Brazilian Man Confesses to Killing More Than Forty

serialkillersThere can be an argument made that time spent within the prison system can serve the purpose of rehabilitation. Perhaps someone robbed a convenience store or drove while intoxicated and during his sentence he gets an education and learns a job skill or attends therapy sessions to cope with an addiction issue. In such instances, a criminal offender can return to freedom in his community and hopefully make better choices. But there are psychological factors at play with some violent acts for which no intervention will make a difference.

blogpost1Sailson Jose das Gracas was arrested in Brazil last week on suspicion of murdering a woman in the Rio de Janeiro area. It did not take long before he confessed to killing a total of thirty-nine victims over the course of ten years, with each of those claims now being investigated by authorities. If his assertions hold true, das Gracas will prove one of the worst serial killers in that nation’s history.

Das Gracas said in a television interview, “When I didn’t kill, I would pace around the house, and then when I killed, it calmed me.” Can you imagine? Not to make light of the psychology but to try to put it in perspective, I calm my nerves by taking a long walk with my dog or sitting with a cup of tea. This man found such relief in taking the life of another human. Das Gracas further shared that he would kill again if given the freedom to do so, no matter how many years from now such a release from custody may occur. Without bars separating him from the rest of society, he will be compelled to continue his twisted acts.

I study criminal behavior and have for years, but continue to be struck by stories such as this one. The drive to kill and the psychological release that comes from draining life from another human is both terrifying and fascinating . . . I even titled my first Emily Stone novel Compulsion to highlight this pathology. We still have so much to learn about the criminal mind but I know members of our law enforcement do their best to keep all of us safe.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Film Actress Kim Poirier

KimPoirierI have a real treat for readers and blog followers today. I cannot convey how excited I am that actress Kim Poirier is here to answer a few questions. It has been a huge blessing for me to have this awesome and beautiful actress embrace my Emily Stone character. When I was first discussing the possibilities of a “live-action” book trailer about my fictional heroine Emily Stone with director Andy Palmer, I was very adamant about the type of actress I wanted. To be honest, I did not think we would find the right person to fit the role. Appearance, voice, and physical abilities were important to convey this character. I was ecstatic, to say the least, that Kim Poirier would even consider the part! She was perfect to play Emily Stone!

Enough of my rambling and on to the interview.

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JENNIFER CHASE: Please tell us a little bit about you and your background. What inspired you to film/television as a career?

KIM POIRIER: I started out (technically), in my mom’s stomach! She had a part in a film and I think that’s where I caught the “bug”. From that point forward, I started doing commercials growing up and lots of catalogue work. When I got out of high school, I pursued a career in acting full time. I trained privately in acting and in voice (so important), and worked in film and television moving forward. I’ve also had the pleasure of being a host for a few years. That was really fun!

JENNIFER CHASE: Wow, talk about having the film bug in your blood! What are some of the pros and cons working on a trailer as opposed to filming a full-length feature movie?

KIM POIRIER: I wish I had more days on set! I fell in love with the Emily Stone character and it really spoke to me. EmilyStone_Stills_006AI felt blessed and inspired to step in her shoes. I truly look forward to the project getting funded so we can all sink our teeth into this.

JENNIFER CHASE: I’m crossing my fingers for a feature film, but anything is possible in the movie industry. What was it like filming the Emily Stone Book Trailer and jumping in “hands on” for the action scenes?

KIM POIRIER: I worked with the director, Andy Palmer, before on another film and he called me asking if I’d like to be a part of this. I immediately jumped right in with both feet, read the book, EmilyStoneAgot a fight choreographer to map out the fight scene, trained with him pretty extensively, went shooting a few times so I could get used to a Glock (Emily’s gun of choice), and did drills running up and down the halls of my place.

JENNIFER CHASE: I’m so glad that you did! I LOVE it! Actually, that’s so Emily Stone!

KIM POIRIER: I wanted to genuinely and authentically feel it in my body and have that visceral level of understanding. I didn’t want to fake it. I also felt a responsibility after reading the novel to really bring my A Game. Emily3It rocked me to the core and I wasn’t going to be anything less than my best.

JENNIFER CHASE: It definitely shows in your performance. Were there any fun or memorable moments that you would like to share with us?

KIM POIRIER: A funny moment (well not so funny when I was in it), was when we were training for first time with the choreographer: I got thrown on my back and had the wind knocked out of me. It kind of shook me, but I realized that getting punched in the face or getting the wind knocked out of me (once you get over the fear of that “happening”), is really freeing. Once you aren’t afraid to get hit (because you know you can take the pain and it’s no longer a shock to your system), there’s a fearlessness that takes over you and empowers you.

