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Killer Psyche

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When a shocking crime occurs, people ask “Why?” Was it about power, ego, or revenge? On Killer Psyche, retired FBI agent Candice DeLong draws on her decades of experience to reveal why these murderers and criminals committed these heinous acts. She will reveal fascinating new details about what drove these people, including cases she was close to. Candice will share specific psychological methods and profiling techniques that experts use to understand the deepest part of the most complex, fa ...
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Ethan Crumbley was just 15 years old when he was arrested for killing four students and injuring several others in a shooting at Oxford High School in 2021. When investigators learned that his parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, failed to prevent the deadly actions of their son, they were charged and eventually convicted of involuntary manslaught…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into a tragic family betrayal: the antifreeze murders. Diane Staudte, a seemingly ordinary wife and mother from Missouri, shocked her community when it was revealed she was responsible for a series of poisonings that led to the deaths of her husband, her son and the hospitalization of her …
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In February, former “mommy vlogger” Ruby Franke and therapist Jodi Hildebrandt were sent to prison after their abuse of Ruby’s children came to light. But even with the duo behind bars, new information has made its way into the headlines – including Ruby’s own diary, in which she meticulously documented the abuse of her children whom she deemed “ma…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Jennifer Pan, a Canadian woman of Vietnamese descent who gained infamy for orchestrating a complex deception that culminated in the murder of her mother and the attempted murder of her father in 2010. Unable to meet her controlling parents high expectations, Jennifer fabric…
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When longtime Sherman Oaks resident Charles Wilding stopped leaving his house in 2020, his neighbors became concerned. But what troubled them the most was the arrival of Caroline Herrling, a stranger claiming to be Charles’ trustee, responsible for restoring and selling his home. Eventually, neighbors and authorities would learn that Caroline was t…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the sordid case of Israel Keyes, one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Though Keyes was only formally charged with one murder, he is suspected of the sexual assault and killing of eleven other victims. His ability to evade detection for years left behind …
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the case of Yolanda Saldivar, who became famous after she murdered the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla. Claiming to be Selena’s biggest fan, Yolanda was given permission to form the young singer’s fan club and became an integral part of Selena’s other business ventures. Bu…
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In 2020, Chad Daybell was arrested alongside his wife, Lori Vallow, in the deaths of Lori’s two children and his first wife Tammy. The murders have been tied to Chad and Lori’s belief of an impending apocalypse. Lori has been convicted and sentenced for her role in the crimes – and with Chad’s trial just around the corner, many are wondering how hi…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong examines the famous case of Jim Jones and the massacre in Jonestown, Guyana. Jones was the dynamic leader of The People's Temple cult, who moved his followers to a compound in Guyana to escape scrutiny. When California Congressman Leo Ryan took a group of journalists to investigate the claims t…
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When 13-year-old Madeline Soto did not show up to middle school on February 26th, her mother’s boyfriend, Stephan Sterns, claimed he dropped the teenager off that morning safe and sound. Since then, investigators have found evidence suggesting that Stephan sexually abused Madeline for years. When her body was found just days later, their missing pe…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong unearths the case of Randall Woodfield, also known as the "I-5 Killer." A former football player turned serial killer who terrorized the West Coast in the 1970s, he preyed on victims along the Interstate 5 corridor, committing a string of murders, rapes, and robberies. Despite his charming faca…
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Karen Read was charged with second-degree murder for the death of her boyfriend, Boston Police officer John O’Keefe. According to prosecutors, Karen deliberately hit John with her car while dropping him off at a friend’s house, leaving him to die in the snow. But her defense team claims that she is the victim of a cover up, perpetrated by the polic…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into the death of Sherry Rasmussen, who was murdered by her boyfriend's jilted ex-lover, a former Los Angeles Police Department detective. Candice unravels the layers of deception, betrayal, and obsession that culminated in murder. The episode explores the devastating consequences of Steph…
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Ruby Franke’s popular YouTube channel, 8 Passengers, amassed millions of followers in just a few years. Viewers were drawn to vlogs about her life as a mother of six children. But her online facade fell apart when it was revealed that she, with the help of her counselor and business partner Jodi Hildebrandt, horrifically abused her children behind …
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the many crimes of Joseph Paul Franklin. Desperate to start a "race war," Franklin's antisemitic and racist beliefs led him to murder over twenty-two people, from interracial couples to magazine publishers who stood against white supremacy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.c…
