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Priming and False Confessions

Priming and False Confessions

False confessions are a phenomenon many find mystifying. Although it seems hard to believe a person would voluntarily make a false confession, it occurs with such disturbing regularity that courts must weigh the circumstances under which any confession was obtained when deciding the guilt or innoc...

What's the Use of Restricting Student-Teacher Interactions on Facebook?

What's the Use of Restricting Student-Teacher Interactions on Facebook?

Restricting student-teacher interactions helps preserve the integrity of the student-teacher relationship and encourages respect both ways. On Facebook, students and teachers both communicate with peers in their respective age groups in ways that might not be appropriate from one group to the othe...

Profiling in the Victorian Era

Profiling in the Victorian Era

As anyone with a degree in forensic psychology will tell you, criminal profiling, as practiced during the Victorian era was elementary at best. Considering the crime rate of the time, and the lack of consistent police formation and subsequent involvement, profiling was used more as a practicality ...

Surfing the Hackpocalypse: Cyber Jihadists

Surfing the Hackpocalypse: Cyber Jihadists

"We're facing a very great threat of loosely-coupled, organizational networks that increasingly rely on IT infrastructure to coordinate their movements and recruit young disenfranchised, apathetic guys as suicidal pawns in a sophisticated, dispersed movement. (...)" (AHM, Usenet, September 21, 20...

Surfing the Hackpocalypse: Hacker Gangs

Surfing the Hackpocalypse: Hacker Gangs

Meet Jim Script Kiddie (skiddie). He is the guy (usually in his early to mid teens) who comes into a hacker forum, asking inane questions like, "how can I be a hacker?" He also tends to over-indulge in "hacker speak" making him look pretty much like a moron to seasoned (and not so) computer netize...

Surfing the Hackpocalypse: The New Old War

Surfing the Hackpocalypse: The New Old War

In 1956, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover initiated a program, code-named COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) ushering in what would become the mainstay for how intelligence communities dealt with domesitic affairs. The sole directive of this program was "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredi...

A Legacy of Pain

A Legacy of Pain

Our team was recently contacted to consult on a case involving the murders of eight women in a small town in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. Murders that some feel are the work of a serial killer. While following up on the information provided, we have also been perusing the JDP Killer Blog, wh...

Profiling Casey

Profiling Casey

On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 8:44 PM Eastern, the Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a missing child. Less than an hour later, Cindy Anthony called back in near hysterics, claiming that her daughter finally admitted to her that Caylee had been abducted and that "There's ...

Profiling the Unsub

Profiling the Unsub

[Editor's note: Some time ago, Russell L. Smith, creator of the BRACE Character Profile, contacted John Douglas, renown FBI profiler, asking him to score an unsub of his choice. Mr Smith's goal? To gauge the validity of his tool against a known serial killer. This is the second of two installments...

The Profiler and the Unsub

The Profiler and the Unsub

[Editor's note: Some time ago, Russell L. Smith, creator of the BRACE Character Profile, contacted John Douglas, renown FBI profiler, asking him to score an unsub of his choice. Mr Smith's goal? To gauge the validity of his tool against a known serial killer. This is the first of two installments ...

Analysis of Asperger's Disorder related to General Criminal Conduct

Analysis of Asperger's Disorder related to General Criminal Conduct

Pervasive developmental psychopathology, specifically the DSM-IV-TR [2] autism spectrum Asperger's Disorder, has been implicated in the psychopathology of a subset of serial murderers [3] . The current study uses the BRACE Character Profile™ to analyze the relationship of Asperger's Disorder to ...

Palaces, Temples and Tombs

Palaces, Temples and Tombs

Just my take on some of the posts related to the motive, method, and opportunity of school shooters and such. Regardless of intent, it seems to me that the general rationale of some bloggers and posters for explaining (aka: justifying) the murderous acts of school shooters is basically the same as...

The Masters' Advocate review of Inside the Mind of BTK

The Masters' Advocate review of Inside the Mind of BTK

As one would expect from the title, the authors detail the intimate interplay between cognitive and behavioral processes in the development and functioning of serial killer Dennis Lynn Rader. But they also revealed the very real mental and physical risks for forensic professionals who overly exerc...

The Man in a White Suit

The Man in a White Suit

The 1970s was a tumultuous time. On the heels of the beatniks, Manson's family, and Kent state, the anti-establishment generation vowed to avoid the mistakes of its predecessors. The shadow of course, remained ever present, threatening to rip away what little innocence remained of the seemingly na...

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

On Thursday, February 14, 2008, an individual dressed in black burst into a Northern Illinois University (NIU) lecture auditorium, injuring 17 and leaving 5 dead, before taking his own life. Early reports were sketchy, though University officials acknowledged that the gunman, while not a current s...

Just who is teaching whom?

Just who is teaching whom?

In August of 2006, a girl met a boy. Where? On myspace, of course. The teen had been contacted by the boy who claimed to have moved from Florida to nearby O'Fallon. Their Internet relationship blossomed over the next six weeks, and the girl was on cloud nine. But then, the proverbial hammer fell a...

John Douglas responds to Malcolm Gladwell

John Douglas responds to Malcolm Gladwell

On Monday, November 12, 2007, long time New Yorker staff writer, Malcom Gladwell, penned an editorial on criminal profiling, likening profilers to psychics. To make his point, Gladwell attempts to take the reader through a series of annectdotal and "what if" tales while heavily relying upon the re...

