Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
New findings from an exhaustive database show a low incidence of psychosis or serious mental illness in mass murder events.
A woman shoots her 11th husband five times, then claims hurricane PTSD, among other strange mental issues.
Risk-taking killers sometimes take time from their crimes to play a few games. Literally.
Older serial killers get little attention from researchers, but such data would assist with developmental studies of criminal psychology.
Some wannabe moms are so desperate for a baby they're willing to commit shocking crimes to get one.
A recent case in Russia made me think about why some killers turn their victims into "treats" for others.
The pandemic affected crime rates in both positive and negative ways, and there was steady news about serial killers.
A new documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper glosses over the primary hindrance to police identifying the killer much earlier—ignoring input from informed analysis.
The recent phenomenon of female admirers of serial killers like Ted Bundy has some historical precedent.
The mind can present a stage on which future killers mentally act out their deviant desires.
Clothing affects how we think and feel; that's true for killers as well.
HBO's documentary on forensic psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis considers how we treat mentally disordered violent offenders in an outdated court system.
A consultant for "Killing Eve" describes his time among psychopathic offenders, to show how different they can be from one another.
A forensic scientist and criminologist once explored the spirit world, surprising himself with what he believed afterward.
Seeking the same type of victim offers mental cues that improve the predator's speed and efficiency.
A case history of a man claiming to be a serial killer seems more like misplaced attention-seeking than a psychological disorder.
Some children subjected to negative conditions grow up to become killers. Herein, three ways to influence this.
A number of serial killers have used their position as cops, or have posed as such, to carry out their predatory activities. The Golden State Killer is among them.
Some serial killers have a favorite place for dumping or burying their victims, so they can return and relive their sense of power.
A journalist discovers a family secret that leads back to mob murders and secret lives of relatives whose past remakes the family identity.
Death cafes offer ways to ponder and discuss death, anxiety over mortality, and what it all means for our lives.
If you love horror movies, you'll want to find out what inspired your favorites and gave them that unsettling edge.
Archival documents from a notorious serial killer provide a window into his soul and shed light on barbarous prison practices.
Some serial killers remove items from victims to keep as trophies or souvenirs, risking capture to enjoy the pleasure of reliving their conquests.
A Canadian case illustrates the potential violent dynamic of grudge hoarding and loss of control under difficult conditions.
In the wake of serial killers coming up for possible release, some offspring have opposed it. Their response is just one of a variety of ways that daughters react.
A bizarre case from nearly 30 years ago leaves four murders unsolved and a possible killer eluding justice.
Effective teamwork contributes to a unique reality show.
Some predators with the intention to harm match their ruse to a potential victim's desire; posing as professional photographers has worked in several contexts.
Signature analysis for serial murder shows the utility of learning about the style and function of knots.
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University and the author of 60 books.