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Crime Traveller
Exploring true crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal mind and brain through research and psychology.
Exploring true crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal mind and brain through research and psychology.
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Homicidal Thoughts May Be Key To Identifying Chronic Offenders
A surprisingly high number of people have admitted to having homicidal ideation, that is having active thoughts of killing someone. New research from Iowa State University looked at almost 900 criminal offenders and found 12% of them had evidence of homicidal ideation. They were the same offenders who began committing crime as young teenagers with many more arrests, convictions and prison sentences compared to those who did not show any homicidal ideation in their history.

#research #murder #psychology

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The Monster of Miramichi
Allan Legere was not a man who fitted in with the majority of friendly law-abiding citizens of the Miramichi region of Canada. He was a man with a checkered history and a violent temperament. Legere was well-known to the police and feared across the criminal fraternities in the area due to his intimidating demeanour, quick temper and preference to resort to violence to get what he wanted. In 1989, after an escape from custody he took the residents of Miramichi on a seven month long terror ride, murdering four and almost taking the life of a fifth before he was recaptured.

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Men Who Murder Their Girlfriends
Men who murder their wives and girlfriends and continue to do so throughout their life seem to be an increasing breed of selfish and arrogant individuals. When they have gotten away with murder once they feel this gives them the green light to do it again and again. This month we have seen another man convicted and jailed for the murder of not only one partner but a previous girlfriend also. Robert Trigg was found guilty of the murder of Susan Nicholson, in Worthing, West Sussex in 2011 and the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin, 5 years earlier in 2006. 

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THE PSYCHOPATH TEST
If you were asked to describe the word psychopath, what would come to mind? A serial killer? An evil master mind? Or maybe you would have a picture come into your head that resembles ‘Johnny’ from the cult film “The Shining”? The Psychopath Test is a fantastic book that Jon intricately weaves together with various people and stories to show us the darker side of mental health and how such individuals don’t just kill people, but rule our lives and run big businesses.

#books #psychopaths

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Disturbed Teen Kills 7-Year-Old Girl
This week in Yorkshire, England, a 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility after the murder of 7-year-old Katie Rough just days before her 8th birthday. In the days following Katie’s death, police discovered disturbed and macabre drawings inside the teenager’s bedroom alongside a note in her handwriting which read, “They are not human, they are not real”.

#crime #mheath #murder

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THE SNAPCHAT SELFIE MURDER
On 4 February 2015, school friends Maxwell Morton and Ryan Mangan, both 16-years-old, were fooling around with a handgun in Ryan’s bedroom in the city of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Maxwell claims he didn’t know it was loaded when he pointed it at his friend and pulled the trigger. After the gun fired, Maxwell Morton used his mobile phone to take a selfie, a close-up photo of himself inside Ryan’s bedroom. A photo taken at an angle to ensure behind a smiling Morton was Ryan Mangan, bloodied and shot with his life ebbing away. 

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The Seal Beach Mass Murder & The Jailhouse Snitch Scandal
On 12 October 2011, 41-year-old Scott Dekraai walked into a hair salon in Seal Beach, California armed with three handguns. Across two minutes, he shot nine people including his ex-wife before getting back into his vehicle and driving away. Dekraai pleaded guilty to mass murder when his case came to trial in March 2014 with the prosecution seeking the death penalty against him, however, his sentencing has repeatedly been delayed due to widespread concerns over the use of jailhouse informants by local prosecutors and sheriff deputies, in what is being called the ‘jailhouse snitch scandal’. 

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Rochdale 'Satanic' Child Abuse Scandal
In 1990, 20 children were taken from their homes and parents in a series of dawn raids in Rochdale, Manchester by local authorities. Social workers not only falsely believed these children were part of a child abuse ring, but that satanic rituals were being carried out involving witchcraft and devil worship including the killing of new-born babies, children being given hallucinogenic drugs and being subjected to extensive physical and sexual abuse.

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Love and Emotion in Female Adolescent Parricide
Parricide; the murder of one’s own parents is a crime usually carried out by men. However, in amongst these horrific murders have been cases of teenage girls taking it upon themselves, or via their idolised boyfriends, to murder their own parents. A common theme running across these murderous acts is all-encompassing teenage love, the protectiveness of parents forbidding this love and the anger and resentment this creates within their emotional teenage daughters.

#research #murder #psychology

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I Want To Be A Serial Killer
While many are fascinated by serial killers, their states of mind, motives and behaviours, few actually want to be one. The case of Stuart Harling in Essex, England is an unusual one. On 6 April 2006, Harling carried out his evil plan. Walking around Hornchurch with his ‘murder kit’ in a backpack he spotted 33-year-old nurse Cheryl Moss in the grounds of St George’s Hospital as she stood having a cigarette break. Donning his disguise and taking out his knife, Stuart Harling approached Cheryl and stabbed her over 70 times in a violent frenzy before dumping his backpack and running off.
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