It Can Happen to Anyone. Here’s What Survivors Say They Wish They’d Done Sooner.

Stalking is unique. I can’t think of another crime where ordinary behavior can have such a sinister meaning. It’s a crime where the context is everything. …

Serial Killer Billy Chemirmir Reminded Us That All Deaths of Older Persons Are Not Due to Natural Causes.

Alleged serial killer Billy Chemirir’s trial is starting. The heroines in this story are two women who have lived longer than most of us ever will. Ninety-one-year-old Mary Annis Bartell survived a brutal robbery and attempted murder in March 2018 and helped police nab suspected serial killer Billy Chemirmir. …

Convicted Triple Murderer Kevin Strickland Says He’s Innocent. So Did the Eyewitness Who Helped Convict Him.

When it came to choosing friends, eighteen-year-old Kevin Strickland did not have good judgment. He hung around with the wrong crowd. And that may have cost him forty-three years of his life.

Four People Get Shot, and One Survives

Mr. Strickland, now sixty-two, was charged with three murders and one attempted murder on April 25, 1978. The…

If You’ve Heard of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard, You’ll Want to Read This

I will never understand how a mother could subject her own child to years of medical child abuse to satisfy her own twisted psychological needs. I’ve read books about it. I’ve interviewed experts on it. And I still don’t get it.

This Haltom City, Texas mom is currently accused of…

La Bestia Up for Parole, Investigators Apologize for Dropping the Ball in Serial Killer Investigations, I-70 Serial Killer Cold Case Heats Up, and a Tongue-in-Cheek Critique of the “Deadliest” Zodiac Signs

For those of you who’ve read my book about serial killers, you know I first started jonesing about my future mind-hunting career as a teenage true crime buff who read about Charles Manson while on a family vacation. It was during this two-week road trip that I decided to solve…

Think Domestic Violence Can’t Happen to You If You’re Not in a Relationship? Neither Did These Church Worshippers or Night Club Goers.

As a crime writer as well as a forensic psychologist, I do a ton of research. I read about a lot of different kinds of murders. And it struck me last month, as I perused the true crime news, how often domestic violence was a part of a larger savagery…

Serial Killers are Perhaps the Closest Thing We Have to Real Life Monsters. Here are Six You Might Not Know About.

In the past year, there have been numerous — some would say endless- documentaries about serial killers. Samuel Little. The Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez. John Wayne Gacy. Ted Bundy. Keith Jesperson. I could go on and on. …

John Charles Eichinger Put His Trophies to Practical Use

There aren’t many trick-or-treaters who can say they’ve taken candy from a real-life monster dressed in a Scream costume. But if you were a child knocking on John Charles Eichinger’s door and holding out your Halloween candy bag in a certain neighborhood of Somers Point, New Jersey between 1999 and…

Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D.

Dr. Joni Johnston is a forensic psychologist and private investigator who spends time in prisons and evaluates serial killers and other bad guys.

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