Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Serial killers, self-reliance, and everything in between
Joni E Johnston Psy.D.
Does a victim's history of depression make it more likely that a murder will be staged as a suicide?
What would you do if you thought someone you loved had been murdered but their killer had staged it to look like a suicide—and was getting away with it?
In 2019, Nancy Moronez was found guilty of murdering three infants over 30 years ago. All three deaths were initially attributed to SIDs. How could this happen?
Sexual predators targeting children on the internet are all too common. But internet murderers are much more diverse than you might think—and so are their victims.
Cars have long been used as weapons. But a recently arrested alleged serial murderer used his car to kill. Is he the first?
The ability to tell the difference between religious fanaticism and mental illness may determine a defendant's valid insanity plea or the death penalty.
Where is the line between delusions and extreme religious beliefs? The answer to that question may help investigators solve the mystery of three dead adults and two missing children.
Eleven murder-suicides are committed every week. Here's what we know about why those tragedies occur.
Lisa Snyder says her 8-year-old son committed a murder-suicide because he was bullied and depressed. Prosecutors say she killed them both. But what does the research tell us?
Adoption scams are rare, but they happen. Don't let them keep you from the joy of a child. Just know what to look for so it doesn't happen to you.
From the adoption fraudster who promised made-up babies to the Arizona attorney who's accused of baby trafficking, adoptive parents can be scammed. Here's how.
From the hit show Mind Hunter to documentaries about Ted Bundy; there was a lot of buzz about serial killers in 2019. But what happened in real life? Take a look at five trends.
New evidence suggests that sexual assault perpetrators don't fit into neat categories. The date that rapes a naive college student could be the next neighborhood serial rapist.
Police say a wife and mother killed 6 people over 14 years. Did disbelief that a woman could do this help her get away with it, even when her husband's body contained cyanide?
When someone is in an abusive relationship, it's hard to know just how dangerous the situation is. One question can tell us a lot.
We often think of a place of worship as a safe haven and look to our religious leaders for guidance. But what if s/he is looking at you as prey?
Many prosecutors in recent murder cases have called the accused a narcissist. But is this true? Is there a link between narcissism and violence?
For those who stand in the way of pathological gamblers' compulsion, the results can occasionally be deadly.
Being diagnosed as a psychopath can only happen once someone is 18. How should we handle teenagers who look and act like their grown-up counterparts?
What do serial killers and wannabe killers have in common? New research finds surprising similarities that may help us catch them sooner.
While managers and employees are aware of the potential for workplace violence, few think of it in terms of a coworker dying from an intentional poisoning. But it happens.
Hate crimes hurt the victims, terrify similar others, and—sometimes—are met with skepticism, defensiveness, and doubt. So why would anyone make one up?
Is there such a thing as too much love? Maybe not, but in serial killer Dellen Millard's case, there was too much of something.
It's common knowledge that domestic violence and holiday stress go together. But the real danger for domestic violence victims may not be what you think it is.
Over 100 years ago, Charles Spearman identified a general factor of intelligence. Today, researchers say there is a general factor for evil, a dark core of personality traits.
With all the planning and covering up that is typical of serial killers, can one truly be insane? Here's what history says.
Mollie Tibbetts was a beautiful young college student abducted and killed while out for a jog. Let's honor her memory by keeping our own college kids safe.
If someone you loved killed her or himself, would you believe it? A psychological autopsy can help death investigators figure out which ones are genuine and which are murder.
Why do revenge murderers often kill innocent victims? Perhaps it's not a person he's trying to kill.
Is Kelly Cochran a female psychopath or was she the victim of an abusive boyfriend? She'll have a long time to think about it.
Joni E. Johnston, Psy.D, is a clinical/forensic psychologist, private investigator and cohost of the forensic radio show Thread of Evidence and author of three books.
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.