wait, so one murderer is trying to make it look like he's in a relationship with another murderer via internet forums?
Yes. He used internet forums to spread rumours that he was involved with Homolka. That didn’t get him much attention, so he then went to “publicly deny it” in a media interview. It wasn’t long -or any time at all- before people on the forums realized he was the one using different accounts to spread rumours about himself - that he was involved with Homolka.
But, I wonder if it was just something for him to use as his claim to fame sort of thing, or if he was obsessed with her in some way.
I saw you did some posts about that cannibal killer from Canada that they just caught. What do you think? is he crazy? They said he might of killed more people.
Well, I don’t like to speculate too much - there is simply not enough reliable information yet, and it drives me crazy when people go on television and act like they can diagnose him from reading a few newspaper articles.
I will say this - he has caught my interest! Think about this - here you have a guy who appears to have a delusional sense of grandeur - it seems to be beyond what I think you would see with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder - he sets up multiple user accounts on multiple different websites, and writes fan mail to himself, makes fan videos for himself (while pretending to be someone else). After reading the available information, and reading prior posts on message boards about it, I am convinced that he made up the rumours about him being involved with Karla Homolka himself, and tried to perpetuate those rumours as long as he could.
He does seem, so far, to have been quite functional - from his photos and personal accounts it seems like he has been able to maintain a certain lifestyle that allowed him to travel and such. So it’s not like he was wallowing in some crazed psychotic haze! He was able to maintain the appearance, for the most part, from what we can see, of being quite normal.
He appears to have been extremely angry when accused of being the kitten killer before, and wrote a threatening to letter to a newspaper.
He has previously written articles on Necrophilia, injustices done to him, and unfairness in the justice system in general, etc. They seem like obsessive ramblings that are the result of much rumination and a sense of grandiosity. The one thing I’ve seen that he has written that actually appeared to be done by a calm mind was his article about how a person can “disappear” if they want to, and he outlines how to do this, point by point. His suggested plan takes months of planning.
Now, he brings this guy home, records the dismemberment of this unfortunate young man, and posts it to the internet. He sends packages of body parts in the mail, with blood on the package that alerts someone to the grossness that it’s inside, and the packages are readily traceable back to his address. All the body parts that are easier to get rid of are gone (hopefully there aren’t more that are still sitting in Canada Post offices!), just the torso is left behind. There are blood stains, and it seems like there was barely any attempt to clean up the scene. He left a message scrawled on the wall. He then takes off and leaves the country, and can’t resist looking himself up on the internet - to bask in the notoriety or see if there is any clue that the police know where he is?
So, while the crime itself seems quite disorganized, it seems to fit with this picture we have of someone who may have been planning it for quite some time.
Everyone keeps saying that notoriety was his number one goal, and of course that is why he would post his video on the internet - but then why run?
My suspicion is that his behaviour could be largely impulsive - but won’t speculate about reasons for that:)
Oh - one more thing - I have seen and heard people comparing him to Dahmer and saying “what if Dahmer had recorded his murders?” No - this is not someone who is like Dahmer (except that he eats people, there is that).
And I’m not surprised that the media is speculating that there may be more victims - because this just isn’t sensational enough for them! Could there be? Who knows - something tells me this guy wouldn’t have been able to keep his damn mouth shut! But, like I said, we don’t really know yet:)
I want to be in the FBI BAU because of what I've seen on criminal minds. I know it's probably nothing like real life but I'm sure at least the job description is correct- catching serial killers based on their behavior/psychology. can you tell me about the job? or your job?
IRL - The FBI profilers spend most of their time reviewing documents, as far as I know they do not have a team to collaborate with on every case, and they do not travel to crime scenes on a private jet. Other than that, the show’s pretty good - oh yes, except that you will be lucky if the bad guy is actually caught, and I really doubt it’s going to be a profiler chasing him down:)
Profiles are usually created, and that information, along with possible proactive techniques and interview/interrogation suggestions are handed over to the police department handling the case. Usually, FBI profilers are brought in to provide the profile and that information and that’s it - unless it’s a big case don’t expect to be asked to stick around and actually look for the suspect.
