The Mad, the Bad and the Innocent: the Criminal Mind on Trial

The Mad, the Bad and the Innocent: the Criminal Mind on Trial

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Into the heart of a killer

The Mad

Over the past twenty years, renowned forensic psychologist Barbara Kirwin has confronted a terrifying lineup of murderers, rapists, paranoids, and psychopaths--including notorious serial killer Joel Rifkin--to distinguish the truly mad from the bad trying to cop an insanity plea.

The Bad

Here, in chilling detail, she recalls her most grisly cases and offers riveting psychological portraits of other infamous killers, including "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz, Colin Ferguson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Menendez brothers, Susan Smith, and John W. Hinckley, Jr.

The Innocent

Moving from prison holding cells to sensational courtroom trails, Kirwin tells the truth about the insanity defense and its abuse by criminal lawyers conjuring up outrageous defenses--from adopted child syndrome to postpartum psychosis to sleepwalking. As she pries open the criminal mind, Kirwin takes us on a riveting journey into the heart of darkness, where madness and evil thrive.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 106.4 x 171.7 x 24.1mm | 184.13g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061013447
  • 9780061013447

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