A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.
From Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Ranes family produced two brothers who become serial killers at different times and under different circumstances, neither one knowing about the other. On October 18, 1972, a young man named Koster, a former partner in crime with Danny Ranes, made a plea deal, and led police the body of Linda Fearnow, implicating Ranes in the murder.
Writer Denise Noe shares her correspondence with Columbus Stocking Strangler Carlton Michael Gary. The death row inmate has very neat, if unusual, handwriting, and a unique way with sentence structure.
On October 4, 2002, Yates, the Spokane Serial Killer, was sentenced to death for the murders of Melinda Mercer and Connie LaFontaine. Yates is known to have murdered at least 13 women, though many more victims have been attributed to him. The most remarkable thing about this violent murderer of prostitutes, however, was how utterly unremarkable and ordinary he seemed in his stable family life.
On September 21, 2002, Angelo Buono was found dead in prison. Buono and his psychopathic cousin, Kenneth Bianchi, turned torture into an unspeakable art form as they experimented on their young victims.
On August 22, 1949, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, the Lonely Hearts Killers, convicted in three murders, but suspected in as many as 20, were sentenced to death. The Lonely Hearts Murders, which seductively entwined voodoo magic, kinky sex and personal ads, became one of the most sensational cases of the 1940s, and the inspiration for several Hollywood movies.
On August 13, 1980, Bundy was arraigned for the murder of John Murray, and ordered held without bail. Bundy had shared her lover Doug Clark’s warped fantasies of torture, captivity, murder and necrophilia, but eventually reported him to police after he killed her stepsisters.
A scary collection of classic murder cases in which the ghosts of the victims continue to dwell in the places they were killed.
Convicted Frankson Serial Killer, Paul Denyer is being investigated in as many as four prison rapes. Denyer, who is serving a 30-year minimum sentence in Australia’s Port Philips Prison for murdering three women in 1993: Elizabeth Stevens, 18, Debbie Fream, 22, and Natalie Russell, 17, Stated at the time his motive was hatred of women.
Whether created out of boredom, greed, or for purposes of therapy, violent offenders find a ready market for their drawings, paintings, poetry and song.