Book on Serial Killers by Forensic Expert, Dr. Katherine Ramsland, is One of a Kind
Dr. Katherine Ramsland, assistant professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University, and an expert on serial killers, has published a new book, "The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation" (Berkeley Publishing Group, 2005), on the history of serial killers since Ancient Rome. The work by Ramsland combines the history of forensic science and investigation, the history of serial killers and the history of forensic psychology and provides, for the first time, a chronological analysis of serial killing.
In this latest book by Ramsland, she provides insight on how the development of forensic science and psychology enabled law enforcement to better identify the men and women who commit these crimes and understand their motivations. According to Ramsland, the book took her nine months to write, but seven to eight years to research.
In a book review by Sandy Amazeen, of monsters and critics.com, Amazeen says "Human Predator" reveals the darkest side of human nature, as Ramsland shows in graphic detail, how serial killers keep pace with the rise of civilization. She says it is very well written, and recommends the book to anyone with an interest in criminal investigation or psychology.
Ramsland has published 25 books, including, "The Unknown Darkness: Profiling Predators Among Us," which she co-authored with FBI veteran profiler Greg McCrary. Also, she has written numerous short stories, two novels and more than 300 articles, and has been translated into nine languages. She considers writing to be her greatest vehicle because it takes her to many places and opens up new worlds constantly. According to Ramsland, she is able to immerse herself in these other worlds to understand them.
In addition, Ramsland has been consulted by national media on forensic issues and appeared on numerous television shows, including NBC's The Today Show, ABC, CBS, Catherine Crier Live, Larry King, National Public Radio, Discovery Channel documentaries, the Learning Channel, the Women's Entertainment Network, documentaries on A&E, and AMC. She writes extensively about forensic science and psychology for Court TV's Crime Library, and has published over 100 articles on serial killers, criminal investigation, and criminal psychology.
In 2001, Ramsland began a forensic program at DeSales with the help of Dr. Richard Noll, assistant professor in the social science department. She designed the forensic psychology program, and help set up the forensic science minor. She teaches classes in forensics, death investigation, and serial killers. Six students from one of her classes had the opportunity to accompany Ramsland on a project involving an exhumation in Gettysburg, Pa., where scientists, historians, and weapons experts talked with them. The students found the experience to be compelling and unforgettable.
Ramsland earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and psychology from Northern Arizona University, and a master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and another master's degree in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. She earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from Rutgers University, where she taught philosophy for many years.
Prior to DeSales, she directed one of the Bard Clemente programs in the inner city, which helps people without means to get a start in college. Also, she has been a therapist, crisis counselor and psycho-educator.
For more information on "The Human Predator," go to KatherineRamsland.com or contact Dr. Katherine Ramsland, assistant professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1445.
Press Release: Book on Serial Killers by Forensic Expert, Dr. Katherine Ramsland, is One of a Kind | Posted on: 10/31/2005
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