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.
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.
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 first episode of Season 2 centers around the criminal behaviors of Arson and the psychological disorder of Pyromania. After being contacted by Frank Girardot, the true crime author, about his recently released book Burned: Pyromania, Murder and a Daughter's Nightmare, Dr. Shiloh and Dr. Scott decided that it was timely to cover the story of John Orr, the most notorious serial arsonist. In this red-hot episode, they also discuss the phenomenon of firefighters who commit arson and discuss Girardot's book & the made for TV movie, Point of Origin based on the murderer's own screenplay.