The breaking news on December 15 reported a black banners flag - the emblem of Jabhat el-Nusra and linked to Al Qaeda - being held against the window of a Lindt chocolate store in downtown Sydney, Australia. A lone gunman inside had taken 17 people hostage, both employees and customers. Eighteen hours later, amidst flash bang grenades and automatic weapons … [Read more...] about The Lone Terrorist in the Workplace
Hedonist Lust Killers must feed their insatiable hunger
A popular myth about serial killers is that they are all motivated by sex. Although sex is a motive for approximately half of all serial killers, it is typically found in conjunction with other motivations such as anger, power and control or monetary gain. Hedonist lust killers are a glaring exception to this rule. Sex is the primary motivation for hedonist lust killers … [Read more...] about Hedonist Lust Killers must feed their insatiable hunger
Has the “Criminal Mind” Changed?
I was telling a friend that an updated version of Inside the Criminal Mind is about to be published in paperback by Broadway Books. Familiar with my two earlier editions, he seemed puzzled and inquired, “Has the criminal mind changed?” It’s a reasonable question. The criminal mind that has preoccupied my practice of forensic psychology for forty-four years has … [Read more...] about Has the “Criminal Mind” Changed?
Serial Killers and the essential Role of Fantasy
After many years of research, the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI has concluded that serial killers program themselves inchildhood to become murderers through a progressively intensifying loop of fantasy. The definition of fantasy in this context is an elaborate mental thought with great preoccupation that is anchored in the daydreaming process. Fantasy can be experienced … [Read more...] about Serial Killers and the essential Role of Fantasy
John Stege, an honest Cop who spent his life attacking Chicago mobsters and bandits
John Stege was a true Chicago rarity, an honest cop who made it to Captain. Stege spent his life attacking Chicago mobsters and bandits, but his greatest success came as a result of the murder of 26 years old County Prosecutor William McSwiggin, who had vainly prosecuted several gangsters. In April 1926, Westside gang leaders Klondike and Myles O'Donnell were … [Read more...] about John Stege, an honest Cop who spent his life attacking Chicago mobsters and bandits