Tag: serial killers
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.
Former FBI special agent John Douglas spent his 25-year career with the Bureau interviewing hundreds of America's most infamous killers, from Charles Manson and Ted Bundy to the 'BTK Killer,' Dennis Rader and more. The 'Mindhunter' author talks to us about his new book, 'The Killer Across the Table,' and his tried-and-true interview techniques.
Ever since 'Golden State Killer' suspect Joseph DeAngelo was arrested in April 2018 after being tracked down with the help of an online DNA database typically used for tracking genealogy, crime-solving via genetic genealogy has increased. Last year, investigators made more than 20 arrests in cold cases. But given that there are thousands of murders in America every year, of which 40 percent go unsolved, why aren't DNA databases being used to solve even more crimes?
Glynn Martin is a retired officer from the Los Angeles Police Department and the author of 'Satan's Summer in the City of Angels' about the local community's response to the 'Night Stalker' serial murders. Martin shares his experience as a young cop in the L.A. area during Richard Ramirez's reign of terror with A&E Real Crime.
What is evil—and how do we measure it? Is it more evil to abduct and torture a stranger for days before ultimately letting them go, or to fatally shoot a spouse in a fit of jealous rage? We speak to clinical psychologist Dr. Gary Bucato, co-author of the new book, 'The New Evil,' about how he determined what acts are more evil than others and why serial killers aren't all categorized the same way.
Samuel Little murdered as many as 93 women, some almost a half century ago. But all these years later, he still remembers their faces. A&E Real Crime spoke with sociology and criminology professor Jack Levin, who explained how serial killers remember their victims and why these details are so important to them.