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Preteen Who Wanted to Please a Fictional Character is Currently Incompetent to Stand Trial

I have studied criminal psychology. I am fascinated by what triggers an individual to commit horrible acts of violence against a fellow human being, and have spent countless hours in classrooms, talking to forensic psychologists, learning from members of law … Continue reading

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Proceed Carefully When Diagnosing Violent Criminals

When we read about a horrific crime that has been committed or we watch a news clip of an alleged murder smiling as he walks in handcuffs into a courtroom, we often ask the question, “How could someone be so … Continue reading

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Assessing the Psychopath

Have you ever gotten frustrated with someone’s indifferent reaction or maybe even the harmful way one person treated another and thought, “That person is a psychopath!” Merriam Webster defines “psychopath” as “a person who is mentally ill, who does not … Continue reading

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Confrontation with a Violent Sociopath Compelled Me to Pursue Criminology

As I look back in my life, I reflect and smile.  It is interesting how certain situations can shape our decisions and ultimately the outcome of our lives.  I have been blessed with many things, even the bad incidents.  I … Continue reading

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Vicarious Traumatization is a Reality for Forensic Psychiatrists

We know that those who are victims of horrific crimes and live to share their experiences often suffer from psychological repercussions that can take a lifetime to heal. But what about the men and women who work to capture the … Continue reading

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No Answers Make Sense When Asking Questions about a Child’s Murder

When allowing yourself to go deeply into the world of criminal psychology and study the minds of those who commit some of society’s most heinous acts of violence, there is no personality more disturbing than one who would harm a … Continue reading

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Investigating the Psychological Autopsy

One of the most interesting aspects of studying criminal behavior and criminology is finding out why and how criminals commit a specific crime.  It’s really the complicated and daunting task of finding out what makes an individual tick and hopefully … Continue reading

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