And sometimes someone with everything to live for, and lots more to contribute to the world, suddenly ends their live through suicide. That’s not really a mystery, but at the psychological level it is.
It's not every day that a body is found hanging from a rope, nude, hands and feet tied, with abrasions about the head that implied impact, multiple trauma points before death. It's especially not every day that such a death is ruled a suicide, even though...
Now that the murder case recedes into history, you’ll hear less and less about Amanda Knox. But what happened in Perugia, Italy that fateful evening that so ignited emotions on both sides of the Atlantic? Why the loathing, and informal conviction of Knox by the mainstream Italian press, and Italian people, years ago? Amanda’s case is a classic small town tale, of bias and posturing, and genuine crime, and corruption. What journey of understanding can she take us on?
There’s an old saying among professional swindlers that “you can’t con an honest man.” The “mark” was looking for something for nothing, or even running their own con, and just got taken in by a better one. A rationalization? Yes, but don’t be too quick to dismiss it. What type of person does fall for the too-good-to-be-true scenarios that con men concoct, and who enables them?
How did one of the great hucksters of his time write such good fiction, animate so many imaginations in positive ways, and yet do so much damage to anthropological science, and the lives of numerous people? Our common psychology begs that question. What in the world happened with Carlos Castaneda?
It may have been as crazy, for it’s time, as the Salem Witch Trials. It’s called the Duke Lacrosse Case, but could as easily be called ‘The Year That Durham Went Mad.’
Join us for a classic case of the mysteries of mass psychology.
Diane Schüler was careful, responsible, even fastidious. She ran a financial division of Cablevision, ran a home as the mother of two, broke no laws, gave no sense of being irresponsible in any way. Then one day she drove, at high speed in broad daylight, the wrong...