Social & Psychological

Social & Psychological
Some mysteries are mysteries of the human psyche, the human animal itself.  At times whole communities, or societies, seem to go simply crazy.  What’s that all about?

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.

Bound, Gagged, Naked, Hung… Suicide?

Bound, Gagged, Naked, Hung… Suicide?

  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...

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Amanda Knox: Guilty of Murder, or of Being From the United States?

Amanda Knox: Guilty of Murder, or of Being From the United States?

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?

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Bernie Madoff: Can One Man Con Millions all on His Own?

Bernie Madoff: Can One Man Con Millions all on His Own?

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?

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