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  • By Delawareblack, February 11, 2016

    During the evening hours of September 12th, 2014, a bicyclist was struck by a sedan heading northbound in New Castle County, Delaware. The driver, a middle-aged father of three and under the influence of alcohol, did not stop the vehicle to offer aid to the ailing victim, even amidst the haunting question coming from his sons in the back seat – “Dad, did you kill a person?”

  • By James Swift, April 26, 2015

    For nearly two decades, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner has sought a way to help jurors, judges and prosecutors make more informed decisions in cases involving "heinous" crimes. Now, he is asking the public to help refine an instrument with potentially far-reaching implications on the United States legal system.

  • By Steven Edwards, November 30, 2014

    Is a “perp” who attempts to permanently scar a victim with a knife more or less depraved than one who forces a child to witness a murder? How evil would you rate a terrorist who targets civilians in comparison to a serial killer who picks victims according to their race or ethnicity?

    A leading forensic psychiatrist who has testified in some of America’s most infamous violent crime cases seeks the nation’s collective opinion on these and other imponderables to complete more than 13 years of pioneering research aimed at codifying the concept of evil for the justice system.

  • By Michael Welner, M.D.

    In Douglas, J., Burgess, A. W., Burgess, A. G., & Ressler, R. K. (2013). Crime classification manual: A standard system for investigating and classifying violent crime. John Wiley & Sons.

    This is the second edition of the landmark book that standardized the language and terminology used throughout the criminal justice system. It classifies the critical characteristics of the perpetrators and victims of major crimes—murder, arson, sexual assault, and nonlethal acts—based on the motivation of the offender.