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Author and criminologist Judith A. Yates attributes a minimum of 20 victims to America’s first serial killers, Micajah & Wiley Harpe, who rather than bringing “peace on earth and good will to all men,” sought to exterminate the entire human race. Similarly, whenever Ted Bundy went “walking in a winter wonderland” it was in the snowy mountains of Washington or Colorado – landscapes strewn with the ravaged corpses of his 30+ female victims.
Kevin M. Sullivan – author, Bundy researcher, and retired preacher – looks at arguably the most infamous serial slayer in American history, and his victims – known and potential. In her true crime debut, forensic psychologist Joan Swart goes above and beyond to tell us the tale of America’s most prolific homosexual sadist. With possibly a higher body count than Bundy and the Harpes combined, Randy Kraft may have actually rung in the New Year by torturing, killing, and mutilating several of the over 60 young men whose lives he appears to have extinguished.
Lee Mellor, author, criminologist, and SKQ editor-in-chief, writes of the 22 strangulation-slayings and post-mortem rapes perpetrated across the USA and in Canada by “Gorilla Murderer” Earle Leonard Nelson during the mid-1920s, as well as 10+ cold-blooded murders linked to “Coin-Shop Killer” Charles T. Sinclair throughout the Eighties. Spokane prostitute killer Robert Lee Yates – another necrophile – has admitted to shooting 16 victims and defiling their bodies, but author and journalist Karen D. Scioscia asks: were there more?
Are you full of holiday cheer yet? Well, at least we know that Christmas was truly a time for family in the Bender household – even if their feasts were purchased with the money they stole from the people rotting under their floorboards.
Dane Ladwig looks at the more than 20 hammer murders believed to have been committed by The Bloody Benders in the mid-nineteenth century.
Cuddle up with a nice piping mug of hot chocolate, because after reading “Body Harvest” there isn’t a blanket in the world that will stop you from getting the chills.
‘Tis the Season to be Grinning.
- America’s first serial killers Micajah & Wiley Harpe
- “Co-ed Killer” Ted Bundy
- Randy Kraft kills 60+
- “Gorilla Murderer” Earle Leonard
- “Coin-Shop Killer” Charles T. Sinclair
- Spokane prostitute killer Robert Lee Yates
- Hammer time with the Bloody Benders
Interested in criminal profiling?
There has been a general fascination with criminal profiling since it became all the hype in the past two decades. The popularity of television shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Profiler in the 1990s, Criminal Minds from 2005, and the hugely popular 1991 cult film The Silence of the Lambs propelled behavioral analysis into the limelight.
Want to know how criminal profiling works?
This book explains how criminal profiling techniques, despite some well-deserved criticism, can be a valuable tool, a cog in the larger wheel of the overall criminal investigation, if applied correctly. It reveals aspects about a likely offender that makes it easier to predict his personality and behavior, thereby limiting the suspect pool and guiding the criminal investigative team.
Want to read fascinating real-life cases?
Read how the FBI and Investigative Psychology models developed on the foundations laid by the earlier pioneers of behavioral science. The principles and methods of both models are explored and illustrated at the hand of multiple case studies that include the “Mad Bomber”, Ted Bundy, Aileen Wuornos, and the “Vampire of Sacramento.” The concept of geographical profiling is also explored and underlying psychosocial and biological theories of criminal behavior explained.
About the author
JOAN SWART is a Forensic Psychologist, who completed her doctorate at the Eisner Institute for Professional Studies based in Encino, CA. Her activities include consulting, research, writing, and lecturing, mainly in the areas of criminal behavior and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She lives in the beautiful southern town of Paarl, South Africa with her two rescue pugs. Her personal endeavor is to understand humankind better and spread this knowledge to improve its condition one person at a time.
