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Violence and aggression in males

The Warrior Gene: Genetics and Criminology

A number of research studies claim that a simple gene mutation affecting only men plays a crucial role in violent aggression. Furthermore, this is a gene variant that may be present in 30-40% of the male population. Labelled the warrior gene, a low activity...
Predicting criminal behavior using brain imaging.

Can Criminal Behavior Be Predicted Using Brain Scans?

Is the criminal brain different from the non-criminal brain? Being able to scan the functioning brains of living individuals has allowed us to make giant steps forward in trying to answer this question. The idea that there may be differences in the brain of...
The insanity defence in murder trials

How The Insanity Defence Against A Murder Charge Works

Arlie Loughnan, University of Sydney A Melbourne man was found not guilty this week of murdering a homeless man by reason of mental impairment. The man, Easton Woodhead, who suffers from schizophrenia, killed Morgan Perry, believing Perry had stolen his motorcycle. A Supreme Court jury...
The electric chair and two people's faces

Jury Decisions: The Role of Facial Trustworthiness

According to new research, the perceived trustworthiness of a person’s face can influence the decision making of a jury. More importantly, it can play a part in condemning an individual to death. Sitting on a jury in a death penalty case is complex business. In...

Murder For Slenderman: Fiction Vs Reality In Children

In 2014 in Waukesham, Wisconsin two 12 year old girls led their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. When in police custody they talk of ‘Slender Man’, a fictional internet character which according to them, drove them to kill. "...Well yeah. He...
The Columbine Effect

Columbine Effect and Mass School Shootings

The Columbine High School mass shooting on 20th April 1999 signified a terrifying change in mass violence and the use of guns in schools, to the extent that this phenomenon has been named the Columbine Effect. Thirteen people were killed on that day with...

Wrongful Imprisonment In The UK

The UK has seen its fair share of wrongful convictions. As a result 23 British Universities have their own Innocence Projects, fighting to clear the name of individuals in prison for crimes they did not commit. The public perception of wrongful imprisonments is that they...
Serial Killer Signatures - Photos of Serial Killers

5 Terrifying Serial Killer Signatures

In films, books, and crime dramas, serial killers tend to leave dramatic signatures behind. The killer in the 1980 film Maniac scalped his victims to use their hair on his mannequins...

Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences – Are They Justified?

The United States of America is currently the only country in the world to actively sentence juveniles to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.To class as a juvenile, the age at which the crime was committed must be under 18 years. Current figures...

Death Of Jeffrey Dahmer – Murder Of A Serial Killer

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys over a period of 13 years before he was caught in 1991. He was a serial killer who openly admitted his crimes. He detailed his kills and his engagement in necrophilia along with the cannibalistic nature of...

Daniel Bartlam – Teens Who Kill

Daniel Bartlam was still a child at 14 years of age when he murdered his mother, Jacqueline Bartlam, at their home in Nottingham in April 2011. On that evening he went into to his mother’s room where she was sleeping and attacked her repeatedly...

Joanna Dennehy: The Psychology of A Female Serial Killer

In a rare case of a female serial killer, 31 year old Joanna Dennehy stabbed three men to death within days of each other. Intent on matching the nine kills of Bonnie & Clyde, she stabbed a further two men in the street. Arrested and...
Psychological profiling - understanding the criminal mind

Robert Ressler: Psychological Profiling Of Serial Killers

Mapping the minds of killers is no small undertaking. Robert Ressler was the man who developed psychological profiling at the FBI Behavioural Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia. Along with his colleague John Douglas, he was involved in some of the highest profile serial killer cases...

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