I have played chess with a serial killer. It was interesting to watch how his moves mimicked how he'd hunted victims. When he had the advantage, he gloated, and when he captured one of my pieces, he was "taking blood". He liked to suggest strategies and he focused on winning, which sometimes undermined him. (That's also how he got caught.) This got me to thinking about other … [Read more...] about Strategy Games and Serial Killers
Archives for October 2014
Every time there is a terrorist act or a mass murder, reporters start calling with questions on thepsychiatric diagnosis of the perp. The default position seems to be that every religious extremist or political fanatic or mass murderer must be crazy. How else to account for their weird behavior? Naming a diagnosis somehow satisfies a deep human need to explain what otherwise … [Read more...] about Are Religious and Political Extremists crazy?
The Georgia Court of Appeals just put parents on the hook for their children’s online activity. In adecision handed down on October 15, 2014, the judges stated that the parents were negligent in allowing a fake Facebook account created by their 13-year-old son to stay up for almost a year. Since they knew about it, were in control of the child’s computer and Internet access … [Read more...] about Parents held Liable for Kid’s Cyberbullying
On January 1st, 2008, fourteen year old Stefanie Rengel was murdered a few meters outside of her Toronto home. After receiving a mysterious phone call from someone she believed may have been a friend, Stefanie put on her shoes, told her younger brother that she would be right back, and ran out the door. She never returned. Leading a normal life one day, and suddenly being … [Read more...] about For Families touched by Homicide, the Media prolongs Pain
Whilst the murder rate in the United States is down as a whole the mass murder rate has been rising (USA Today, 2014). Many have been broadcasting the fact that we are seeing an overall decline in the murder rate in this country but, it is still a fact that, the United States has the highest violence and incarceration rates of all advanced nations in the world according … [Read more...] about Violence Risk Reduction Planning