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The Netflix docuseries “Lover, Stalker, Killer” digs into the head-scratching story of Liz Golyar, who, for three years, fooled her ex-fling Dave into thinking that his current partner, Cari Farver, was a deranged and deadly stalker. But in reality, Liz had killed Cari. It was Liz who assumed her identity and terrorized Dave – and herself – just to…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong bites into the case of Dean Corrl, also known as The Candyman. Corrl sexually assaulted two young men and manipulated them into recruiting victims for him to torture, rape and kill. Eventually, Dean lost control - and his life - to one of his young accomplices, but not before he killed over twe…
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When Denise Huskins was kidnapped in 2015, police in Vallejo California were skeptical, convinced she and her boyfriend were carrying out an elaborate hoax. Now, their unbelievable true story is the subject of the Netflix docuseries “American Nightmare,” which details how investigators got it all wrong. Local crime journalist Henry Lee was contacte…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the case of Arthur Shawcross, known as The Genesee River Killer. A notorious American serial killer, Shawcross' reign of terror spanned from 1972 to 1989. Candice digs into how his time in the army during the Vietnam war may have made him a murderer. See Privacy Policy at https://art…
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In 2021, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley killed four of his classmates at Oxford High School in Michigan. He was convicted for his crimes – and this week, so was his mother, Jennifer Crumbley. For the first time in US history, a parent of a mass school shooter was held criminally responsible for their child’s actions. In today’s Headlines episode, Candi…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into the case of mass murderer Charles Roberts. In 2006, Roberts took an Amish school in Pennsylvania hostage and killed ten young girls before shooting himself. Candice explores how Charles could have gone from a devoted father of two, and loving husband, into a child murderer. See Privac…
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Dr. Serhat Gumrukcu, an ex-magician turned wunderkind scientist, raised millions of dollars for his revolutionary medical treatments and boldly claimed he could cure HIV, cancer and hepatitis. But when his miracle treatment is questioned and his flourishing career threatened, Dr. Serhat resorts to extreme measures, including an alleged murder-for-h…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Bryan Patrick Miller, a cosplay enthusiast known for his elaborate "Zombie Hunter" costume. Bryan was sentenced to death for the murder of two young women in Phoenix, over thirty years ago. After his father's death and years of abuse at the hands of his mother, Bryan took o…
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Courts across the country are preparing for a busy year with several high-profile trials on the docket. From Bryan Kohberger to Richard Allen, many headline-dominating defendants may be handed down a verdict by year's end. In this Headlines episode, Candice speaks with legal analyst Josh Ritter to discuss the trials to keep an eye on in 2024 – with…
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Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs deeper into the case of Paolo Macchiarini, the subject of Wondery's podcast and the new season of Peacock's TV series Dr. Death. Paolo was a star surgeon whose revolutionary development and use of synthetic windpipes was thought to put him on track to win a Nobel Prize. However, instead of …
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In 2015, Gypsy Rose Blanchard enlisted the help of her boyfriend to kill her own mother, who suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The case quickly became a media sensation, with documentaries and television shows depicting the years of medical and physical abuse Gypsy endured at the hands of her mother. In December 2023, she was granted paro…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler, Candice DeLong examines the crimes of Graham Young, also known as the Teacup Poisoner. Young began poisoning his victims at the age of 13. Candice explores what could have happened to create a killer at such a young age. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https:/…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the tale of John Joseph Joubert, an airforce radar technician who strangled three young boys to death. Though John’s childhood was filled with loneliness and bullying, it was his obsession with old school detective magazines that fueled his fantasies of murder. See Privacy Policy at …
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Winnie Ruth Judd, The Trunk Slayer. Ruth made headlines in the 1930s when news broke that she had killled two of her friends, chopped them up, and took their body parts with her to California. But when Candice researches the case, she learns there is much more to Ruth than …
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into John Bunting, the ring leader of the Australian Snowtown murders. Bunting recruited acolytes to help him kill those he deemed unfit to live. Bunting considered himself a vigilante for justice, but his sadistic nature and financial crimes suggest otherwise. Candice explores the psychol…
