Ariel Castro recently committed suicide in prison and we speak with criminal psychiatrist Dr. Phillip J. Resnick about his assessment of Castro while he was in custody, as well as his experience with Andrea Yates and profiling killer moms. We also talk about husband/wife killers, the Honeymoon murder epidemic, domestic terrorists, and the social reasons that Ted Kaczynski became the Unabomber on an informative Crime Time with Allison Hope Weiner.
Phillip Resnick is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, forensic psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He has interviewed hundreds of accused criminals, notably Ariel Castro, Susan Smith, and Ted Kaczynski.
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00:01 Welcome to Crime Time.
00:36 Welcoming Dr. Phillip Resnick from Ohio.
01:15 Evaluating Ariel Castro for trial competence.
05:06 Suicide risk and Castro.
09:10 Mothers killing their children, Susan Smith and Andrea Yates.
12:50 Motivations of parents killing their children.
14:45 Andrea Yates and religious delusion to sacrifice her children.
16:07 The culpability of Andrea Yates husband for the death of his children.
18:35 Susan Smith interview and her version of the story.
22:42 Why do husbands and wives kill instead of divorce?
25:15 The Scott Peterson case.
27:37 Expected reactions of grief from family and suspects.
31:04 Distinguishing competence to stand trial vs. insanity.
33:28 Looking at Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski.
37:25 The Navy Yard shooter and psychological diagnosis vs. mass shooters.
40:15 Thanks and Goodbye!