True Crime Psychology and Personality: Narcissism, Psychopathy, and the Minds of Dangerous Criminals
FEMALE KILLERS: Justine Damond

FEMALE KILLERS: Justine Damond

July 3, 2020

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FEMALE KILLERS: Sarah Marie Johnson

FEMALE KILLERS: Sarah Marie Johnson

June 26, 2020

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FEMALE KILLERS: Aileen Wournos

FEMALE KILLERS: Aileen Wournos

June 25, 2020

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FEMALE KILLERS: Casey Anthony Mental State and Personality

FEMALE KILLERS: Casey Anthony Mental State and Personality

June 25, 2020

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FEMALE KILLERS: Gypsy Rose Part 2

FEMALE KILLERS: Gypsy Rose Part 2

June 25, 2020

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FEMALE KILLERS: Nannie Doss, the Giggling Grandma

FEMALE KILLERS: Nannie Doss, the Giggling Grandma

March 13, 2020

This podcast examines the construct of female serial killers' behavior versus what we would expect with male serial killers. In particular, we focus on the female serial killer named Nannie Doss, otherwise known as “the giggling grandma”.

When it comes to female serial killers, one of the weird things is that for a long time a lot of people didn't even believe that women were capable of serial murder. A lot of the early definitions of the term serial killer were limited to murders that involved a sexual component, but the crimes of female serial killers rarely involve a sexual component. Some experts have argued that there's no such thing as a female serial killer. We see that 98% of female serial killers are white, and they start at around age 31 to 38. They tend to kill female and male victims with about equal frequency. The average number of victims of female serial killers is about 6 and the average victim age is around age 48. In terms of targeting, we see that 30% of female serial killers killed both and children, 45% killed only adults, and 25% killed only children. We also see that female serial killers generally murder within their local area. Female serial killers tend to kill victims by poisoning, suffocation, and staged accidents.

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Citations

Harrison, M. A., Murphy, E. A., Ho, L. Y., Bowers, T. G., & Flaherty, C. V. (2015). Female serial killers in the United States: means, motives, and makings. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 26(3), 383–406.

Harrison, M. A., Hughes, S. M., & Gott, A. J. (2019). Sex differences in serial killers. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Frei, A., Völlm, B., Graf, M., & Dittmann, V. (2006). Female serial killing: review and case report. Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health, 16(3), 167–176.

FEMALE KILLERS: Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Munchausen by Proxy

FEMALE KILLERS: Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Munchausen by Proxy

March 6, 2020

This episode examines the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, as well as questions like was her sentence fair? Should she be released early? What was the role of Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another)?

In 2016, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was convicted of second-degree murder for the 2015 murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. In 2018, Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s conspirator, Nicholas Godejohn, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The case has attracted attention because it has been alleged that Dee Dee Blanchard had symptoms of Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy and abused Gypsy Rose Blanchard for years.

Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy is a rare disorder where a perpetrator, usually the parent or other caregiver, intentionally induces, falsifies, or exaggerates manifestations of physical or mental health symptoms in another person under his/her care and in which no obvious external incentives (e.g., financial gain) are involved.

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Citations

Sokmensuer, H. (2017). A Daughter Trapped, a Mother Murdered Fatal Family Secrets. People, 87(22), 64. https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/cri...

https://www.news-leader.com/story/new...

https://www.biography.com/news/gypsy-...

https://www.change.org/p/missouri-gov...

CASE: Harold Fish Murder Case and the Dark Triad

CASE: Harold Fish Murder Case and the Dark Triad

February 28, 2020

This episode looks at the mental health and personality aspects in the Harold Fish murder case. What dark triad traits do we see in this case? The Harold Fish murder case was an unusual self-defense situation that turned into a second-degree murder conviction. There has been speculation about how the dark triad traits may have influenced the outcome of this case. 

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Citations

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/az-court-...

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15199221/ns...

http://www.haroldfishdefense.org/welc...

DARK TRIAD: Sexual Fantasies and Subtle Signs

DARK TRIAD: Sexual Fantasies and Subtle Signs

February 21, 2020

This episode discusses the dark triad of personality which includes psychopathy, narcissism, and machiavellianism. Particular attention is made to types of sexual fantasies in general and specifically fantasies amongst those with "dark personalities." The first sexual fantasy is “intimate.” This is the most common fantasy. Here we see a sense of attachment and familiarity. This is when somebody wants to connect with a sexual partner at the emotional level. The next sexual fantasy is referred to as “exploratory.” Here we see a commission of diverse acts, like mate swapping or promiscuity. The third one is the “impersonal” fantasy. Here we see characteristics like being emotionally detached and disinterested, for example, fetishism. The last sexual fantasy theme is the "sadomasochistic" fantasy. Here we see causing or submitting to physical or emotional abuse. 

We also discuss some subtle signs associated with the dark triad.  When we think of the dark triad, we think of narcissism as the ‘lightest trait’ and psychopathy as the ‘darkest trait.’ These different traits have characteristics in common like empathy deficits, selfishness, a short-term mating style, as well as being competitive, antisocial, hedonistic, and having antagonism. 

Narcissism in the dark triad is really grandiose narcissism. We see characteristics like arrogance, being socially dominant, being self-centered, a sense of entitlement, and a tendency to manipulate others (we see this characteristic with all three of the dark triad traits). Psychopathy characteristics include callousness; a lack of empathy, remorse, or guilt; violating society's norms; being irresponsible; being impulsive; having shallow effect; and superficial charm. The trait of Machiavellianism includes antisocial behaviors, but they're usually conceptualized as white-collar crime. We also see cynicism, having good impulse control (so this would differentiate Machiavellianism from psychopathy), callousness and being goal-oriented (usually we conceptualize the goal as being negative).

Timestamps:

00:30 - Dark triad and sexual fantasies

09:40 - Subtle signs

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Citations

Baughman, H. M., Jonason, P. K., Veselka, L., & Vernon, P. A. (2014). Four shades of sexual fantasies linked to the Dark Triad. Personality and Individual Differences, 67, 47–51.

Valentine’s Day Special: The Chris Watts and Nichol Kessinger Affair

Valentine’s Day Special: The Chris Watts and Nichol Kessinger Affair

February 14, 2020

This episode discusses how did the dynamics of the Chris Watts-Nichol Kessinger affair contributed to the Watts family murders. The dynamics in this affair appear to be a critical factor in this case. One theory of the dynamics is that Chris Watts was introverted and insecure and Nichol Kessinger was confident, extraverted, and experienced in romantic relationships. This may have led to a power differential that unintentionally contribute to the horrific murders. This episode also reviews the role that immaturity, the passionate stage of romance, and impulsivity may have had in this case. 

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Citations

Westfall, S. S., Frederick, S. H. I., Baker, K., Boudin, M., & Truesdell, J. (2018). The Watts Family Murders SECRETS & LIES. People, 90(12), 52.

Westfall, S. S., Baker, K. c., & Helling, S. (2018). The Watts Family Murders A MONSTER’S DOUBLE LIFE. People, 90(25), 63.