JENNIFER CHASE: That’s so true, but I’m sorry that you had endure a bit of pain for this part. Do you have any special preparations or acting rituals that you go through before you get to set?

KIM POIRIER: I did a ton of research on the character so that I could really get into her head. I also worked on the physical aspect quite a bit too. Being a trained dancer growing up (Jazz, Tap, Ballet), getting the physical component down is the quickest way for me to understand a character, really live it and feel it and express it authentically. In terms of a ritual…I don’t really have any.   EmilyStone_EOther than making sure I am relaxed as possible. I do a lot of breath work, yoga, running and meditation. That keeps me limber and free in my mind and soul. It’s so important to be centered and present.

JENNIFER CHASE: That’s so insightful and a great way to live. What can we expect to see from you in the near future?

KIM POIRIER: I shot a film last summer called, “No Solicitors” with Eric Roberts. It’s about a very “Norman Rockwell-esque” family with a deep twisted underbelly. They definitely aren’t what they appear to be.

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JENNIFER CHASE: Thank you so much Kim Poirier for allowing us into your world today. I cannot thank you enough for your great performance of Emily Stone in the Thriller Book Trailer!

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The Criminal Mind in the Digital Age

blogpost1The advancement in technology just in the past eight to ten years, particularly in the areas of the internet and social media, has been astonishing. We now can know what our friends from high school are having for dinner every night or when their kids win a spelling bee, instead of just catching up on major life highlights every five years or so at a reunion in the old cafeteria. A few individuals can spark political movements that gain attention in every corner of the world. News is spread across the globe in seconds. Members of communities are better able to look out for one another when crime threats and suspicious behaviors are shared. I have the chance to reach you through this blog!

But with anything that is so intrinsic and influential in our lives every day, technology comes with a downside. Clinical psychologist Stanton Samenow was asked recently why a new edition of his book Inside the Criminal Mind was needed if, presumably, the criminal mind has remained the same. He answered that while the factors that motivate and excite criminals have not changed, the venues through which they can act out their twisted plans have expanded.

Samenow notes that criminals no longer have to steal a wallet and hope to find one or two credit cards when they instead can manipulate cyberspace and steal account information from millions. Sexual predators can assume a charming persona from behind the anonymity of a computer screen in order to lure the vulnerable. The mind may operate as it did 100 years ago, but it now has so much more fuel on which to run.

Have you thought much about how social media and other aspects of the digital age in which we live has carved new opportunities for criminals? Does it affect how you use such technology?

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Vigilante Detective Emily Stone and Knockout Author Roundup

EmilyStone_workoutIt’s been a fun blog hop to share these amazing ten authors and their books with you during the Emily Stone Tour.  Thank you ALL so much for participating with me, oh, and Emily Stone of course. When I first started writing Compulsion, I did not know any other authors. I’ve been so fortunate to have met so many other authors and to find many great books that I might not have discovered.

Here’s a recap of the excitement. You can click on any of the authors to find out more about them or the cover of their books to take you to Amazon.

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The Psychology Behind Loving a Killer

eyes+CharlesMansonAs regular readers of my novels or this blog (or likely just anyone with whom I strike up a conversation) will know, I have a longstanding fascination with the criminal mind. What makes a serial killer commit the heinous acts that he does? How does a person come to show complete disregard for the life of another? I have spent time in classrooms and in the field learning about forensic psychology and how experts put together such detailed profiles of the predators they are trying to catch.

But you know what is just as interesting to me? The psychology of the person who loves the killer and is drawn to his supposed charms. We know that prisoners get married behind bars regularly, sometimes to spouses who began corresponding with them only after they were found guilty of awful crimes. And now one of the most infamous prisoners in America appears to be preparing to take a bride.

Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence in California State Prison of the murders of seven people, has requested a marriage license and plans to become blogpost1 a husband to Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name of “Star.” This young woman,  who is only twenty-six years old, has been communicating with Manson since she was a teenager, even leaving her home so that she could move closer to his prison. Star is adamant about her fiancé’s innocence and has made it her cause for several years.

The psychological power that Manson seems to have over this woman, who is more than fifty years his junior, offers an eerie reminder of the Manson Family that developed in the late-1960s and was comprised of the young men and women who eventually carried out the brutal murders as commanded by Manson. Members of this “family” never wavered in their allegiance, calling out their love for Manson during the murder trials and many of them still serving time in prison today. Could Star have fallen for the same perverted persuasion?