I work on cold cases, so my job is even less exciting:) I review case files and interview anyone involved that I can - I then determine the type of homicide I think it is (or in cases of missing persons determine whether I think the individual left of their own free will or foul play is involved), and then if it is appropriate I will create a profile, create a list of suggestions (working on cold cases, there are many things that can be done now that weren’t available years ago) to investigate further, come up with a list of proactive techniques to use and interview methods that would likely be effective with this type of perp, and then I hand it over to the investigating police department and family that hired me.
Whether working in law enforcement or the private sector, I think both types of profilers should make constant learning and upgrading of their knowledge a priority - so I am always looking for new little courses to take and keeping up to date with investigative techniques in general. I have also taken courses that were basically the same as I may have taken years ago - because I think it’s always good to review the basic things I learned years ago, and also that course will include updated information I may have missed along the way. I recently took a course offered by ex-profiler Roy Hazelwood regarding serial sex offenders, and there were a few things that he talked about that I had not heard before, and some other things I had just forgotten about. SO - I would say that if you want to be as good at your job as possible, expect to be a student for your entire career as well - anyone who assumes they have learned it all is a fool.
What are some serial killers diagnosed with anti social disorder, or anyother psychological disorder? I'm doing a project and having a hell of a time finding one's who were actually diagnosed :/
You will probably find very conflicting reports about a lot of serial killers. For example, some would say Dahmer was legally insane and some would say he was not, he was just a psychopath. One psychiatrist diagnosed Ted Bundy with Bipolar Disorder.
I can’t recall off the top of my head which serial killers had an “official” diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder or Psychopath (though some would argue there is not “official” diagnostic criteria available). I believe Michael Ross’ therapist did interviews and stated he was a psychopath. A lot of any “official” diagnosis regarding psychopathy, you could probably find conflictual diagnoses for - depending on the clinician.
Antisocial Personality Disorder is one that you can often rule in or out just by knowing the history of the killer - for one thing, they would have had to meet the criteria for a Childhood Conduct Disorder to have the adult Personality Disorder diagnosis - we clearly see behaviour that would meet that criteria with some killers, such as Henry Lee Lucas, and there are some killers where people argue there was no such childhood pattern, such as with Bundy (who may have exhibited some disturbances in childhood but I really don’t think anything that would have met the criteria for a Conduct Disorder).
Even with killers who were, to me, quite clearly psychotic - such as Richard Chase or Herbert Mullin - we have a difficult time getting what would appear to be an appropriate diagnosis. I think Mullin absolutely had a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, and quite clearly endorsed the prodrome we usually see with the disorder - it all gets complicated once court proceedings begin and no one wants him to be able to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
If you are looking for some that are diagnosed with DSM-IV-TR psychiatric disorders, you should look for psychiatric reports regarding the psychotic killers. Dr. Park Dietz’s reports regarding Dahmer are probably available on the internet. A pretty good article about Dahmer is here
What's the difference between criminal psychology, forensic psychology and criminology?
Forensic psychology involves all aspects of psychology as it relates to the law - so not just criminal law but also civil and tort law. Criminal psychology is a part of forensic psychology, specifically dealing with the psychology of criminal behaviour.
Criminology is usually under the umbrella of sociology as opposed to psychology - so you’re going to be looking at criminal behaviour from a sociological point of view rather than psychological.
THEN there’s criminalistics, don’t get that confused with criminology - it is the more forensic science, crime-scene based stuff.
hey can you tell your followers about the missing person mickey shunick? she's a friend of mine and she has been getting national coverage but i want as many people as possible to know about her. we just want her home. this is cigarettemachine btw, i'm just not on my computer and didn't feel like logging in.
(CNN)Ballistics tests have linked the shooting deaths of two people along roadways in Mississippi, a source who has been briefed on the investigation said Thursday.
Investigators have raised the possibility that someone posing as a police officer is to blame for the shootings, which happened 55 miles apart. Profilers from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been asked to assist in the investigation.
In the first incident, Tom Schlender, 74, was found dead in his car about 1:30 a.m. in the median of an interstate highway last week. A few days later, Lori Anne Carswell, 48, was found dead outside her car on the shoulder of a state highway.