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.
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.
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.
The human equation looks at the dark side of human nature, with a special emphasis on women and crime. Topics include female serial killers, Munchausen by proxy, cult leaders, and the psychology of evil.