How and Why Societal Elites Manipulate Public Fear

Public fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials—that is, politicians, law enforcement authorities and the news media.

Why Elite White-Collar Criminals Are Rarely Punished

White-collar criminals benefit from institutionalized non-enforcement practices, regulatory policies and legal representation not available to street criminals.

Lady Justice Is Not Color-Blind

The massive U.S. prison population does not mirror the demographic profile of U.S. society. There is a stark pattern of racial disparity in the prison population.

Psychopathic Killers Hide in Plain Sight

The world’s most prolific killers are totally incapable of empathy or remorse. However, they rarely look like the scary monsters we expect them to be.

What You May Not Know About Serial Killers

Rather than being satisfied when they murder, serial killers are driven toward repeating their killings in an unending “serial” cycle.

Some Individuals Kill for Their Own Sadistic Pleasure

Power/control killers are patient and they kill their victims slowly in order to prolong their own sadistic pleasure. They derive satisfaction from the suffering of their victims.

Why Psychopaths Are Effective Killers

When psychopaths commit a homicide, their killings likely will be planned and purposeful—that is, organized, and not committed in the heat of passion.

Serial Killer Groupies and Murderabilia Collectors

The public has an insatiable appetite for the sensationalized tales of serial killers. Some people take their obsession to extreme ends.

Diagnosing Psychopathy

Psychopathy is a continuum ranging from those who possess all of the traits and score highly on them to those who have the traits but score lower on them.

Serial Killers Do Not Want to Get Caught

It is not true that serial killers want to get caught. Most of them love their work far too much for that to be true.

The Macabre Appeal of Serial Killers

Serial killers are transformed into culture celebrities through the efforts of law enforcement authorities, the media and the public’s appetite for the macabre.

The Strange Allure of the Killer Living Next Door

A serial killer is frequently an unassuming everyman who could easily be a next door neighbor or co-worker.

Jack the Ripper: History’s Greatest Murder Mystery

More than 125 years after his killing spree abruptly ended without his capture, the murders of Jack the Ripper continue to tantalize people around the world.

The Strange and Enduring Appeal of Charles Manson

Charles Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder for a killing spree in 1969, but he did not actually murder the victims himself.

How You Know You're Dealing With a Psychopath

Psychopaths are unable to form emotional attachments with others or feel empathy, although they often have charming personalities.

The Guilty Pleasure of True Crime TV

Watching true crime TV is like eating candy in bed at three o’clock in the morning.

Understanding Psychopathic Criminals

Psychopathic criminals are cunning, manipulative, egotistical and cold blooded.

How to Know if You Are Dealing With a Sociopath

The good news about sociopaths is that due to their volatile personalities, you can typically see them coming

Prescription Drugs and Malpractice: A Lethal Combination

Prescription drug addiction and medical negligence create a “perfect storm” of corruption, misery and death in the U.S.

The Great Myth of White, Female Killers

Much of the general public’s knowledge concerning homicide is a product of stylized and incorrect depictions of such events in the news and entertainment media.

Our Enduring Love Affair With Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Like our favorite Hollywood monsters and boogey men, Dr. Hannibal Lecter is tantalizing to us because he is goal oriented, devoid of conscience and almost unstoppable.

Homicide Fact: Race Matters

According to the data, the most likely victim and perpetrator of murder in the U.S. is a young, black male, approximately twenty-one years of age.

Homicide Fact: Age Matters

Murder victims and perpetrators tend to be very young as the likelihood of becoming either one dramatically decreases with age.

Pamela Smart: From Cheerleader to Celebrity Monster

Sensationalized media depictions of Smart before, during and after her 1991 trial have transformed her into a celebrity monster in the popular culture.

Female Serial Killers Are No Myth

The news and entertainment media focus on and sensationalize the acts of violence and torture perpetrated by male serial killers. Although the graphic images of male serial killers sell countless books and movie tickets, they also perpetuate the myth that all serial killers are demented men.

Why White, Female Alleged Killers Become Celebrity Monsters

When an attractive young, white woman is charged with murder, the media feed the public’s huge appetite for graphic images and information on the case.

White Females Are Rarely Murder Victims or Perpetrators

The myth that women are at greater risk of homicide victimization than men suggests that white females have the greatest risk of all potential victims. There is also a myth which contends that women do not commit murder. This myth is based on traditional gender norms which claim that females are too passive and sweet to kill someone.

The Zodiac and Other Thrill Killers

Thrill killers like the Zodiac are perfectionists and often have narcissistic personalities. Such traits may drive them to pursue the goal of a perfect murder. Their motive is to induce pain or terror in victims prior to killing them. Victims are generally strangers but the killer may stalk them for a period of time before the attack to fuel the the excitement of the hunt.

The Enduring, Ghoulish Legend of Lizzie Borden

The story of Lizzie Borden has taken on mythical proportions over the years. Despite her acquittal in criminal court in the nineteenth century for the murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie has always been considered guilty by the public as a result of ghoulish media and cultural representations of her.

Women We Love to Hate—and Why We Hate Them

When a pretty, young, white woman is charged with premeditated murder it creates intense curiosity because their alleged crimes violate sacred norms of gender, race, and even motherhood. Their trials become media events because the public is shocked and outraged by the actions of these norm violating females.