bundy Effect

The Bundy Effect is the ability to create multiple impressions, fluidly and effectively, to achieve a goal.

Top 3 Tips for “Fantasy-Prone” Writers

The so-called fantasy-prone person is actually a repository of hidden talents.

How Troubled Kids are like Tornadoes

A book about tornado science mirrors concerns with juveniles for whom pressure can explode into utter destruction.

Lies, SIM Lies, and Statistics!

Simulation characters are getting more sophisticated, which is good news for investigators who want to hone their skills.

How to Separate the Facts About Psychopaths From the Myths

Psychopaths have gotten popular, but where can we find info we can trust?

All Things Murder

New edition of long-running "bible" of homicide investigation includes recent innovations and additional photos.

The Psychopath Whisperer at Work

A visit to the Mind Research Network offers an update on Kent Kiehl's work on the psychopathic brain.

Serial Killers and Bottom Feeders

New book adds details to the "Ken and Barbie" killers' case, including what happened to Karla.

Fourteen Dead Men: Link or No Link?

Recent book provides comprehensive overview of Smiley Face incidents, offering unique serial murder theory.

7 Core Values for Writers

In light of a recent business survey, I found values expressed by successful businesses that can also benefit the literary trade.

I Ain't Got no Body

A former prosecutor offers collection of U.S. homicide cases that went to trial, despite having no body.

Boys and Girls, with Guns

Dr. Peter Langman examined 48 cases of school shootings to show which assumptions are wrong and what we should actually pay attention to.

Suicide's Undertow

Kathryn Craft experienced an intense suicide standoff; she has processed the trauma through a tense and well-paced novel.

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.