Hunting the Japanese Hospital Serial Killer

A serial killer is stalking senior citizens at a Japanese hospital. What kind of person would do this?

"You're My Celebrity Soulmate"

When does a fan become a foe? When the pseudo-intimacy of social media is mistaken for a real relationship.

Mental Illness and Violence

The psychotic killer may make a great Halloween costume, but in real life, they're surprisingly rare.

Why Is Someone Burning Homeless Men in San Diego?

A serial killer in San Diego is setting fire to homeless men. Why?

Have You Ever Wished Someone Was Dead?

Many of us have wished someone would die or disappear when we're angry. But how common is it to actually fantasize about committing murder?

Dangerous Lies

Are there some secrets worth killing for? For two men leading double lives, the answer was yes.

Let's Pretend You're Sick

The psyche of parents who fake their child's illness

Understanding Serial Animal Abusers

What exactly is the relationship between animal cruelty and violence towards humans? A look at serial animal abusers sheds light on this complex relationship.

The Psychology of Murder for Hire

It's pretty common to fantasize about a loved one's demise when we're in the throes of anger, hurt or desperation. But it takes a special person, to put those thoughts into action

The Death of Munchausen by Proxy (Part 2)

Medical child abuse is rare but it happens. Pediatricians who suspect it must balance the safety needs of the child against the risk of a false accusation.

The Men Who Murdered Halloween

Halloween has thrilled trick or treaters for years and terrified parents for just as long. What if your child bites into an apple with a razor blade inside or trips out on an Ecstasy-laced Pixie Stixx? Are there real boogeymen just waiting for Halloween to do their evil deeds? The answer might surprise you.

The Death of Munchausen by Proxy

It's time for the term Munchausen by proxy to die a timely death in terms of its use in medical child abuse allegations and for investigators to focus on the impact on the child rather than the intent of the parent.

You're Not My Real Mother (Part 2)

Capgras sufferers who murder a family member don't believe they are committing a crime or are harming someone they love. In fact, their motive is often to save the world — or themselves — from evil or to somehow "rescue" their loved one from an imposter.

You're Not My Real Mother (Part 1)

What if the person closest to you suddenly felt like a different person? Individuals suffering from Capgras delusions believe that a loved one has been replaced by an imposter. Here's why.

Dangerous Daydreams

What do future serial killers think about before they kill someone? In the beginning, not much more than many traumatized children.

Million Dollar Baby

Ever since it has been possible for parents to buy life insurance on their children, a few parents have traded diapers for dollars.

Cat Fights

When girls kill each other, it's often to protect a relationship or a reputation.

Partners in Crime

When two people kill together, one often leads and the other follows. But how does the dynamic begin? Are they both destined for crime or does one corrupt the other?

Babysitters from Hell

It is rare for a nanny or babysitter to kill a child s/he is hired to love and protect. This fact is little consolation for the families who live through it.

Serial Killing For Cash

Serial killers for profit may start out with money in mind but may wind up addicted to the psychological payoff.

Warning Signs of Dangerous Relationships

A dangerous relationship is one that, from the very beginning, is not what is seems. In most relationships that lead to heartache or worse, there are warning signs early on; the trouble is that sometimes our need for a relationship trumps our willingness to see the truth.

Trash Talk or Tremors of Trouble

"I'm going to kill you" are words that don't belong on the playground or in the classroom. But how seriously should a child's threat be taken?

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Children who are raised by toxic parents often grow up to be decent human beings who learn to separate themselves from their parent's problems and surround themselves with loving, encouraging friends. Those who can't escape their influence, though, can be drawn into the same pathological view of the world they grew up in—and wind up doing very bad things.

The Psychopathic Mother

What happens when female psychopaths become mothers?

Life on the Baby Farm

Once upon a time, there were unskilled and unwed single mothers, shunned by their families for their “immorality” and without social services to help them with childcare. Out of these dire circumstances came baby farmers, unregulated child care providers who kept—and sometimes killed—these kids for cash.

Lying, Murder and Deceptive 911 Calls

Even in the middle of a crisis, it is possible to tell the difference between a manipulative murderer and a desperate mom.

Big Lies and the Boogie Man

It's hard for most of us to believe that someone can murder a relative, claim s/he was abducted, and then go on TV and plead for his or her safe return. Fortunately, research shows that, no matter how good an actor, linguistic cues don't lie.

The Childhoods of Munchausen by Proxy Moms

Women who induce illness in their children to get attention from medical professionals seem to have some common childhood experiences.

Heroine Rush

With Munchausen by proxy, the same mechanism that predicts that women should be the ones to provide greater investment to their children can at times 'misfire' by having psychiatrically damaged women create conditions that signal to the world their attentiveness and devotion.

The Predatory Stalker

Predatory stalkers are the most dangerous of stalkers - and often the most charming on the surface.