K. Ramsland

Dangerous Things Kids Do

Adolescents seek out novelty and excitement as they explore their sense of identity, which leaves them vulnerable to dangerous trends and people.
Laura Pettler Associates

Hometown Killer

A new webcast on a serial killer trucker offers a unique case for lovers of true crime.
K. Ramsland

3 Rules for Podcastable Characters

The success of the S-Town podcast provides an opportunity to ponder what makes some characters so compelling.
Charles C. Thomas

The Impact of Mentors

A new collection of important papers reminds us of past work in criminal psychology, as well as the importance of mentors.
K. Ramsland

H. H. Holmes: Exhumations and Expectations

As we await the results of the high-profile exhumation of H. H. Holmes, we might not want this mystery solved.
K. Ramsland

Backwoods Predators

Terror in the deep, dark woods is not just a movie script; predators look for relaxed arenas where people tend to trust strangers.
K. Ramsland

Killer's Remorse

A recent interview with Steven Dean Gordon raises the issue of whether a serial killer can feel genuine remorse.
K. Ramsland

Erotica for Serial Killers

Despite debates over whether salacious imagery causes people to become violent, in some cases, it is clearly influential.
Simon & Schuster

Pseudocide: The Art of Faking Your Death

Writer explores those who want to fake their deaths, those who hunt them down, those who fail and those who succeed. Everything you want to know but were afraid to ask.
K. Ramsland

The G-Man and the Serial Killer

Writer who set out to learn the identity of Eliot Ness's secret suspect for Cleveland's Mad Butcher fictionalizes the tale.
M. Streed

Drawing the Devil

Forensic artists face a digitized future, but a former detective offers facial composition software that replicates his successful drawing methods.
K. Ramsland

Murder Buddies

Some adolescent friendships go down a dark path, but there are strategies for parents who want to deflect them.
K. Ramsland

The Predator's Advantage

The predator's advantage involves a clear plan, with an escape route.
Source: Philadelphia PD

Lost Boy, Still Needs Name

America's Unknown Child is still an unnamed crime victim after 60 years.
K. Ramsland

Crime, Gore and So Much More

The Museum of Death in New Orleans offers exhibits that educate.
Permission: R. Parker

Close Call With a Killer

A crime historian pens an illustrated ebook about the cruel serial killer he once had encountered.
CRC Press

Was it Really a Suicide?

A new book shows investigators how to interpret seemingly innocent 911 calls that might actually be from a killer.
K. Ramsland

Mothers of Murderers

What do mothers say when they're told that their son or daughter is a murderer?
K. Ramsland

The Measure of Cunning

We have many instruments for measuring IQ and personality traits, even psychopathy, but we need a precise instrument to learn more about criminal street smarts.
K. Ramsland

Dangerous Minds

On a trip to Paris to visit the places where writers worked out ideas, I was reminded of the benefits of sustained discussions of ideas.
K. Ramsland

Top Crime News of 2016

Among the many lists that have been compiled for the closing year, true crime merits a place.
K. Ramsland

Stupid Stuff that Stopped a Serial Killer

Whenever someone states that serial killers are known to have a high IQ, I tell them some of these stories and then say why that's a myth.
K. Ramsland

Predatory Portals: Need and Trust

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

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.
K. Ramsland

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.
K. Ramsland

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.
K. Ramsland

This Week in Murder

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

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.
Amanda Howard

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.