On January 27, 2018, 34-year-old Bryan Lawson shot and killed his wife, Beth Lawson, in their Tennessee home, the explosively violent climax to their abusive relationship. Many would assume Bryan was the abuser, inflicting brutality against Beth. But it was actually Beth—a former National Guard service member—who regularly assaulted Bryan, who was disabled.
Drugs are killing Americans in record numbers, but not everyone is being hit equally hard. Police and public-health workers battling the problem near Interstate Highway I-65—which runs south-to-north through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana—are at its front lines. The highway is a supply line favored by Mexican cartels flooding Appalachia and the Midwest.
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 True 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.
JC Ferguson, commander of communications training for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services—which is featured on 'Nightwatch Nation'—speaks with A&E True Crime about how 911 call takers and dispatchers handle the stress of responding to calls about violent crimes.