In the Netflix series Making a Murderer, Brendan Dassey is subject to interrogation tactics known as the ‘Reid technique’.
Innocent people do confess under interrogation to crimes they did not commit, even providing details about the crime. What leads them to falsely confess to very serious crimes?
Yorkshire Ripper may be moved from Broadmoor Hospital to a regular prison. Does that mean he's well?
Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare.
It's important to look beyond the same old gender sterotypes.
The Lawrence case has allowed black police officers to speak up about racism within the force.
Reports of an inquiry into allegations that police tried to shield the killers suggest the murder has yet to be fully investigated.
A man walks among crosses outside Pretoria, South Africa, representing farmers killed in violent attacks.
South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.
Bodies thought to belong to members of Russia's murdered royal family are to be re-examined for new evidence but forensics has its potential and limitations.
Horror director Wes Craven was perhaps best known for his Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series.
His tombstone may say Craven, but the director carved a bold and memorable niche in the horror genre.
A memorial to murdered journalists Alison Parker and Adam Warm lies outside the offices of WDBJ7.
New research suggests mass shootings are not just due to gun ownership, but gun culture.
Killers who deliberately commit their acts in public places are often motivated by revenge.
Classifying killers into particular types is intuitively appealing. It helps us make sense of what otherwise seems senseless. But this approach tells us only the smallest fraction of their motivation.
The conduct of police at colleagues' funerals sheds light on police culture.
South African police are murdered at a high rate, making funerals and memorial services all too common. What happens and gets said at these services can help us understand aspects of police culture.
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Our morbid interest in the macabre never vanished – it was just displaced.
Television serial killer Dexter may be more of a psychopath than a sociopath due to his methodically delivered kills.
Psychopaths and sociopaths have similar characteristics, lacking remorse or empathy for others. And they can both be violent, deceitful and manipulative. But what are the differences between the two?
Female serial killers are more likely to murder friends and family.
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Male serial killers get all the press. But what does the research say about female serial killers?
Health staff, child protection workers and forensic specialists should already be collaborating to share information.
Responses to high-risk pregnancy and high-risk infants across Australia are haphazard, and legislation alone will not correct the problem.
Canada’s First Nation women are going missing but is the government listening?
In August 2014, Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg Manitoba, stuffed in a garbage bag by her killer. Her disappearance had been reported to the police by child protection workers…
The Ripper case is important, and not only because of the women who suffered dreadful deaths.
The Jack the Ripper murders are the most potent cold case ever. More than a century on from the first killing in 1888 they are still attracting global attention. Academics of many disciplines publish on…
Hazaras have long been persecuted in Afghanistan, but those returned from countries like Australia are in particular danger of being tortured and murdered.
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It has been a bad time lately for Afghan Hazaras with Australian connections. In late September, the shocking news came through that the Taliban had tortured and murdered an Australian of Afghan background…
Homicide-suicides are usually perpetrated by men who murder a current or former intimate partner.
Last week’s tragic deaths of the Hunt family, in what police are treating as a multiple homicide-suicide incident, have left a close-knit community in shock. It is always hard to understand why such events…
A Ripper murder, Illustrated Police news, c. 1888.
A panic erupted in Britain 126 years ago. At daybreak on Saturday September 8, the mutilated body of Annie Chapman, a prostitute, had been found in the back yard of 29 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields. Her…
Why did the Baden-Clay domestic homicide case in Queensland grab so much media and public attention?
When Brisbane man Gerard Baden-Clay rang police to report his wife Allison missing on April 20, 2012, he set in motion a series of events that would lead to his arrest, trial and ultimately his conviction…