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In the second episode of our two-parter, retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong continues the case of Sante and Kenneth Kimes, a mother-son duo whose criminal exploits shocked the nation. Candice digs deeper into the complicated and potentially incestuous relationship between mother and son, and how their dynamic contributed to thei…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the sinister activities of Sante and Kenneth Kimes, a mother-son duo whose criminal exploits shocked the nation. They were jailed for, among other crimes, the murder of 82 year old Irene Silverman in 2000, after Sante plotted to kill her to take ownership of her Upper East Side…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the case of Danny Rolling, aka The Gainsville Ripper. Candice explores how Rolling's murders terrified the city of Gainsville so much that students from the local university left the school in droves. Rolling's rash of serial murders have inspired the horror movie "Scream." What were…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the particular case of Vickie Dawn Jackson. Seen by her peers as the ultimate caregiver and considerate nurse - one who looked up to Florence Nightingale - Vickie left a trail of 10 bodies in her wake, mostly elderly patients, including family friends. From her firsthand knowle…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the case of Mark Hofmann, who became rich by forging documents and selling them to the Mormon church. Candice explores how Hofmann went from conman to murderer after his schemes began to fall apart. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at htt…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong shares her question and answer session from CrimeCon 2023, where the audience had the chance to ask her anything. From the chances of meeting a serial killer to what harm reduction techniques you can adopt to protect yourself, Candice shares her knowledge and first hand experience with the audi…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong shares her question and answer session from CrimeCon 2023, where the audience had the chance to ask her anything. From the chances of meeting a serial killer to what harm reduction techniques you can adopt to protect yourself, Candice shares her knowledge and first hand experience with the audi…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into one of America’s creepiest tales: the mysterious H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle.” In this Halloween episode, Candice walks us through Holmes’ murders and the castle’s lore to separate fact from fiction. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the sordid case of Larry Gene Bell, the South Carolina serial killer who murdered teenage girl Shari Smith and 9-year-old Debra Helmick. Candice's mentor at the FBI, John Douglas, helped identify Bell and called him “one of the most sadistic murderers I’ve come across" for torm…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into the shooting of Mary Jo Buttafuoco by then 17-year-old Amy Fisher, who was having an affair with Mary Jo's husband, Joey. Candice delves into Amy's troubled background and the fallout of Amy's lethal infatuation. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy N…
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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the murders of 14 year-old Libby German and 13 year-old Abigail Williams. After five years, Richard Allen has been arrested for the "delphi murders." Candice also speaks with journalist Susan Hendrix, who covered the case and has written a new book about it entitled, "Down the Hill: …
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When Mike Williams went missing in Tallahassee, Florida in 2000, the community was devastated. But 17 years later, a major breakthrough exposed what really happened to Mike – and the sinister plot carried out by two unlikely suspects. Jennifer Portman, host of the podcast Over My Dead Body Season 4: Gone Hunting, spent more than a decade covering e…
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In the second half of this two-part episode, former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong continues to explore the case of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, two young men who murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks. 19-year-old Nathan and 18-year-old Richard sought to commit what they called "the perfect murder.", In this episode, Candice focuses…
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Since 2017, CrimeCon has brought together thousands of fans to connect with some of the biggest names in the true crime world. While at the event last week, Candice sat down with Kevin Balfe, the founder of CrimeCon, to reflect on how the convention got its start and why it continues to grow each year. To learn more about CrimeCon and future events…
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In the first half of this two-part episode, former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, two young men who murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks. 19-year-old Nathan and 18-year-old Richard sought to commit what they called "the perfect murder." Candice dives deep into the psyches of the two…
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Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the East Hampton murder and its major players, Danny Pelosi and Generosa Ammon. The murder made national headlines due to the very wealthy victim and the over the top behavior of its main suspects. Candice also uses her own personal experience from her interview with Danny Pelosi to …
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Killer Psyche is back! Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong continues her fascinating deep dives into the complex psychology and unsettling motivations behind the most disturbing criminal figures. Candice will explore well-known killers like Leopold & Loeb, and others not so well-known like Belle Guinness, the Norwegian Killer. Kil…
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Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong exposes the case of "La Malaviejitas" Juana Barraza. A former professional wrestler, Juana is one of Mexico's most prolific serial killers, who terrorized elderly women in Mexico City. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-n…
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From 2015 to 2016, a northwest England hospital had an unusual spike in newborn deaths. After a lengthy investigation, the mysterious deaths were traced back to neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, who was recently convicted on seven counts of murder. In today’s Ripped from the Headlines, Candice and her producer Julie Berke dig deeper into the case, and exp…
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