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Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
Some killers are driven by very strange ideas.
With Todd Kohlhepp back in the news, we should consider how to improve safety in potentially dangerous situations.
A memoir from one of the founder's of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit shows psychological analysis in early cases.
Some people think it's "cool" or compassionate to write to killers behind bars, but they should recognize that there's risk as well.
We're seeing more cold-blooded predatory women in news and television media, but we still know little about what makes them tick.
Emotional investment in solving crimes where information is lacking can influence us to substitute closure for truth.
In some cases, "autobiographical leaks" in fiction helped to nail a real-life conviction.
Although the FBI has stopped using "spree killer" as a category, it still has utility in some cases.
A forensic pathologist and consulting forensic doctor demonstrates why our love of Holmes can be more damaging than productive.
The recent arrest of Joseph DeAngelo as the "Golden State Killer" reveals a life with many parallels to Dennis Rader, the "BTK Killer" of Wichita.
The primary book on psychopathy has stood the test of time and continues to be a rich source of insight.
A recent discovery of dismembered heads raises questions about older investigations.
Many mass murder incidents show the influence of previous mass murderers, fueled largely by social media.
With more focus on cold cases, investigators have added more to the victim tolls of convicted serial killers.
In this 130th anniversary year of Jack the Ripper, an author collects the suspects in one place.
New book offers definitive account of America's most notorious female serial killer.
The Great Plains witnessed numerous murders in spots where strangers exploited isolation and need.
Mindhunter's Edmund Kemper, an incarcerated serial killer, once sought to revise his own narrative.
The question that students ask me most often about serial killers cannot be answered as easily as they hope.
Recent case linked to Robert Black highlights book about him.
Creative insight can come from unexpected places, including perspectives different from your own.
Police officer-turned-journalist explores errors in complex investigation of the Yorkshire Ripper and links more crimes.
Despite improved research and refined definitions, former ideas about serial killers persist in some news sources.
New movie sidesteps psychological richness to focus on cheap horror.
An important but dark chapter of American crime history is stunningly revealed in book on Osage murders.
In a new collection of true crime, the theme revolves around unlocked doors and windows.
An Old West serial killer had charm and a smooth-talking manner 100 years before Bundy.
An anthology of fiction opens up New York's oldest mansion for "ghost tours" and other adventures.
A class trip to a haunted asylum to study the psychology of fear had interesting results.
Looking back on some of the most shocking crimes of 2017.
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University and the author of 60 books.