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London Underground Serial Killer Kieran Patrick Kelly

Unique Amongst Men? London Underground Serial Killer: Kieran Patrick Kelly

Serial killer Kieran Patrick Kelly was a complex character and one that needs to be properly investigated and understood.
Some believe the infamous Jack The Ripper was in fact a Freemason and a Masonic cabal helped to cover his crimes and aid him in escaping justice.

Jack The Ripper: A Freemason?

One of the most famous alleged Masonic conspiracies surrounds one of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time. Since he spilled his last drop of blood in 1891, it has been whispered that Jack the Ripper was a Freemason.
Should people with brain disorders receive different punishment for crimes?

My Brain Made Me Do It: Will Neuroscience Change The Way We Punish Criminals?

The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news, research, analysis and commentary committed to knowledge-based, ethical and responsible journalism....
Electrical signals in human brain

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.
Violent and Agression - The Nature-Nurture Debate

Nature and Nurture: The Origins of Violence

There are so many aspects of human behaviour that still baffle us as researchers, scientists and psychologists.  Why some people exhibit violent and aggressive...
Brain scans

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...
Theodore Robert Bundy

Was Ann Marie Burr Ted Bundy’s First Victim?

She was an innocent blond child who got into the wind, snatched from her home in the dead of night and carried off into oblivion...
Mystery of the Jack The Ripper Identity

Jack The Ripper Identity Revealed As English Poet Francis Thompson

Famed English poet Francis Thompson is known for his intelligent poetry and elegant prose with renowned authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien being influenced by...

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