Archives for June, 2010

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MASS KILLERS

PSYCHOLOGISTS REFER TO THE KIND OF MASS MURDER PERPETRATED BY DERRICK BIRD IN CUMBRIA AS 'SPREE' OR 'RAMPAGE' KILLINGS - WHAT DOES THEIR RESEARCH REVEAL ABOUT THE MOTIVES FOR THIS MOST TRAGIC OF CRIMES?

WHILE THE WORLD IS STILL REELING FROM THE SHOCK OF THE TRAGEDY IN CUMBRIA LAST WEEK – WHERE 12 LOCAL RESIDENTS WERE GUNNED DOWN IN COLD BLOOD FOR NO APPARENT REASON – DOES PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH HELP US UNDERSTAND THE MOTIVATIONS INVOLVED AND DOES IT SUGGEST POLICY CHANGES WHICH WILL HELP PREVENT SUCH TRAGEDIES IN THE FUTURE? CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST DR RAJ PERSAUD EXPLORES THE ACADEMIC STUDY OF MASS MURDER.