Doctor's Notes

My Bloody Valentine – When True Love Kills, Part 1

Valentine’s Day is for lovers. It is a day to honor and celebrate one’s partner, as well as to create memories for the future.  However, relationships aren’t always rosy… and  where passions run high, danger can soon follow.  These four cases prove that, for some, cupid’s arrow can be fatal:

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Not Created Equal: What You Should Know About True Crime

Even though the true crime genre is arguably more popular than ever, there are some things that still surprise me. For instance: The idea that all criminals of a certain type are essentially cut of the same cloth. That, just because they committed roughly the same category of crime, they are equivalent in their makeup.

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Holiday Horror – Two Gruesome Halloween Murders

Timothy O’Bryan

If you grew up during the 70’s and 80’s, it may be easy for you to remember the panic about adults giving children candy that was somehow sabotaged (razor blades, etc). In fact, it got to the point where many kids only went to more highly controlled Halloween gatherings at churches and between friends/relatives because paranoia had reached such a fever pitch. But was all the fear and suspicion warranted, or was it more urban myth than reality?

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The Las Vegas Shooting – Why Mass Murderers are Difficult to Predict

I apologize, friends, for being late with my usual Tuesday post. I’d planned for another serial killer profile and was ready to get going on Monday morning when I woke to see the news splashed across the screen of my phone: “Shooting in Las Vegas.”  At the time there were ‘only’ 20 confirmed dead, but that number rose steadily throughout the day to it’s gruesome total of 59, with hundreds wounded. Like most of you, I feel as though it’s already been a long week, and metabolizing all the details is almost too much.

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Killer Compendium

The Cursed Life of Vera Jo Reigle and the Brooks “Cult” that Murdered Her

The following is a brief account of the life of Vera Jo Reigle:

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Most Murderous Man On Earth? Meet German Nurse, Niels Hogel.

While the case is ongoing it’s difficult to comment on the exact death toll of German nurse, Niels Hogel, but the international press has already dubbed him “Germany’s Deadliest Serial Killer.”  An “angel of death,” to be exact…

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The Virginia Tech Massacre – School Shooter, Seung-Hui Cho

On April 16th, 2007, the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute was gripped with terror as a shooting spree commenced that spanned over several hours in two separate attacks.   In the end, 32 people were dead, 17 were wounded, and the killer had committed suicide.

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Move Over Manson, There’s a New Cult Leader in Town.

In the wake of Charles Manson’s death there has been a lot of talk about cults, cult leaders, and their followers. Unlike cult leaders that kill their followers (or convince them to suicide), Mason was a bit of an outlier. Instead, Manson encouraged his followers to kill others in order to sate his fantasies of revenge. And, the way in which Manson did this was diabolically clever because – as it’s been recounted – Manson never actually murdered a person himself.  Despite this “failsafe,” Manson was convicted of first degree murder for directing the killings.

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The Unabomber – When Words Speak Louder Than Actions

From 1978 to 1995 the bodies piled up. Sometimes there was one victim, and other times there was a group. The casualties spanned America, from Connecticut to California. And everyone knew that there was one source: a man the public had named “the Unabomber.” In all, sixteen bombs, (injuring 23 people and killing 3), were crafted and delivered. Most of them contained primitive homemade parts, and an inscription of “FC” on the inside.

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