Faculty Member Dr. Katherine Ramsland Collaborates with Convicted Serial Killer for Academic Book

by Tom McNamara | Oct 13, 2014

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales, is writing a book about the mind of a serial killer, Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer. Rader is corresponding with Ramsland from prison and is cooperating with the book.

Ramsland, who has been quoted in many media outlets about this project, including The New York Times, ABC News, People, and London’s The Daily Mail, says the book will be academic and nonsensational. “I’m trying to make this a serious effort that will have some benefit for people who study this kind of crime,” she said. Among this group she includes law enforcement, criminologists, and psychologists.

Ramsland is the author of 55 nonfiction books and more than one thousand articles on serial killers, criminal investigation, and criminal psychology. She writes a blog for Psychology Today and is a frequent commentator on crime documentaries.

Because of a settlement with his victims’ families, Rader cannot profit from the book. Most of the compensation from the project will be given to a trust set up for the victims’ families.

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