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“Depression” and the Criminal: appearance versus reality

Offenders are frequently considered to be suffering from depression by concerned families and, under certain circumstances, by clinical evaluators, i.e., trained mental health professionals. Consider the circumstances in which offenders are evaluated by professionals. These are situations that are unpalatable to offenders. That is, they are being held accountable after being apprehended for a crime.…
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Serial Killing for Cash: money as a motive for murder

Apparently, serial murder for money isn’t as “sexy” as other motives because we rarely hear about it.  And, yet, nearly one-quarter of serial murders are motivated by one of the most mundane motives of all criminal activity:  money. This statistic is closer to 50% when we focus on female serial killers. A family in Russia apparently…
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A trio of serial killers with strange inspirations defies typical databases

By Katherine Ramsland    As I wade through literature on serial killers, sometimes I come across unique motivations. I offer three such cases below: 1) Across a period of 3 weeks back in May 1942, three women were found in Melbourne, Australia, strangled, bruised, and dumped on the streets. Their clothing was disheveled or torn to shreds.…
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The Key to understanding Body Language: How our limbic brain helps us to communicate honestly

Since writing “What Every Body is Saying” the question I am most often asked is, “What nonverbal behaviors should I be looking for and are they different at home, at work, or in relationships?” Perhaps this will help to clarify the matter. Somewhere in our hominid past, as with most animals, we developed the ability…
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Brain Scans might Predict Future Criminal Behavior

A new study conducted by "The Mind Research Network" in Albuquerque, N.M., shows that neuroimaging data can predict the likelihood of whether a criminal will reoffend following release from prison. The paper, which is to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, studied impulsive and antisocial behavior and centered on the anterior…
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