Essential Reads

If I Can't Have You, No One Can

How can we predict who will kill someone s/he once loved? Look at the dark clouds in the relationship to predict storms after a breakup.

The Psychopathology of Shakespeare’s Most Evil Villains

And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ, / And seem a saint when most I play the devil. — Richard III

Crime and Punishment (and Twitter)

Scientists are exploring what social media can reveal about patterns of wrongdoing.

Who’s to Blame When a Child Dies in High-Conflict Divorce?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on August 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Filicide is the most unimaginable crime perpetrated against children. The very act defies explanation, yet opening up the dialogue may be the only hope for the lives lost.

More Posts on Law and Crime

Can You Sue Someone Over a Broken Promise?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 18, 2017 in So Sue Me
Have you ever relied on someone's promise, only to be hurt when that promise was broken? Promissory estoppel is the little-known legal doctrine that holds people to their word.
Munch 1893, PD

Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.

Q.E.D.: The Most Dangerous Addiction—Childhood Video Games

By Stanton Peele on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People who attempts mass murders often seem to have been unusually involved in youthful video games, which DSM-5 failed to label "addictive." Is that an oversight?

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.
K. Ramsland

Serial Killers Linked to Jack the Ripper

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Jack the Ripper is in the news, identified as "Devil in the White City" serial killer, H. H. Holmes. But Red Jack has been linked to other serial killers as well.

Does a Person "Break Bad"?

Let's examine the premise of a smash hit entertainment series.
Ellen Kirschman

I'm a Police Psychologist: What was I Doing at San Quentin?

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
I work with cops. Spending a day with prisoners was a new experience.

What Does "Affirmative Consent" Actually Mean?

We have laws to update our "Do Not Call" lists because we don't want to have our privacy violated. So how is it an imposition to make sure people ask erotic partners for consent?

How to Interrogate a Criminal Suspect, a la Dostoyevsky

By Stanton Peele on July 29, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Law enforcement officers assaulting violent criminals, as Donald Trump suggests they do, is exactly the opposite of the best interrogation techniques for convicting criminals.
K. Ramsland

Games Killers Play

A recent news report about coded letters from serial killer Ian Brady raises hope, but it might be just part of the games these offenders like to play.

Some Mysteries Take the Genre to a New Level

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Literary? Who knows or cares. This mystery novel is delightful and worth reading long into the cold dark night.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.

Why They Let O.J. Out

By Stanton Peele on July 21, 2017 in Addiction in Society
O.J. Simpson will be released from prison after a parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction. But his self-image and demeanor are identical to when he was tried for murder.
K. Ramsland

Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.

Fear-Based Anger Is the Primary Motive for Violence

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Anger is not a primary emotion. It is a secondary emotion or reaction. Fear or terror is the root of all anger.

Polyphobia

This blog explores discrimination and prejudice against polyamorous people in loss of social ties, housing, child custody, job loss, and selective enforcement of rules or laws.

The Power of Total Isolation: Why We Hate Being Alone

By Kevin Bennett on July 12, 2017 in Modern Minds
The pain of extreme isolation results from a conflict between evolved social mechanisms and impersonal modern environments containing built structures that cut us off from others.

“Shots Fired” Cry Havoc’s take on Dallas Shootings of 7/7/16

By Julie K. Hersh on July 10, 2017 in Struck By Living
Two thought-provoking plays in Dallas, Texas address the anger and pain associated with race in the United States.
Randy Williams

Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care

No other issues in mental health seem to ignite flames as great and persistent as do liberty and privacy.

Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 07, 2017 in Saving Normal
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.
K. Ramsland

Women Who Run With Killers

Some women discover only later that they once dated a serial killer, and that they were lucky to survive.

Heroes' Origins: Must Superheroes Suffer Parental Loss?

The Film Psychologist looks at psychological consequences of losing parents for the the world's three most famous superhero orphans, and Stan Lee shares his thoughts on the matter.

The Bronx Hospital Shooter: A Chronic Catathymic Crisis?

Who shoots up a workplace two years after being fired? Someone who is obsessed with that incident, who has ruminated about it, and fantasized about revenge.

Dogs previously sentenced to death get new leases on life

By Cathy Scott on July 01, 2017 in Crime, She Writes
High percentages of dogs rescued by Chicago police after their owners are criminally charged are rehabilitated and find new homes, as told in the book 'A Ruff Road Home'

High Temperatures Raise the Risk of Aggression in Dogs

Data has shown that for humans the tendency toward aggression increases as the outside temperature goes up, and now data confirms that the same is true for dogs.
Trauma dissociation

Cops and PTSD

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Cop Doc
It's National PTSD Awareness Day; do you know a cop with PTSD?

How the News Media Make Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The news media frequently refer to murderers in nonhuman and supernatural terms, using inflammatory words like evil, vampire, and monster.
Praeger

Will This Angel of Death be Released?

With the approaching release of a suspected healthcare serial killer in Texas, old cases are being reexamined for possible new evidence against her.

Lawsuit Filed Over Brain-Eating Ameoba Death

Teen's death blamed on U.S. National Whitewater Center.