Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving three life sentences for the brutal murder of his wife and two young daughters claims to have had a religious conversion behind bars and is now an evangelical Christian. Murderers David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and Karla Faye Tucker also claimed to have found or rediscovered God after being incarcerated. We speak with experts about why so many notorious criminals might make such claims while behind bars.
In December 2012, protests broke out across India after news of a horrific gang rape exploded into global view. The crime—the gang rape of 23-year-old physiotherapy student, Jyoti Singh, committed by six men on a bus in the capital territory of Delhi—was so brutal that it shocked the world and jolted the Indian legal system into reconsidering its protections for women.
Dr. Ashley Hampton, a licensed psychologist who works in the prison system with both victims and perpetrators of violent crime, tells us about how the traumatic childhoods of Charles Manson, Aileen Wuornos and Richard Ramirez may have shaped their adult behavior.
Gayani DeSilva, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist and author, tells us about the warning signs of Munchausen syndrome and why cases involving the disorder—like that of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard-—are so horrifyingly fascinating.