Al Carlisle

The Psychologist and the Serial Killer

Former prison psychologist offers the raw data of his interviews with Ted Bundy and his associates before he was known to be a serial killer.
Random House

Our Memory Quirks: Are They for Us or against Us?

What if your recollections turned out to be false? Here's a book that tutors you on how your memory works (and doesn't).
K. Ramsland

The Structure of Fear

A psychology class studies their experience of fear by visiting a reportedly haunted asylum.
K. Ramsland

The Math Whiz and the Psychologists

A mathematical genius offered a formula for creativity to a group of psychologists a century before we could prove it with research.
K. Ramsland

I Wanna Be a Serial Killer #3

Some people believe that if they follow the example of an infamous serial killer, their aspirations guarantee success.

Emotional Contagions

A science journalist finds himself personally impacted by his comprehensive exploration of social contagions.
K. Ramsland

Suicide Shrines

Some locations or events can inspire numerous life-ending acts. The allure might be obvious or obscure.
Credit: Goddess Rosemary

Breakfast with Vampires

Some research in psychology benefits from a more hands-on – or hands-in – approach.

Birds, Bullets, and a Bad Guy

A 19th-century German cold case leads to discovery of connection to Robert E. Lee and the true birth of ballistics.
Munch 1893, PD

Professional Suicide

Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.
K. Ramsland

Serial Killers Linked to Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is in the news, identified as "Devil in the White City" serial killer, H. H. Holmes. But Red Jack has been linked to other serial killers as well.
K. Ramsland

Games Killers Play

A recent news report about coded letters from serial killer Ian Brady raises hope, but it might be just part of the games these offenders like to play.
K. Ramsland

Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.
K. Ramsland

Suicide: Pacts Versus Clusters

Suicide pacts are agreements; suicide clusters are reactions. But clusters can result from publicized pacts.
Randy Williams

Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.
K. Ramsland

Women Who Run With Killers

Some women discover only later that they once dated a serial killer, and that they were lucky to survive.

Will This Angel of Death be Released?

With the approaching release of a suspected healthcare serial killer in Texas, old cases are being reexamined for possible new evidence against her.
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.