Criminologist Adrian Raine was the first person to conduct a brain imaging study on murderers, violent criminals and psychopaths. His research convinced him that while there is a social and environmental connection to violent behavior, there is also a biological component. Raine says this re-visioning of violent criminals could potentially help direct how we approach crime prevention and rehabilitation.

He tells us about working with psychopaths:

"The most striking thing I found working one-to-one with psychopaths is … how I really liked being with them, which is shocking and at the time surprising to me but, gosh, I loved dealing with the psychopaths because they were great storytellers. They were always fun. They were always interesting, and I was fascinated most of all with how they could con and manipulate me."

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"I want to be a good person, but I’m just not…" - Ted Bundy

Most serial killers have no control over their homicidal impulses. Ted Bundy, for example, could recognise that what he was doing was completely wrong, but his strong desires fueled by his psychopathic nature overcame any shadows of conscience and he ultimately lost control of his perverted desires. In a later interview, Bundy stated that he "just wanted to kill!"

Thanks to modern forensic science, the true identity of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer responsible for at least five grisly murders in Whitechapel in East London during the autumn of 1888 has finally been revealed.

DNA evidence has now shown beyond reasonable doubt that Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper.

A shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims, has been analysed and found to contain DNA from her blood as well as DNA from the killer.

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I do consider “rape culture” to be a useful and accurate way of describing the way in which sexual violence has been normalized and sexualized in our culture. There is simply no denying that, when we see male students “joking” about raping female students, as we did recently at the University of Ottawa, when fraternities are untouchable on campus despite the fact that the “Greek scene” is a cesspool of toxic masculinity and sexual violence, when students at Canadian universities participate in “rape chants” during frosh week while fellow students are actually being raped on campus, when violent pornography that depicts sexual violence is defended as “just a fantasy,” or when we learn that acting out rape scenes is a way for us to recover from our own trauma, when women are afraid to walk alone at night, when women are afraid to be home alone at night in their own homes – this is a rape culture. We’re living it, every day.

Ted Bundy waving to his female fans in the courtroom.

The killer gained a lot of female attention due to his handsome looks and charming personality. Some aficionados even went as far as believing he was completely innocent, with one girl saying that Bundy was “too cute” to be a serial killer. Evidently, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as not only did the evidence against him demonstrate someone who was calculated and generally psychopathic, but his confession of numerous slayings across America finally caused people to overlook the superficial charm that had allowed him to win over so many people in the past, including his victims.

Trying to discover Jack the Ripper‘s identity remains one of criminology’s enduring puzzles. Several potential suspects exist, and have existed since the murders were committed. But the relatively primitive police work of the day and the loss of physical evidence over time means the mystery may never be solved.

Whether the killer was a member of the royal family, as one popular theory has it, or a surgeon with a grudge, at least two things are certain: Jack was skilled with a knife and certainly a sexual psychopath. All the Ripper’s victims had their throats cut and all were sexually mutilated: the unfortunate Ms. Kelly worst of all. When discovered by her landlord’s rent collector, she was barely recognizable as a human being.

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Libra: Bonnie Parker

One half of the Bonnie and Clyde gang during the Depression. The two robbed banks and stores. It is presumed that the two have murdered thirteen people during their reign.

Scorpio: Charles Manson

Manson led a quasi-commune known as the Manson Family. Althought he himself never killed, he was found guilty of a concpiracy to murder. Manson is assiocated with the The Beatles song Helter Skelter which he interpreted as an apocalyptic race war.

Sagittarius: Ted Bundy

A well known American serial killer, rapist and necrophiliac. Bundy assaulted an unknown amount of young women and girls during the 1970’s. He escaped the law twice but was caught and later died in the electric chair.

Capricorn: Al Capone

A notorious American gangster and crime lord during the 1930’s. After serving eight years in federal prisons, Capone was released

Aquarius: Andrew Kehoe

Known as a mass murderer, Kehoe murdered 44 people including his wife and 38 children in what is known as the Bath School disaster in 1927 by setting off bombs. He committed suicide shortly after.

Pisces: John Wayne Gacy 

Also known as Killer Clown, Gacy was serial killer and rapist convicted of 33 murders of young men and teenage boys. He was executed by lethal injection.