Abstract Richard Ramirez was convicted on thirteen counts of murder along with a host of other offenses. Ramirez can be categorized as an organized serial offender who prefers mixed sexual homicide (Douglas, Burgess, et al, 1992), as well as, an aggressive sociopath according to Lykken’s standards (1995). Although never formally diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder (APD),
Abstract Crimes which contain vampiric attributes have existed throughout history. It is estimated that several criminal acts incorporating elements associated with the vampire archetype are committed each year in the United States. One of the most widely studied investigations is the Rod Ferrell case. This paper suggests that Ferrell’s fascination with vampiric imagery provided the content
Abstract Due to the deeply personal and individually subjective nature of religious belief, unique methods of inquiry into the exploration of such phenomena are needed. This project utilized a heuristic approach to investigate how spiritual self-fulfillment is affected through the creative process of authoring prayer. Joseph Campbell’s stages of monomyth were employed as markers for
Abstract There are numerous different denominations within the greater umbrella of the Catholic Church, each with their own sacramental liturgy. Linked together through the tradition of an Apostolic successive priesthood, the Catholic Church is comprised of both well-known forms (e.g. Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) and the more obscure (e.g. Old Catholic and Liberal Catholic).
Abstract In an attempt to prevent mass-casualty attacks against the United States, analysis of terrorist groups must include their potential for the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This paper presents such a summary analysis by asking questions of a logistical and/or tactical nature and then applies the answers to both international
Abstract This study took a look at the effect symbolic analysis had in the investigation of ritualistic crime. Using a mock ritual crime scene vignette, the study analyzed choices police investigators made regarding suspect questioning. The null hypothesis was that there would be no statistical difference between those who received a symbolic analysis report in