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Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
In the new book, "Maniac," a crime historian looks back on America's worst campus slaughter.
A recent decision in a Portugal case reminds us of killing teams made up of women, even girls.
Having authored multiple books about true crime, I've compiled a list of readable sources for research.
We envision psychopaths as stone-cold people without remorse, but research indicates they can experience a range of feelings, even love.
We tend to believe that creative minds are rare and elite, but anyone can learn habits that increase their creative output, with the potential for a big payoff.
An FBI profiler gained "Killer Clown" John Wayne Gacy's trust and hoped to extract new information.
Some aging serial killers hold the key to solving cold cases. How do we get them to spill?
In rare cases, the demise of a serial killer can seem to be cosmically linked to his earlier terrible acts.
The Netflix series about forger and murderer Mark Hofmann needs one more episode: the FBI profilers' prison interview.
New findings from an exhaustive database show a low incidence of psychosis or serious mental illness in mass murder events.
A woman shoots her 11th husband five times, then claims hurricane PTSD, among other strange mental issues.
Risk-taking killers sometimes take time from their crimes to play a few games. Literally.
Older serial killers get little attention from researchers, but such data would assist with developmental studies of criminal psychology.
Some wannabe moms are so desperate for a baby they're willing to commit shocking crimes to get one.
A recent case in Russia made me think about why some killers turn their victims into "treats" for others.
The pandemic affected crime rates in both positive and negative ways, and there was steady news about serial killers.
A new documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper glosses over the primary hindrance to police identifying the killer much earlier—ignoring input from informed analysis.
The recent phenomenon of female admirers of serial killers like Ted Bundy has some historical precedent.
The mind can present a stage on which future killers mentally act out their deviant desires.
Clothing affects how we think and feel; that's true for killers as well.
HBO's documentary on forensic psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis considers how we treat mentally disordered violent offenders in an outdated court system.
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.
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University and the author of 60 books.