Thursday, July 26, 2012

Timely FBI Bulletin: Focus on Psychopathy

With articles on:

An Important Forensic Concept for the 21st Century 

The Predator

Looking Behind the Mask
Implications for Interviewing Psychopaths

Case Study
No More Bagpipes
The Threat of the Psychopath

The Language of Psychopaths
New Findings and Implications for Law Enforcement 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How the Media Should Handle Their Coverage of Mass Murders


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

President Obama Rejected on Kiss Cam

Do we see the first lady shaking her head no while showing disgust?  What's up with that?◦

Monday, July 9, 2012

Did Youth Hockey Coach Trip teen on Ice?

I think it is pretty obvious, what is interesting is the dominant gesture the coach displays by pointing his finger at the boy after regaining his balance.  This is not something where he is saying, he tripped.  If the boy tripped there would be some confusion on the part of the coach as to what happened- Soon-to-be charged coach. Former coach. Shameful coach.

It is also interesting how everyone there knew it was a dominant act done by a man against a boy. Class act.  Broken wrist by someone behind the boy. Should be charged, his clear actions cause bodily injury to a minor.  

Unfortunately, it doesn't list the name of the coach, who I feel should never be trusted about anything, ever again. Someone who would do this, would do about anything given the opportunity, and his obviously uncontrollable emotion, or knowledge of what is right and wrong.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Picture of the Week: Win or Lose?

Try to identify all the different emotions and facial expressions and gestures in this picture...


I Need Your Help: Sex offender Brandon Scott Lavergne arrested in case of missing Louisiana college student Mickey Shunick

Could you please find any video or pictures (not arrest photos) of Brandon Scott Lavergne and share with me.

Many times these cases rely on evidence and strong police work; Previous criminals are the best at lying, therefore any statments or video/pics that could be used to create a baseline would be helpful.

The circumstances are a nightmare for the parents, family and friends- it is about to become worse, this story is about to break on the national scene.◦

Thursday, July 5, 2012

TROTWOOD -- Trotwood Police are looking for a woman who's been missing for nearly a month.Her name is Julie Earley. She is 50-years-old and is a type one diabetic, and needs her medication, which family members say she has not had since she's been missing.

I have a unspoken rule not to comment on open cases unless I see a series of hot spots.

"Something has happened to her it's what I believe," said Cregg Earley, Julie's husband.

People close to a missing person normally out hope that everything is okay.  Why would he believe something happened to her instead of her just going away, especially since he later implies that it is a possibility that it would be okay if she is with another man.  Notice how when he is "hiccup crying" how he holds his gaze on the reporter?  You know the myth about eye contact and eyes, this is a clear case where is is watching the  reporter to see if he is being believed.  Also notice the micro expression of a subtle smile before lowering his gaze, and then the conscious downturn of his lips in a frown.

He last saw her on May 21."I've been her caregiver for over three years, I've clothed her, bathed her there's something not right," he said.

He is attempting to convince us that since he has done all these things for her, that he would not be capable of doing something to her.  "...something not right..."  

Trotwood Police are now searching for her. They and her husband are hoping someone will recognize her and call police.

"I love my wife, I'd do anything for her, always have, I don't know what else to do," said Cregg.

He doesn't know what else to do? There are a million things to do, fliers, more interviews with the media... He is explaining why he isn't do anything else...

Once again, he is trying to convincing us.  Plus the crying- no tears. rubbing the cheeks.

He says the last time he saw his wife, it was after he had a fight with their son."I informed my wife that I didn't want him here for Memorial Day weekend," he said, "We got into an argument but it wasn't that big of an argument to that degree."

"... that big of an argument... to that degree." if it wasn't that big of an argument why mention it in this way, why not say we didn't agree about her son coming over.  Why say fight instead of argument, there is a difference especially  given the circumstances.

He says he later came home, and she was gone. 

Why did he leave? Where did he go? He does not explain this and there is a gap between having the fight, him leaving, him returning, and she being gone...

He noticed some of her medication was missing, and six-thousand-dollars in cash. 

Okay, six thousand dollars in cash?!?! There is currently only a $500 reward for information about her and her return.  Where did $6000 come from, why in cash. Why imply that she left on her own.  Why "some" of her medicine and not all of it- that doesn't make sense either.

But he doesn't believe she left on her own because they just bought their home in January, her clothes are in her closet, and her family photos are still on the shelf."

The logic here doesn't make any sense, in one sentence imply she left on her own, the next say she didn't leave on her own... who did she leave with? Really clothes and pictures? Now the logic flow is that she'd want to leave him on her own and would be reasonable move out and take all of her belongings... 

My wife wouldn't have left her pictures and she left all her pictures and didn't take them," Cregg said, "Even if she left me for another man at least I know she's OK."

Obviously, the intelligence level of the "suspect" is helping all of us understand what is going on here...  