It has been theorized that these women who proposition killers behind bars seek control in a relationship. It could be as simple for these women as wanting the media attention to a myriad of psychological disorders driving them to gain some type of control in their own lives. Either way, both incarcerated serial killers and the women who love them no doubt need more study to understand the intricate dynamics of their behaviors.

manson-followersI could not help but notice some physical similarities between Star and Manson’s family going to court during his trail in 1970.

Have you read about Charles Manson’s intention to get married? What were your initial thoughts about the woman who wants to be his wife?

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The Sociopaths Among Us

Close Up Portrait of Ted Bundy WavingFor most of us when we think of the term sociopath, we likely imagine some terrifying man boring through the television screen with an unchanging stare and creepy smile. Maybe we are reminded of a scene from an episode of Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Minds, when the female killer describes each brutal murder without a hint of emotion.

While uncomfortable stares and lack of emotional connection to actions are characteristics of a sociopath, the individuals who match the description go well beyond the serial killers who make the headlines. I recently read a gripping article, written last year, by a successful attorney and Sunday school teacher who also has been diagnosed as a sociopath.

M.E. Thomas writes in the article, as well as her book Confessions of a Sociopath, about how she simply does not feel connected to social norms; she is not “motivated or constrained” by what most of us hold as normal behavior. She feels no guilt and readily admits that she uses emotions and charm to manipulate. However, she also writes that she loves her family and friends.

Thomas notes that she has had dreams about killing people and believes that if she had been raised in a more abusive home, she might have been triggered to act out on those fantasies. The truth is, though, that she is among the thousands of other sociopaths living in our communities who lead seemingly normal lives while posing no threat to those around them. In fact, Thomas shares that one in twenty-five adults could be labeled a sociopath.

I encourage you to give the entire in-depth article a read. It is a captivating narrative written by a woman many of us probably would enjoy having as a friend. Like all mental illness, there are unique individuals behind each diagnosis who are more than the labels they are given.

I was intrigued by the author’s ability to make her readers rethink sociopaths but also uncomfortable with her narcissism and what seemed to be bragging about her detachment (which should be expected from a sociopath).

If you read the article, I would like to know what you thought of the piece!

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Guest Author: Helen Hanson and Ocean of Fear

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Meet Baxter Cruise. Gifted robotics student. Spammer for hire.

A six-figure income softens the loss of his family while he attends college. But his cozy world of lattes and free wi-fi explodes when his hippie professor friend disappears, and Baxter discovers a lady professor’s steaming corpse.

With his secretive lifestyle, he hasn’t cultivated any real friends. When a student asks for help with a class assignment, Baxter figures it’ll throttle his funk. But the guy blackmails Baxter into programming narcotics delivery robots for a notorious cartel. Working for drug lords rattles the needle on Baxter’s errant moral compass, but it’s better than a bullet in the head.

Beautiful FBI agent Claudia Seagal tracks the professor’s brutal assassin, but every angle of her investigation returns to Baxter. He’s hiding something, and he’s in far too deep to cooperate with the law.

Hijacked from the comforts of his ivory tower, Baxter lives under constant surveillance. The cartel is in bed with dangerous allies, and they require his unique talent to complete their underwater robots. After that, Baxter is expendable.

With no one left in the world who cares about him, only survival matters. When he realizes the depravity of his involvement, it’s too late for remorse. Baxter just wants to go home. It’s not his war.

But he’s the only one who can stop it.

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BIO:

Bestselling Kindle author Helen Hanson HelenHansonwrites thrillers about desperate people with a high-tech bent. Hackers. The CIA. Industry titans. Spammers. Guys on sailboats. Mobsters. Their personal maelstroms pit them against unrelenting forces willing to kill. Throughout the journey, they try to find some truth, a little humor, and their humanity — from either end of the trigger.

While Helen writes about the power-hungry, she genuinely mistrusts anyone who wants to rule the world.

Helen directed operations for high-tech manufacturers of semiconductors, video games, software, and computers. Her reluctant education behind the Redwood Curtain culminated in a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrated studies in Computer Science. She also learned to play a mean game of hacky sack.

She is a licensed private pilot with a ticket for single-engine aircraft. Helen and her husband spent their first anniversary with their flight instructor studying for the FAA practical. If you were a passenger on a 737 trying to land at SJC, she sends her most sincere apologies. Really.

Born in fly-over country, Helen has lived on both coasts, near both borders, and at several locations in between. She lettered in tennis, worked as a machinist, and saw the Clash at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium sometime in the eighties. She currently lives amid the bricks of Texas with her husband, son, a dog that composes music with squeaky toys, and another dog that’s too lazy to bother.

Please visit her website at http://www.HelenHanson.com. If you enjoy her books, please consider writing a review at Amazon. If you don’t, please be kind.

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