Forensic psychology plays an increasingly important role in criminal investigations and legal decision-making. Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook guides readers through the practical aspects of homicide cases across the entire criminal justice system, from the investigative process to the criminal trial process, and beyond. Each chapter contains a description and analysis of selected cases and offenders, and provides a crime narrative and offender narrative to illustrate the underlying theory and practical considerations of homicide investigations. Criminal justice students and practitioners alike will benefit from the comprehensive scope of this text.
In order to ensure fair and efficient criminal justice practices in the field of forensic investigation, there is still a need for conformity and standardization of sound protocols and approaches based on improved knowledge and education. This book is part of that effort to understand homicidal behavior and offenders better in order to prevent similar crimes.
Read this book if you're interested in the quirks of the human mind
You probably haven't heard of many of these mental health conditions, but they exist. This book takes readers through a journey of the 20 strangest and most unbelievable tricks that the mind can play with our thoughts and beliefs.
From firmly believing that a person is already dead (Walking Corpse Syndrome), obsessions to have a healthy limb amputated (Apotemnophilia), to developing sympathy for a kidnapper (Stockholm Syndrome), believing that loved ones had been replaced by strangers (Capgras Syndrome), and many more, these conditions are explained through examples and scientific facts.
Multiple personalities and assassination attempts
Some of the conditions are better known than others because of exposure in the media, films, and books. For instance, Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as multiple personalities were featured in films like Sybil, erotomania was the direct cause of John Hinckley's assassination attempt of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and Munchausen Syndrome plays a part in the movies Sixth Sense and Gone Girl.
It gets weirder still...
Then, there are those who believe that they are an animal, and act accordingly (Lycanthropy), that their hand functions against their will (Alien Hand Syndrome), and have a craving to eat sand, glass, and other non-nutritious material (Pica), to name only a few more.
Interested to read more? This book explains each disorder, with examples, symptoms, assessment, and treatment information.
Are you worried about your, or someone else’s drinking?
Although the AA 12-step abstinence-based program is often helpful, many people can moderate their drinking on their own or with professional help. Designed by an experienced psychologist, the program offered in this book helps people to take control of their drinking by teaching them how to think about and address their drinking habits.
Based on scientifically proven methods and techniques
The principles and techniques offered in this program are according to the science contained in the mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach.
Wants to feel empowered to tackle you drinking in your own way?
The program empowers people to control their drinking according to their own lifestyle and values.
8 Simple, easy-to-follow sessions
The book is divided into eight simple sessions that provide readers with definitive tools to help them discover their own personal road to positive change to learn them control their drinking and develop a healthier lifestyle.
A doable plan of action
The program is designed to provide a comprehensive but doable plan of action whereby the reader learns new ways to enjoy social events, defuse tension and stress, and cope with difficult emotions, thereby building healthier relationships at home and work.
More than 30 techniques and exercises
The program offers more than 30 exercises to identify various aspects connected with drinking behavior, including problem situations, thoughts, feelings and formulate more appropriate responses to triggers and urges. Also included in the self-help program are many:
* helpful forms and worksheets
* guided meditation exercises with audio links
* quick, practical mindfulness practices
* useful tips to maintain gains
What are you waiting for? Take the next step to a better, happier YOU!
These step-by-step instructions for breaking the habit of problem drinking are highly practical, thoroughly explained, easy to follow, and monitor your progress. So, inside this life-affirming book is the new beginning you're looking for.
Whether you are sometimes worried that drinking is ruining your life, or perhaps a parent or family member was alcoholic and you don’t want to follow in their footsteps, this program is for you. Give it a try and PLEASE provide feedback; good or bad, every input will be read and applied to make future editions even better!
Forensic Psychology applies the science and principles of psychology to answer legal questions.
One of the exciting and appealing depictions of Forensic Psychology on films, television, and the news media is tracking down killers with the help of psychology. Although this is a function that Forensic Psychologists fulfill in certain careers, it is by far not the only role participated in, although it is also important.
Almost half a million people are murdered worldwide each year!
