Getting Ready for the Upcoming Jodi Arias Trial

I have more recently been on a hiatus from the blog. I have been working on various other research projects but I plan to be writing quite regularly when the trial begins on September 29, 2014. Right now there is a media black-out but that could easily change. Judge Stevens has a history of changing… Read More »

It is Official: Jodi Arias Will Represent Herself At Sentencing Trial

So it looks like it’s official. Jodi Arias will be representing herself in her upcoming September trial. Michael Kiefer of the Arizona Republic was apparently in court today following the news. So too was Troy Hayden. Their tweets tell the story. Jodi Arias wants to represent herself. — Michael Kiefer (@michaelbkiefer) August 4, 2014 Jodi… Read More »

No Surprise Here: Jodi Arias Prepping to Defend Herself in Upcoming Trial

According to the website “The Trial Diaries,” Jen Wood, who attended the most recent Jodi Arias hearing, learned some interesting, though not entirely surprising news: Jodi Arias is prepping to represent herself at her upcoming sentencing trial. Big shocker, I think not. Jodi Arias’ ego demands that she do this. She is, after all, in… Read More »

Mentally Ill People Are Dying in Prisons

One by one, mentally ill people are dying behind prison walls. One of the latest atrocities is the death of 35-year old Christopher Lopez, a man with schizoaffective disorder who died in the presence of Colorado Department of Corrections prison staff who were too busy laughing and making small talk to pay him any attention.… Read More »

Important Facts About Mass Shooters From A Highly-Qualified, Retired FBI Profiler

Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole, senior FBI profiler/criminal investigative analyst (ret.), Behavioral Analysis Unit, and Editor-In-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Violence and Gender recently responded to Richard Freidman’s op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Why Can’t Doctors Identify Killers?” She disputes his conclusion that mass shootings are not predictable. If these crimes are not predictable,… Read More »

Weekend Reads

Check out these news stories I’ve been following: A Waffle House waitress tried to have her husband killed by her lover on Memorial day while she was out on a picnic with her kids. A bitter divorce ends in murder-suicide while the couple’s three children are in the home. California doctor is arrested for the… Read More »

Protect Yourself Against Psychopaths: A Unique Coaching Service

I recently had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with Louise Delahunty, PG DipCOT, founder of Psychopathy Awareness and Harm Reduction Coaching (PAHRC).  Louise is a mental health occupational therapist, coach and acupuncturist by background, trained under psychopathologist Sandra Brown M.A. in coaching survivors of psychopaths. PAHRC works to raise awareness of the impact… Read More »

Latest Ruling: Jodi Arias Remains Eligible for the Death Penalty

By now, you’ve probably heard the news. Jodi Arias remains eligible for the death penalty. It’s another loss for her defense team. Jodi Arias’s attorneys recently filed a motion asking Judge Sherry Stevens to dismiss the prosecutor’s ability to seek the death penalty. The reason for the request: Jodi’s mitigation specialist was banned from the… Read More »

Op-Eds Around the Net

More views of the latest mass shooting from around the net. James Garbarino, professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago. “What is most striking about killers is that for the most part, crazy or sane, they believe their acts of violence are justified. Rodger believed he was right to bring death to pretty women who… Read More »

Interesting Array of Opinions About Why Elliot Rodger Did It

#ElliotRodger was a product of a misogynistic society. His actions were a result of socially cultivated attitudes towards woman #YesAllWomen — Oliver Finlay (@oliver_finlay) May 26, 2014 And I've said it before & I'll say it again: Racist extremists are mentally ill. #ElliotRodger — Viola Drago (Mona) (@ghostwriter333) May 26, 2014 Reading #ElliotRodger "manifesto" reveals… Read More »

Everyone Has an Opinion: Tracking the Responses to this Latest Mass Shooting

SEVEN Dead Including Gunman in 'Mass Murder' California Shooting: http://t.co/jYUPtHCrFd #ElliotRodger #CaliforniaShooting #SADNews — Angel of Justice™ (@Christy_44) May 25, 2014 Maybe I am a cynic but the rhetoric about mass shootings has become predictable. Common themes to explain these massacres include: lax gun laws, mental illness, misogyny, chronic anger and rage, prescription medications, illicit… Read More »