We critically examine the Amanda Knox case and Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox. We will catch you up on everything that occurred over the 8 years of this saga and examine the “troubling behavior” (not our words or impressions) of Amanda during the events. However, this episode is more about the other key players in the story that shaped the wrongful convictions. We also take a glimpse at what Ms. Knox is doing now in her post-trauamatic growth.
In rare fashion, the doctors are on the heels of this week’s biggest news story, the Jussie Smollett case out of Chicago. At the release of this recording, actor and singer Jussie Smollett has been indicted and arrested for orchestrating his own hate-fueled attack and falsely reporting this to police. The community has been reeling and wondering how someone is capable of doing this. In this episode, Dr. Shiloh and Dr. Scott talk about the unique motivations for this type of crime and the types of personalities that often go along with the behavior.
You’ve asked, so we answered! We cover all things forensic psychology in this “nerd alert” episode. This is for you if you are considering graduate school, want to know more about the legal system and psychology, want to know how the doctors found themselves here, plus some details about types of therapy and evaluations forensic psychologists conduct on a daily basis.
This episode bring us all back to our favorite true crime subject, serial killers. And not just your average serial killer, but the special breed of trucker serial killers. Dr. Scott & Dr. Shiloh go into how crime analysts started realizing that highway serial killings was a nationwide epidemic before exploring specific killers featured in the docuseries, The Killing Season, the book Evil That Men Do and the podcast Happy Face, including little known facts about prolific killer Robert Ben Rhoades.
The docs finally find a fascinating way to talk about one of their favorite miniseries, Manhunt: Unabomber. They dish about the show itself and then relate Episode 6’s topics of Incels to Ted Kaczynski with a special guest. Retired FBI profiler and forensic linguist, James R. Fitzgerald, gives his insight into Kaczynski’s sexual development and struggles which was revealed in the Unabomber’s own personal writings. We explore all of this and more to determine whether or not Ted Kaczynski fits the mold of an incel.
Dr. Scott and Dr. Shiloh discuss one of their most interesting topics to date: Incels or the “involuntary celebates.” They talk about the origins and evolution of the incel community and touch on various flavors of diagnoses that appear to be prevalent with these individuals. They also highlight three high-profile cases of violence perpetrated by men who aline with the incel worldview and discuss those individuals’ motives and psychological diagnoses. Lastly, they touch on the field of Threat Assessment and the lack of research currently published about this disturbing population.
Dr. Scott & Dr. Shiloh psychsplain the diagnosis of Dissociation and relate it to season 1 of The Sinner and the docuseries The Keepers, while touching on several forensic psychology topics such as competency evaluations and malingering.
In this Bonus Halloween episode, Dr. Scott and Dr. Shiloh interview their dear friend, Al Hobbs, a super fan of the The Exorcist. He will fill us in on how he became fascinated with the movie & the book, personal stories of the real possession victim and will help us dive deeper into the experiences of the film crew and actors.