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Book Review: Listening to Killers - Lessons Learned From My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases

By Cara Schaefer Wieneke

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Listening to Killers - 
Lessons Learned From My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases

By James Garbarino
University of California Press (2015)
 

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What motivates people to kill? James Garbarino set out to answer that very question. In his newest book, Listening to Killers, Garbarino describes what he has learned over the last 20 years as an expert witness interviewing people accused of murder.

Garbarino has interviewed dozens of killers, and his book reports on the patterns and habits that he observed during those interviews. He argues that past experiences create a “war zone mentality” in killers that leads them to overidentify threats as serious, become hypersensitive to negative social cues, and view aggression as a successful problem-solving strategy. Coupled with untreated emotional trauma the offenders suffered during childhood, this mentality leads our clients to believe that in their world killing is often the “right” decision.

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