A look at serial killers and mass murderers - psychology and pathology

Even if you only watch one hour of news a week you have probably been flooded with reports on mass murders, serial killers, and other dangerous individuals who threaten us in random ways each day.  During this meetup we will be exploring some of the psychology and pathologies of these individuals (if you know specifics please bring them along), with an attempt to try and understand why they do the things they do.  In addition we will discuss the overlap with mental health issues and how policies, funding, and better treatment can help us cope with these individuals, whether its through treatment and prevention, identification or even prosecution.  This discussion will be informal and we hope to have a better understanding of what factors may contribute to these seemingly senseless crimes.  We welcome additional angles and topics others are interested in discussing as well. 

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  • Jill M.

    If you all really enjoy this, I recommend the Meetup group- The Plymouth Meeting True Crime Book Club-- we get into some really good books, discussions on serial murder, plus other pathologies. Love to have you. :) And, Andrea, thank you for the Netflix recommendation, I'm off to take a peak!

    July 9, 2014

  • Andrea

    Great Discussion! Here are a couple of links for those who are interested: First, a Nova episode on The Mind of A Rampage Killer (also on Netflix): http://video.pbs.org/video/2332614200/

    And, a statistical analysis about serial killers from Radford University's Serial Killer Database (who knew??): http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Serial%20Killer%20Information%20Center/Serial%20Killer%20Statistics.pdf

    July 9, 2014

  • Will B.

    This was a lively group of people and a great discussion.

    July 7, 2014

  • Beth R.

    Great conversation. Love the appreciation of diverse ideas and individualism. Hat's off the moderators!

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Jill M.

    You're killing me.. (winkwink).. I love this stuff, which is why I also belong to the True Crime Meet Up group- which also talks about such things. Next time I guess.....

    July 5, 2014

  • Patty

    It's compelling when you look at all the factors--genetics and environment--that can produce a serial killer or mass murderer. And no two of these kinds of people are exactly alike. Some are very intelligent, and it's very difficult to spot them until they commit their crimes. Even if mental health professionals find one of these kinds of criminals willing to cooperate with psychological testing, they're only studying that one criminal. What they find in that case doesn't necessarily teach them anything about these kinds of criminals in general.

    July 5, 2014

  • Jill M.

    Oh mannn! I'm not in town yet! I have to miss this.. been teaching a little forensic psych, so I'd love to hear this! Darn!!!

    July 1, 2014

  • Jay A.

    I am in the mental health field, and have my own views on what causes violent behavior. I hope to be able to share these views.

    June 30, 2014

  • harry m.

    insightful Barbara walters interview with father of recent mass murderer last week on 20/20

    June 29, 2014

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