Dr. Michael Stone is the creator of a 22-point “Graduations of Evil” scale. If you’re a fan of the Investigation Discovery channel, you may have seen him featured on episodes of the show “Most Evil.” He is a forensic psychiatrist and a professor at Columbia University.
Individuals who score a 1 are the least malevolent and may have killed for justifiable reasons.
Two through 8 are impulsive murderers, typically driven to commit murder in a moment of rage or jealousy.
Individuals who rate 9 through 15 are considered semi-psychopaths. These individuals are not extremely psychopathic but may be psychotic and may have lost touch with reality.
Individuals who rank 16 through 22 are considered psychopaths on Dr. Stone’s scale. These are people who show extreme psychopathic tendencies and generally have no remorse. Individuals at the extreme evil end of the scale, might have engaged in the torture or mutilation of their victims.
An example of someone who scored a one on Dr. Stone’s scale is Cheryl Pierson. She was repeatedly molested by her father after her mother died. Her father was extremely rigid, bizarre and domineering. At the age of 17, she paid a classmate $400 to kill her father and was sentenced to six months in jail. Dr. Stone effectively considered this an act of self-defense.
Jeffrey Dahmer was ranked as 22 on Dr. Stone’s scale of evil.
Dr. Stone is considering adding the number 23 to his scale after hearing about the case of Sedley Alley. The details of at least one of his murders are so horrifying that I’ll leave it up to you to Google him to learn about what he did.
Ted Bundy scored a 17. Charles Manson scored a 15. Susan Smith: 10 (extremely egocentric, but not distinctly psychopathic).
So where does Jodi Arias score on Dr. Stone’s scale? When asked a few months back, he said:
“I put number nine [jealous lovers with marked psychopathic features] for Jodi Arias if she’s convicted, which seems likely. And that has to do with people who are in a state of rage and have some psychopathic traits. By psychopathic traits, I mean quality of charm and superficial lying and manipulativeness and callousness and lack of remorse. She has some of those. Those traits. But she’s not at the far end of the scale where there’s prolonged torture and things like that.”
Knowing what you know about Jodi Arias, what score would you give her?