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Scooby Doo Unmask

Mr. Baffleberg? My cousin’s longtime piano teacher?!

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Yellow teeth bared, he raised the knife in a jerky automaton-like flourish as putrid sweat dripped from his stringy reddish black hair…

Is this what you think of when you picture a sociopath? If so, you’re not alone. This is how pop culture often portrays dangerous and dishonest people– in hockey masks, dragging one leg heavily behind them, brandishing weapons, unkempt, socially inept loners who drive noisy ’70s vehicles with human bones dangling from the rear view mirror– and the list goes on. (more…)

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Yes, pun intended. This past week I’ve been learning more about Barry H. Landau (he’s especially important; get the H in there). As the Washington Post called him, he’s the “the once-esteemed collector of presidential memorabilia” who was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for stealing historical documents.

From http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/barry-landau-collector-of-historic-documents-gets-7-year-term-for-thefts/2012/06/27/gJQAizMj7V_story.html: (more…)

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Vampire

WordPress.com blogger annotoole posted the first video listed below today. After I watched it, I realized that a well-known author has posted a whole series of videos to arm the public against manipulative and abusive people.

(Sarah! When did you do this? These are brilliant! What a fun and interesting way to help people avoid and break free from those we’ve always called vampires. Well done, and I love the nods to Lindner and Cleckley. My only beef is the swearing, but I understand why it’s included.) (more…)

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Masks

Today three news stories caught my attention because all involve murder suspects who have shown no real remorse for the crimes they are suspected of.

First, Joran van der Sloot has said that he will enter a plea in Peruvian court that equates to temporary insanity. He is accused of murdering Stephany Flores in a violent, sadistic way five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared. He may have killed her because she’d found out he was linked to Holloway.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/07/lawyer-van-der-sloot-plead-temporary-insanity/?test=latestnews (more…)

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This week’s CSI episode was riveting even with Justin Bieber guest starring as a less than convincing troubled teen/domestic terrorist. There are not many episodes that are worth rewinding the show immediately to watch segments again, but this one was.

Besides the explosive subplot in which Bieber’s hair actually wound up a bit messy, Targets of Obsession pitted Dr. Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) against serial killer Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin) in court. Haskell had previously tried to stab Langston to death through the bars of his cell with a piece of his glasses.

Haskell decides to act as his own attorney and calls an expert witness, Dr. Corey, to the stand. Corey claims that Haskell has a gene that makes him 400 percent more likely to be aggressive, giving him a medical excuse for trying to murder Langston. (more…)

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From http://www.pstos.org/instruments/wa/everett/everett.htm

Colby Avenue in Everett, Washington, 1930s. From http://www.pstos.org.

Yesterday the Everett Herald published a story titled “The secret of the Halloween murder: For 75 years, a murder victim’s daughter didn’t know who shattered her family.”

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20101031/NEWS01/708269848/1122

Eric Stevick has written a fantastic piece detailing the 1934 murder of an Everett, Washington bakery owner by a cold, calculating criminal. William Buehrig was shot dead by Henry Young– as Stevick points out, a very different Henry Young than the one that appeared in the 1995 “biopic” Murder in the First. (more…)

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Last night on ABC, a Nightline Prime episode titled “Secrets of Your Mind” aired. I came upon it just as I reached for the remote to turn the TV off.

It was a thought-provoking show that sparked an interesting water cooler conversation today. Unfortunately, the show furthered a common myth about psychopaths, that “psychopath” is synonymous with “murderer”. The media and pop culture have limited our society’s understanding of this concept. Many people think that only ruthless dictators and serial killers can be psychopaths. (more…)

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