The insanity defense, which dates back to ancient times, is a controversial defense option. In fact, not all 50 states allow an insanity defense, and several of those that do have rejected "not guilty by reason of insanity" in favor of the less-forgiving "guilty but insane."
Good news for folklore enthusiasts and legend trippers: Killer Legends, a smart, scary documentary I discussed when it was first aired back in February, is now available on DVD and iTunes.
In the '70s the U.S. experienced a frightening uptick in the number of active serial killers. In that decade, according to the serial killer information center at Radford University, there were 450 individual serial killers at work. Over the previous decade the number stood at 156.
The Chicago Reader's Michael Miner posted a story on April 17 that provided a nice roundup of some of the issues in the still-unfolding case of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
If we choose as a society to ignore corruption, we inevitably leave ourselves open to falling into these same scenarios, over and over again.
The announcement by Chicago's Cook County Sheriff's Office with the go-ahead for a search at an apartment building on the city's northwest side should be welcome by families of the missing who have spent 35 years or more searching for their sons.
Someone will object that all this talk about sin ignores the obvious fact that someone like James Holmes is plagued by delusions. No doubt, but so are we all. The stone throwing has already begun.
The good news for GOP hopefuls is that they need look no further than the ABBA canon when selecting their own theme music.
Obama declared that the past week "has been a reminder of what we're about as a people." It was a week in which our nation puffed out its collective chest and took deep satisfaction in one man's demise.