This is an interesting case from the police's standpoint.  How do you confront about the inconsistencies in his statement?  Well, on three occasions he skirts and speculates that bad things happened to her; these are hot spots and whenever I hear things that could be very true if something bad happened to her it is time to encourage his "speculation"  by asking him questions like, "if something bad happened to her where would she end up?" Relying on his intuition and  intimate knowledge of the victim (and likelihood that he had something to do with it) he would continue to give clues.  I have heard statements from people that actually say things like they need to expand the search area.  You could also imply that we cannot put this behind us all until we have closure and find her, alive or dead. Until that point there will always be questions and her family asking questions- you'd be amazed how often something is remembered- "she always like going hunting with me down by the river..."  The goal of someone who committed a crime is to get out of the crossfire as quickly as possible, whereas if someone had nothing to do with it they would want to remain in the mist of the situation seeking both answers and justice for their loved one. Of course the police would play to his level and act like there is ,and was, no way he'd have anything to do with this- "I can tell you cared about her, and cared for her over the last years with her health problems.  Work with us, be on our team, help us think through all this, brainstorm with us..."


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey: Review From My Prospective

I tried to avoid this book, even though it seemed every women I knew was reading it.  Because I work in publishing they were asking me about the book.  I finally picked it up for the kindle and read it.  There are some interesting things from a body language and psychology prospective.  Most importantly there needs to be a firm warning to all readers of this book-  to those that explore this in real life- there are going to be some real victims as a result of reading this book.

There are two body language actions that occur throughout the book.

Anastasia Steele has the habit of biting her lower lip subconsciously.  This is fairly obvious, she does it when she is nervous.

Christian Grey has the habit of tilting his head when listening to Anastasia.  This is a sign of interest.  It is a good habit to have, and to fake, when others are speaking.  It will earn you high marks from the speaker.

For many readers it will be their first experience with dominance and submission (also know as BDSM) which is the mutual exploration of roles, emotions and activities where one person is given full responsibility to be dominant while the other is fully submissive.  It likely is also the first time for many readers to see that sexuality is not only the actual act but also as an emotion. It is not often that we can define  sexuality for what it really is- both physical and emotional- BDSM's focus is more emotional than physical.  All this can be fascinating, appealing, and many people will be draw to the lifestyle like a moth to the flame.

Christian Grey is a responsible Master. In the real world there are a great  number of Masters who are not responsible and "get off" on the pain they inflict and the control and tethering is a means to an end, they are called sadists.  If you are a sadist, of course would be drawn to BDSM. There is not a sexual serial killer that was also not a sadist that I can think of... Many,  in fact, inflicted a great deal of pain on THEIR victims, often times needing to invoke negative emotions and pain to be able to become satisfied.

So how do you know that it is "safe" to enter into a dominant and submissive relationship?  The fact is you never truly know.  I could give you some obvious things to look out for, like is the partner manipulative already, or controlling?  Unfortunately there are too many Ted Bundys out there that appear one way, then become a completely different person- when they have you exactly where they want you.

Another thing you should understand from a psychology prospective, there is always some underling reason why someone would want to enter into either of these roles. It fulfills something.  It usually is not something pleasant.

Lastly, entering into a relationship like this is not something that can be sustained forever or for very long.  Once the Master gains full control, he or she is likely to become bored.  It is the journey not the destination.  What happens when it ends?  A huge void.  This is why most enter into  these situations for short periods of time.  I know there are probably people who schedule appointments in NYC and pay thousands of dollars every Thursday or Monday afternoon to be the submissive... There are just as likely people who "cheat" emotionally, but never physically on their spouses with someone else in this fashion.

One thing I have learned over the years about people and psychology, when it comes to sex the boundaries of what is normal, is hard to find with about 10% of people.  Do you need further prove, the strangest map you'll navigate is below, it is The Fetish Map of Sexuality.


Interesting Study: When Nasty Breeds Nice


Database: PsycARTICLES
[ First Posting ]
When Nasty Breeds Nice: Threats of Violence Amplify Agreeableness at National, Individual, and Situational Levels.
White, Andrew Edward; Kenrick, Douglas T.; Li, Yexin Jessica; Mortensen, Chad R.; Neuberg, Steven L.; Cohen, Adam B.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Jul 2 , 2012, No Pagination Specified. doi: 10.1037/a0029140


  1. Humans have perennially faced threats of violence from other humans and have developed functional strategies for surviving those threats. Five studies examined the relation between threats of violence and agreeableness at the level of nations, individuals, and situations. People living in countries with higher military spending (Study 1) and those who chronically perceive threats from others (Study 2) were more agreeable. However, this threat-linked agreeableness was selective (Studies 3–5). Participants primed with threat were more agreeable and willing to help familiar others but were less agreeable and willing to help unfamiliar others. Additionally, people from large families, for whom affiliation may be a salient response to threat, were more likely than people from small families to shift in agreeableness. Returning to the national level, military spending was associated with increased trust in ingroup members but decreased trust in outgroups. Together, these findings demonstrate that agreeableness is selectively modulated by threats of violence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)


Monday, July 2, 2012

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes' Divorce

This is the last public appearance of the couple who have recently  stated through their PR people that they are getting a divorce.

Some things to notice is the way they are very careful about hold they hold themselves, if you could see the video you would see two people very careful about their hands, this tells me they are mindful of the other presence which doesn't occur with people that are always with each other.  There is a certain tenseness about how they deal with each other.  Another thing: look at the way they are holding hands in the second picture, this is a more proper way to hold hands.  When I see this I think of royalties.  Looking at the video, they also are not as close to each other as much as they usually are.

Take a look at the following pictures when they were happier with each other.

The way a couple interacts with each other is very telling.  In the past I have mentioned about couples and how their interaction on the red carpet has shown stress in their relationship (Brad and Angelina) but a month later they were back to their old affectionate ways.  We shall see...