Dr. Katherine Ramsland has never second-guessed her career decisions. It's a good thing because they have been some of the best decisions she has ever made.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist.
The author of more than 1,500 articles and 69 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E four-part documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader.
Dr. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist who manages a private investigation agency.
In today’s episode we discuss:
· Her trips cross-country riding a motorcycle and hitchhiking.
· Is there pure evil, and can it be fixed or controlled?
· The path that Dr. Ramsland took winding up in the field of forensic psychology and chatting with serial killers.
· How her career path affected her own mental health.
· What it was like working in Hollywood being an advisor or executive producer.
· Are there any movies or T.V. shows that accurately depict extreme offenders? How about Dexter and Hannibal Lecter?
· Dr. Ramsland’s work with Serial Killer Dennis Rader AKA The BTK Killer.
· Psychological Autopsy. What are they, when are they used, and who conducts them?
· Being subjected to all this trauma, who takes care of the doctor?
· How Dr. Ramsland as a writer, has produced an immense amount of content on a consistent basis.
· Dr. Ramsland’s new fiction series.
· How you can avoid becoming the victim of a crime.
All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.
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