If we assume that two percent of these (which exclude war, terrorism, and armed conflict deaths) die at the hands of serial and mass killers, and four victims per perpetrator, there are about 2,500 of these offenders active in any year. As they cause great devastation in communities, important work is done by Forensic Psychologists to understand and prevent these homicides. But, Forensic Psychologists contribute much more to the whole criminal and civil justice systems than this!
Forensic Psychologists fulfill other important roles in addition to analyzing killers!
In fact, a Forensic Psychologist gets involved in the entire justice process, from research to understand criminal behavior, identifying, convicting, sentencing, assessing, and rehabilitating offenders, to civil and family courts.
Some of the functions typically performed within Forensic Psychology include:
•Evaluations of the risk of reoffending
•Testimony as an expert witness
•Child custody evaluations
Today, just more than 10 years after the recognition of Forensic Psychology as a separate specialty field by professional organizations, most professionals are employed in prison systems in developed countries.
There are about 9 million prisoners worldwide, including over 2 million in the U.S.
Research has found that a sizeable proportion of prisoners suffer from mental illnesses such as personality disorders, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and psychosis. Forensic Psychologists perform an important role to assess, predict risk, and treat these prisoners.
Therefore, you will enjoy this book if you:
•Enjoy learning about the law and how psychology can contribute to the justice system
•Are interested in resolving crisis situations and helping victims
•Like to use analytics to make objective decisions about the human mind and behavior
•Believe that all persons are entitled to be treated fairly in legal proceedings
•Are convinced that deeply disturbed and dangerous persons can sometimes be helped
But, most of all, Forensic Psychology is a fascinating and evolving field of expertise as it peers into the complex human mind and tries to understand and predict human behavior. It is a formidable task, but science takes us forward one step at a time.
About the author:
Joan Swart is a Forensic Psychologist practitioner, author, and lecturer specializing in personality disorders, behavioral analysis, and risk assessment violent perpetrators. Her Amazon author page can be viewed at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00VGHJDXQ, and her LinkedIn profile is available at http://www.linkedin.com/in/joansw. Also stay updated with her latest books and publications by joining her Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/ForensicPsychDr or her Twitter page at https://twitter.com/ForensicPsychDr.
What made men, often seemingly average, commit disturbing acts of extreme violence against fellow countrymen, women, and children? Can they be stopped?
I needed to look into their minds, not only to understand their values and beliefs and how these translate into behavior, but also how they are manipulated for someone else’s agenda.
Thus, my journey began…this study is just the first few steps thereof.
It is my hope that answering the question whether there are similarities between homicide behavior in peacetime and armed conflict will add value to homicide research and guide efforts to deal with the issue. Analyses of a selection of case materials of homicide acts against noncombatants in armed conflict settings established that the profile, psychology, and motivation of perpetrators are mostly different in armed conflict than in peacetime.
Even so, some overlaps were found between solo and small group perpetrators committing unsanctioned homicides in armed conflict, lone wolf terrorists, and peacetime mass murderers, as well as between sanctioned homicides in armed conflict and organized terrorism.
However, a major challenge in the understanding and reaction to homicide in armed conflict is the conflicting interpretation of concepts such as civilian status, justified deliberate targeting, and acceptable collateral damage in different laws and ideologies such as International Humanitarian Law and Shari’ah law.
A new take on therapeutic mindfulness with specific applications to troubled and delinquent youth is the focus of this innovative text. It introduces Family Mode Deactivation Therapy (FMDT) and its core concepts and methodologies, differentiating it from other cognitive and mindfulness therapies for adolescents with problem behaviors and comorbid conditions. Step by step applications of FMDT from case conceptualization to assessment and treatment are featured, with detailed case studies demonstrating its effectiveness in treating mood disorders, aggressive behavior and trauma and guidelines for its use with abusive families and other complex cases. The book's depth of clinical detail and appendix of therapist tools make it especially practical.
