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Looking For Psychopaths In All The Wrong Places: fMRI In Court

Of the current uses of psychiatry in legal settings, the claim that psychopaths can be identified through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is among the most worrisome.

Stanley Milgram: The Man Who Shocked The World

Hate and fear are two of the most powerful weapons this world has ever and will ever have. The massive murder machine that was Nazi Germany and its alliance knew how to manipulate these feelings in a way that started a series of events...

An Interview With True Crime Author Deividas Serevicius

Serial killers are an unique kind of individual. Their behaviour has fascinated psychologists, criminologists, journalists and the general public for years. To that end there is a never-ending stream of news reports, information articles,...

The O’Leary Family Murder

On 10th March 1924 a farmer named Michael Walsh was walking through a field in Kilkerran when he made a shocking discovery. Under a bush lay a sack which appeared to contain parts of a dismembered human corpse. A severed head lay some yards away...

Victorian Criminals: 100 Lives, Their Crimes and Their Punishments

Crime and punishment in the Victorian era was harsh.  The smallest of offences for Victorian criminals could see them in prison for months to years. In the years between 1842 and 1877 Britain saw...

10 Who Escaped the Hangman in Ireland

Over 750 years of British occupation of Ireland resulted in many Irish freedom fighters being put to death after rebelling against the crown. Rebels like Padraig Pearse, Roger Casement...

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...
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The Brain of Serial Killers And Psychopaths

The brutal crimes of serial killers are regularly considered to be evil, but what makes one person evil and another not? Neuroscience is becoming increasingly focused on the brains of serial killers and psychopaths in order to assess how they may be different and...
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...

Leopold And Loeb: A 1924 Plea for Mercy

Two bright, well-educated young students from up-town Chicago thought they had planned and executed the perfect murder. Leopold and Loeb were young men noted for their sharp minds and their wealth but used their intelligence for the most sinister of purposes. Leopold and Loeb became...

Does Our Modern Prison System Work?

Prison. This word conjures up images of big buildings with razor wire, locked gates and armed guards, enforced routine and a complete lack of freedom, or at least it does for me. I am disturbed by these images and fear ever being locked up...

David Koresh: The Rise and Fall Of The Branch Davidians

As one of the most memorable cult leaders, David Koresh was a man with arrogance and grandeur. The leader of the Branch Davidians, his followers flocked around him and remained dedicated to the end. In 1993 his empire came crashing down with a siege at...
Steven Avery Case - Making A Murderer

Steven Avery Case ‘Making A Murderer’: Proof Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

The recent Netflix documentary ‘Making A Murderer’ charting the Steven Avery case has sparked widespread debate and controversy. A complex case which has the nation questioning the fairness and reliability of the American criminal justice system. Steven Avery was wrongly convicted of rape in 1985...

Forensics Science And Dr Joseph Bell – The Real Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, the super sleuth who was as eccentric as he was brilliant, using techniques to discover information about a crime which others just couldn't see.  He could crack the hardest of criminal cases through observation and a flair of imagination, applying logic, thought...
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Media Coverage Of Mass Murders: Should A Shooter Be Named?

In every new mass shooting case, more documents, videos and social media messages are being found highlighting the thought patterns of an individual before they carry out a selfish and deadly attack on innocent victims. In amongst these remnants are often references to previous mass...

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