DeSales Forensic Forum to Focus on Serial Killers

by Janelle Hill | Oct 03, 2016



This year’s DeSales University Forensic Forum takes you inside the minds of serial killers. The DeSales Criminal Justice Program is sponsoring Interviews with Serial Killers on Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. The forum will feature three experts: Katherine Ramsland, Anthony Meoli, and Martha Elliott.

Ramsland, professor of psychology and director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program, says the audience can expect to be surprised when common stereotypes are busted. “All three of us have learned things that have deepened our sense of who these people are,” she says. “We're going to be presenting things that are surprising.”

Ramsland will discuss her new book, Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer. She worked closely with Rader for five years, delving deep into the mind of the confessed killer. Ramsland will describe that relationship and Rader’s dark journey.

Meoli, co-author of Diary of the D.C. Sniper, has talked with more than 140 serial killers and murderers. He began writing to Lee Boyd Malvo in 2005. After several years of corresponding, Malvo revealed the existence of a diary he had written two years after the sniper shootings. Meoli will discuss his approach and play phone clips with several killers, including Malvo and Charles Manson. 

Elliott, an award-winning journalist, will focus on her book, The Man in the Monster, which chronicles her relationship with serial killer Michael Ross. The two met when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross’ death sentences. But he wanted to die, and for 10 years the two debated about life and death.

The DeSales Forensic Forum has been an ongoing community educational resource since 2001. Interviews with Serial Killers will be held in the Commonwealth Room of the DeSales University Center. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Call 610.282.1100, ext. 1466, to reserve your space.

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