Included in the coverage:
- A comparison of MDT with other cognitive approaches.
- The empirical status of MDT.
- Mindfulness in MDT process, and in the treatment room.
- FMDT and sexual offender youth.
- MDT and mindfulness in the context of trauma.
- Treating the "untreatable": FMDT and challenging populations.
While Treating Adolescents with Family-Based Mindfulness is immediately useful to practicing psychotherapists, it should also be of interest to other professionals with a role in adolescent health care, such as policymakers, social workers, supervisors, juvenile corrections and youth center personnel and students and researchers.
Drama is an approximation and celebration of life.Through intentional and organized dramatic expression many benefits can be realized. Drama therapy is a recognized and proven therapeutic approach that uses dramatic and theater techniques to reduce psychological distress, improve happiness and personal growth, and rebuild interpersonal relationships and self-confidence. Drama therapy incorporates the following techniques, methods, and instruments:
•Narrative and storytelling
•Masks, costumes, and props
Drama therapy has a long and rich historyAs a form of psychotherapy, the use of theater and drama has a long and rich history that has especially developed in the past 100 years. The first applications were in psychiatric hospitals and prisons, from where its success spurred on advances in other settings and populations, including:
•Children and adolescents
•Domestic abuse victims
•Combat veterans and other traumatized groups
•Mentally ill patients with a wide array of conditions
Drama therapy is a unique approach that resonates with many peopleOver time the potential of drama therapy became apparent as its unique approach and application resonated with people of all ages, abilities, cultures, and beliefs, by providing a safe haven for them to express their hopes and dreams, and develop new future alternatives. The use of drama therapy has proven to…
•Improve personal growth
•Enhance happiness and satisfaction
•Reduce distress and mood problems
•Produce insight and catharsis
Learn how drama therapy leads to catharsis and life improvementAs such, this text introduces how drama therapy is applied and works and will be of interest to…
•psychology students and professionals,
•persons interested in exploring new options to achieve personal growth and development,
•enrich your life,
•establish new connections,
•and rebuild problematic relationships,
•or have someone else in mind who does
Drama therapy has such great value and potential that it is my endeavor to introduce as many people as possible to the principles and concepts that have already enriched and improved many lives.
Change your thinking to change your lifeAre you fascinated by the human mind? Do you have a deep desire to understand how personality beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors fit together to play a controlling role in our daily functioning and emotional states? If so, then cognitive psychology will definitely be of interest to you.
Behavior follows thinkingCognitive theory was developed to answer and explain these questions. The principles and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, was formulated as a result to enable professionals to assist clients effectively to relieve psychological distress and behavioral problems. But, as it is a relatively simple system to learn and apply, each of us can find the benefit in our own lives.
CBT is arguably the most widely used, versatile, and established psychotherapy approach available today. Throughout the pages of this publication, you will learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy and how to get started to apply the methods in your own life and others who you wish to assist to improve their lives and relationships.
You will also learn the following in greater detail about the…
•Basic theory and development of CBT
•Distinctive characteristics of CBT
•Benefits of mindfulness
•Applications of CBT
As well as exploring…
•What to expect in a CBT session
•How to assess and formulate a CBT program
•How to deliver an effective CBT plan
•Conducting helpful mindfulness exercises
People are disturbed by the view they take of thingsCognitive behavioral therapy is a powerful tool that will help you on your journey to affect positive change in yourself and others. This book will help you understand how to do that and why it works. “Get to Know Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” contains proven principles and techniques on how to improve your and others’ inner experiences and life on a deep and sustainable level. In the process you will learn practical ways to change behavior by changing your thinking.
I hope that you will join me in taking action right away to start (or continue) your journey toward changing destructive habits that you may not have been aware of or understood in the past. It is my sincere conviction that even a basic knowledge of the mechanisms and application of CBT will help you and those around you to have a more fulfilling and satisfying life with healthier and deeper connections.