The myth of the out of character crime

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Alexandria, Virginia-based Samenow has been a forensic psychologist for 37 years, and is frequently called to testify in court cases. He is the author or co-author of several books on criminal behavior and the criminal mind. In his latest text, he argues that "people always respond in character," displaying consistency in the patterns of thinking and behavior they employ throughout life. By probing various aspects of offenders' lives it is possible to reveal characteristics that were always present in those individuals, and show that the crimes they've committed were actually not out of character. Drawing on his firsthand experiences of interviewing and treating such offenders, Samenow offers numerous case examples of everyday people committing extraordinary crimes, among them the Washington, D.C. sniper Lee Malvo. For law enforcement personnel, criminal justice professionals, criminologists, students, and interested general readers. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents The "out of character" crime -- Thinking errors as a key to character -- Realities about the "out of character" crime -- Secret controllers -- Sociological and psychological determinism: road to a deadend -- Interviewing the defendant: the setting -- Homicide of a husband by his wife or alter ego? -- The defendant's view of himself or herself as a good person -- Pretensions -- The self as unique and irresistible -- "I think; therefore it is" -- The unimportance of feelings -- The defendant's use of language -- Having a thin skin: susceptibility to putdowns -- The self as the center of the universe -- Six tactics used by defendants to control interviews -- Secret controllers: several cases -- Can a person correct thinking errors? -- Epilogue.
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