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By Lacey Avery:
Southern Heebie Jeebies
Knowing that he could be executed for his crimes, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy suggested he be kept alive so his mind could be studied. In fact, Bundy’s proposition was not a new concept. By the time of his final capture in 1978, scientists had been examining the minds of serial killers for nearly two centuries.
Psychologists and psychiatrists have interviewed the perpetrators of some of history’s cruelest crimes to try and grasp the mental processes that underlie their violent actions.
“A century of privileged access to extreme offenders offers the field of forensic psychology and psychiatry some significant items,” said Katherine Ramsland, author and professor at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.