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.
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 & 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.
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.