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Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
A consultant for "Killing Eve" describes his time among psychopathic offenders, to show how different they can be from one another.
A forensic scientist and criminologist once explored the spirit world, surprising himself with what he believed afterward.
Seeking the same type of victim offers mental cues that improve the predator's speed and efficiency.
A case history of a man claiming to be a serial killer seems more like misplaced attention-seeking than a psychological disorder.
Some children subjected to negative conditions grow up to become killers. Herein, three ways to influence this.
A number of serial killers have used their position as cops, or have posed as such, to carry out their predatory activities. The Golden State Killer is among them.
Some serial killers have a favorite place for dumping or burying their victims, so they can return and relive their sense of power.
A journalist discovers a family secret that leads back to mob murders and secret lives of relatives whose past remakes the family identity.
Death cafes offer ways to ponder and discuss death, anxiety over mortality, and what it all means for our lives.
If you love horror movies, you'll want to find out what inspired your favorites and gave them that unsettling edge.
Archival documents from a notorious serial killer provide a window into his soul and shed light on barbarous prison practices.
Some serial killers remove items from victims to keep as trophies or souvenirs, risking capture to enjoy the pleasure of reliving their conquests.
A Canadian case illustrates the potential violent dynamic of grudge hoarding and loss of control under difficult conditions.
In the wake of serial killers coming up for possible release, some offspring have opposed it. Their response is just one of a variety of ways that daughters react.
A bizarre case from nearly 30 years ago leaves four murders unsolved and a possible killer eluding justice.
Effective teamwork contributes to a unique reality show.
Some predators with the intention to harm match their ruse to a potential victim's desire; posing as professional photographers has worked in several contexts.
Signature analysis for serial murder shows the utility of learning about the style and function of knots.
A filmmaker with a talent for finding primary documents offers a comprehensive collection for John Wayne Gacy.
Some women cite cinematic inspiration for their violent acts.
There's a notion that serial killers have privileged knowledge about criminal minds and can provide unique assistance with an investigation. Is it true?
An author explores the multiple suspects and investigations in a 1969 New Jersey double homicide.
The experts in Bundy's Florida murder trials have been fully covered; lesser known are those who testified in Utah.
An updated book about a favorite Ripper suspect shows much more about his family's coverup.
Perceptual shifts, explained by cognitive psychologists, are illustrated by a police officer's experience of a shooting incident.
The case of a pre-Bundy serial killer in Seattle gets a fully illustrated treatment in a new book.
Should you hide your work-in-progress or expose it? There are pros and cons to both.
When a serial killer leaves prison, we're understandably nervous about their future behavior. Can we predict what they'll do?
Looking back, this decade has seen more mass murders, some unique serial killers, and some stunning domestic crimes.
This was the year of mass shootings, but predators also grabbed headlines.
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University and the author of 60 books.