Essential Reads

I Ain't Got no Body

Prosecutor offers extensive collection of homicides cases without bodies.

Evolutionary Psychology Is Not About "Bettering the Species"

Or why men don't want their wives to have too much fun with the pool boy.

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights

She’s accused of child neglect for allowing her children some freedom.

Recent Posts on Law and Crime

In Baltimore, an empty stadium and a lack of noise

Quiet baseball symbolizes a potential for hope as protests rack the city

My, We're Doing Well!

By Stanton Peele on May 01, 2015 in Addiction in Society
We have been targeting rebuilding inner-city communities, integrating minority youth into society, improving education and life prospects for deprived populations, creating better community policing, etc., for more than a half century. And we're exactly where we started out.

Couldn't Have Said It Better: Baltimore Riots 2015

A short piece that explains why some of the responses in the media to the Baltimore riots feel particularly damning to Black Americans, especially when considered in context.

Theater Shooter on Trial

Colorado shooter uses insanity plea for his defense

What Is the Motivation for a Criminal Act?

By Sheila Kohler on April 27, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
St. Augustine, who ponders this question in 387 A.D. writes: So when people look for the reason why some criminal act has been committed their account is only rendered credible when it is evident that there may have been greed on the malefactor’s part.

The Environment and Deterrence of Criminality

With greater freedom comes more crime

My Sunday Morning With Mental Health Advocates

I wanted to spend our time hearing the thoughts of those who attended, families and patients, about they believed stood in the way of improving mental health services and what we could do about it

Hinckley Release from Mental Hospital

Should John Hinckley be released from the hospital and given freedom?

Iran and Middle East in the Nuclear Age

US-Iranian nuclear deal in the Asian pivot: It’s complicated.

My Student Wants a Romantic Relationship

Romance, teachers, and students don't mix.

Some Serial Killers Commit Murder For Profit

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
The motivations of serial killers are very diverse. Unlike hedonist lust killers who are motivated by sex or visionary killers who hear voices, comfort/gain killers primarily seek financial gain and an improved quality of life through the act of murder. H.H. Holmes was the early American prototype.

Harming the Innocent to Punish the Guilty

By Peter Toohey on April 16, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
There are three harrowing stories here, one modern concerning Katherine Knight, and two from Greek mythology concerning Procne and Atreus. Mental derangement, jealousy and resentment, and profoundly dysfunctional families are at the heart of the cannibalistic stories. They dramatize the harm that is inflicted on the innocent in order to punish the apparently guilty.

Ruling Against V. Stiviano Sets Dangerous Precedence

By Robin Sax on April 16, 2015 in Crime Time
Judge Richard Fruin got it wrong when he ruled for Shelly Sterling. This case not only sets dangerous precedence but it allows the real wrong-doer, Donald Sterling, to avoid accountability.

I Ain't Got no Body

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 16, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
A former prosecutor offers collection of U.S. homicide cases that went to trial, despite having no body.

Outing My Inner Racist

Me: Otis, it’s been two days and I can’t stand how the deck is stacked against us and justice. I’ll bet you’ve felt that before. Otis: I’ve never felt any different. Me: It’s awful. Why didn’t you tell me it was so bad? Otis (looking me directly in the eye): Because YOU didn’t want to know!

Evolutionary Psychology Is Not About "Bettering the Species"

People often think that since "evolution" has a lot to do with speciation, then "evolutionary psychology" must be about "bettering the human species" in some way. It's not. At all. Read this if you want to know what evolutionary psychology is really about.

Is There an Epidemic of Fake Service Dogs?

In order to gain access to public places such as restaurants and hotels with their pets a number of people are purchasing service dog vests and meaningless assistance dog identification cards and certificates from commercial online service dog registries. These do not require that the dog be trained nor that the person have a disability.

Screening Test for Mental Illness

In the past weeks as our sympathies turned to families of the victims of Flight 9525, many have asked how we can allow such evil to exist in our world. But the right question is “How can we allow a person with serious mental illness to fly a commercial airplane?”

The DSM 5 - Who Cares?

By Stephen Seager M.D. on April 13, 2015 in BrainTalk
DSM 5. Misinformation and misconception

When a Sociopath Is Hell Bent on Destroying You

By Carrie Barron M.D. on April 13, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
Sociopaths (anti-social personality, psychopath) can decimate a life. The mental, emotional or physical trauma can be stunning. The aftermath of sociopathic is unique because the assault instills a dim world view, a shaky sense of safety and a feeling that one has been visited by evil. Here are 16 points of focus to begin recovery.

How To Change Your Life

By Sheila Kohler on April 12, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
Change, which is so difficult to achieve in life and to portray in literature is often brought about by a catalyst, a stranger, who comes into our lives and makes us see ourselves in a different and perhaps more truthful light.

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights

By Peter Gray on April 11, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been giving their children some of the same freedom that they themselves enjoyed as children, in a world that is safer than the one in which they grew up. As a consequence, they have been visited by police, and the county Child Protective Services have threatened to take their children away. Here is my interview with Danielle.

5 Reasons Studies Say You Have to Choose Your Friends Wisely

While it makes sense to befriend people you come in contact with regularly—like neighbors and co-workers—research shows the importance of being selective about who's in your social circle.

The Making of a Murderer

From poverty to riches, serial killers to gang members, behind almost every violent person, there is a story of despair. Not every trauma creates a killer, but most killers are created from trauma.

What Makes a Book Great?

By Sheila Kohler on April 09, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
I have been reading “Crime and Punishment” with a group of New Yorkers. Where else could one find a group of people interested enough to meet every week or so and discuss a book of this kind? We are all enjoying the book so much, so that at one point I asked somewhat guiltily if it might actually be considered “trash” rather than the great book history has decided it is.

The Difference Between Assault and Battery

By Ruth Sarah Lee J.D. on April 09, 2015 in So Sue Me
Assault and battery are two legal terms that are almost always used together. But is there a difference between "assault" and "battery"? As it turns out, one is physical; the other psychological.

White Male Racism Against Black Males Will Not End...

White male racism toward black males will exist as long as white males deny the anger they project on black males.

Forensic Media Psychology and a Camera in Every Pocket!

Forensic Media Psychology (FMP) is an important sub-specialty in psychology offering increasing professional opportunity. Present applications include law, public policy, government, health care, entertainment, education, commerce, the military, social justice, and more. Citizen video and a camera in every pocket is causing a cultural reset.