Listening to Killers

Listening to Killers

Lessons Learned From My Twenty Years as A Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases

Book - 2015
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"Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killerstravel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. By linking individual cases to broad social and cultural issues and illustrating the social toxicity and unresolved trauma that drive some people to kill, Dr. Garbarino highlights the humanity we share with killers andthe role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence"--Provided by publisher.

University of California Press
Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. By linking individual cases to broad social and cultural issues and illustrating the social toxicity and unresolved trauma that drive some people to kill, Dr. Garbarino highlights the humanity we share with killers and the role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence.


Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780520282872
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 GAR
Characteristics: x, 296 p. ;,23 cm.

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airwaving Aug 14, 2015

Chalk this up to my being fed up with criminal behavior, particularly violent ones, in the news, so:

Regardless of the accuracy of author Garbarino's insights into reasons that contribute to the making of a criminal, our primary focus needs to be on keeping them apart from the rest of us.

Where I do have patience for reading through his insights is where he addresses the value of his knowledge and experience in terms of prevention.

(Thinkers among us will not consider above comments as an indictment of compassion..)

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