Dangerous Ideas

Dangerous Ideas

"Every era has its dangerous ideas. For millennia, the monotheistic religions have persecuted countless heresies, together with nuisances from science such as geocentrism, biblical archeology, and the theory of evolution. We can be thankful that the punishments have changed from torture and muti...

Marketing misery

Marketing misery

It has been stated that tragedies bring out the best in us. They also bring out the worst. This seems especially so when the tragedy involves a child. Unlike adult victims however, child victims are generally shielded from the media spotlight. For several reasons, the least of which involves the b...

Modern day Dadas or ...

Modern day Dadas or ...

On Sunday evening, March 18, 2007, Italian Carabinieri found themselves grappling with the mysterious case of a young man who had wandered into the their Vercelli barracks. By the time the media picked up the story, officials had determined the young mans oddessey began 70 miles to the northeast n...

Biscuits du jour

Biscuits du jour

The field of forensic psychology is generally about psychology and the legal system. There is however one area of which few may be aware. Forensic psychologist also consult in domains that have an international impact. Take the war on terrorism, for example.

Finders Keepers, Losers Sleepers

Finders Keepers, Losers Sleepers

The Finders is another one of those new age cults whose history dates back to the late-1960s. Yes, starting cults was quite the "thang" back then. The thing is, there are a ton of them out there--more than most of you might realize. Of course, not every self-proclaimed group is necessarily a cult....

Suffer the little children

Suffer the little children

On Monday, August 21, 2006, a UK station aired the Cutting Edge: Cult Killer--a program exploring how one man's abuse in a destructive cult culminated in a murder-suicide. That man was 29 year-old Richard Peter Rodriguez and the cult was the Children of God, founded by David Brandt Berg in 1968.

In the name of the child

In the name of the child

With each newly reported horrific crime there will always be those who are poised to exploit the victims for this cause or that as they play the inflation game while engaging in argumentum absurdem. These same individuals unabashedly (and unashamedly, I might add) seem to have not a problem provid...

The sacred executioner

The sacred executioner

In his book, "The Sacred Executioner," Hyam Maccoby notes: "A figure in mythology that has received little attention is that of the Sacred Executioner. [...] By taking the blame for the slaying, he is performing a great service to society, for not only does he perform the deed, but he takes upon ...

Myspace, meatspace

Myspace, meatspace

I have other articles I planned to finish however in browsing tonights news, I was distracted by the recent flurry over myspace. Here are just a few headlines culled from the last two weeks:

Reclaiming the Innocents

Reclaiming the Innocents

Childhood is deemed by our society to be the age of innocence--free from the adult burdens of working to meet physical and psychological needs. Optimistically, a child need not worry about whether they will have shelter, where their next meal will come from, whether or not they are loved. Or safe,...

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Developmental Psychology

Psychology & Law

American Psychologist

  • E. Mark Stern (1929–2014).

    This article memorializes E. Mark Stern (1929 –2014), a clinical psychologist who found his ideological home in humanistic and existential psychology. Highlights of Stern's career and professional contributions are noted.…

Learning, Memory, & Cognition

  • Correction to Ashby and Rakow (2014).

    Reports an error in "Forgetting the past: Individual differences in recency in subjective valuations from experience" by Nathaniel J. S. Ashby and Tim Rakow (Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory,…

Behavioral Neuroscience

Criminal Psychology

  • Quick links for December 2010

    A round-up of December tweets from crimepsychblog New Journal Issues Women & Criminal Justice 20(4), articles on IPV, life sentences and risk http://retwt.me/1Qjtd Justice Qtrly 27(6), articles on transgender prisoners,…

Food for Thought

Nobody Nowhere, by Donna Williams, is a first hand account of struggling with autism--where language and emotion are disconnected, and where physical pain is experienced in response to stress.

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More News...

On Wednesday, April 13, 2006, 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin was reported missing by her father. Investigators thought she may have been abducted by someone she met online. Oklahoma law enforcement suspected her abductor might be heading just across the border to Texas and requested Texas issue an Amber alert.

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In 1956, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover initiated a program, code-named COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) ushering in what would become the mainstay for how intelligence communities dealt with domesitic affairs. The sole directive of this program was "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" the activities of various dissidents and their leaders.

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Human Trafficking

While some are making an entertaining hey day of the recent media Karrnival, and a person who purports to be Wendy Hutchens father appears to be speaking to... well... himself--does this man not realize that his incoherent posts only go to further sully what little is left of Ms. Hutchens already tarnished reputation?--the talking heads breathlessly ponder the whys and wheretofores of John Mark Karrs recent false confession. Yes, it does indeed appear to be a Karrnival.

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Killing Fields

As with other crimes, arson is neither new or rare. So what is it that makes a church arson special? After all, a building is a building is a building. That is, until it is a church. At which point, it becomes an iconical representation of something deeper than the material with which it is built.

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Legally Speaking

In his book, "The Sacred Executioner," Hyam Maccoby notes:

"A figure in mythology that has received little attention is that of the Sacred Executioner. [...] By taking the blame for the slaying, he is performing a great service to society, for not only does he perform the deed, but he takes upon himself the blame for it, and thus absolves society as a whole completely from the guilt of a slaying for which they, in fact, are responsible and by which, in theory at least, they benefit." (Maccoby, 1982, p 7-8)

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