The Morning Call, Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Article by Ann Wlazelek on Sacred Heart Hospital's annual psychiatric conference on Monday (April 11) includes comments from Dr. Katherine Ramsland, associate professor of forensic psychology and an expert on serial killers. Dr. Ramsland, the keynote speaker, addressed more than 200 psychiatric professionals at the event. She shared photos and discussed motives of about 10 health care murderers who were included in her latest book. According to Dr. Ramsland, serial killer Charles Cullen killed critically ill patients to get back at the world, not to be merciful. "Almost all say they do it out of mercy, but, in every case, clearly there are other motives," said Dr. Ramsland. She noted that serial killing is on the rise and there are red flags, such as a staffer who accurately predicts which patient will die next or who likes to talk about death. However, Dr. Ramsland indicated that a preference for the night shift should not make someone suspicious. "It takes a constellation of factors," she said. Presently, Cullen is in a Somerset N.J. prison, awaiting sentencing for 24 murders and five attempted murders.
Press Release: Author, professor says Cullen's motives not linked to mercy | Posted on: 4/12/2005
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