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.
Dr. Scott and Dr. Shiloh team up with Tammie and Brice of the podcast Hollyweird Paranormal to examine the classic horror film, The Exorcist. Dr. Scott will catch you up on the history and cultural aspects of possession, while Tammie gives you the receipts on the true story of possession that influenced the movie. Then Brice fills us in on the curse of the production of the film and Dr. Shiloh finishes this thrilling episode off with a tale of a serial killer likely linked to the film.
Dr. Scott and Dr. Shiloh analyze The Staircase documentary from a psychological perspective, covering the odd characters in the series and the influence is had on the audience & jury, as well as the struggles of families of people going through the criminal justice system. They also offer their theories of what happened.
This episode we are bringing you something a little more light than dark (some dark, psychobabble rants included) with an episode dedicated to the crime shows we loved this last year and the nominees. Dr. Shiloh dives into the true crime story of The Assassination of Gianni Versace by exploring the background of killer Andrew Cunanan, his psychopathic tendencies, and the timeline of his spree killings, as well as the excellent, star-studded show itself. Dr. Scott then takes us into the fictional world of turn-of-the-century New York to explore the book and series, The Alienist.