The Emotions of Sociopaths and Psychopaths

Scott Bonn - Psychopaths


Q1-01:37: Let’s start with the question that’s probably most recognizable with your name: Why do we love serial killers? 

Q2-06:28: What do you find really is the human emotion that drives the need for a topic like serial killing? What emotion drives that need to look at that stuff and be fascinated by it?

Q3-10:04: As an expert on the behavior, what insights can you share regarding any common traits that are shared among the group of these individuals? What defines a psychopath? 

Q4-17:31: Have you found any common triggers that start serial violent offenders’ activity? 

Dr Scott Bonn is a professor of criminology, media analyst, public speaker and author, here to explain the emotions of sociopaths and psychopaths.


Q5-22:20: The emotion of desire has a different level of intensity between murderer versus serial sex offender?

Q6-24:30: Give our listeners your perspective on things like race, age, and gender for both serial offenders and the victims.

Q7-27:30: You must have one favorite case of a serial killer. Share that with us and tell us something more of the emotional background of that case. 

Q8-32:37: We have a question from one of our listeners. Her name is Maggy, she’s from Chicago. One of her male friends has recently started down a path of increased drug used and became anti-social. She’s wondering how to deal with him and whether she should be worried about if he could become violent maybe? 

Q10-32:48: As we wrap up, what is on the near-term horizon for you with respect to research and or speaking engagements at conferences.



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Dr. Scott Bonn is a professor of criminology, media analyst, public speaker and author. He is an expert on criminal behavior and the motivations of criminals. He offers insights into various types of crime, including white-collar, state crime, bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault and serial homicide. His expert commentary frequently appears in the popular news media.

Dr. Bonn is the author of “Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq,” a critically acclaimed book on war crime and terrorism from Rutgers University Press. His most recent book focuses on the public’s fascination with serial killers. In this best-selling book, he offers insights into the minds of infamous predators and explains how and why serial killers are often transformed into ghoulish popular culture celebrities by the media. Published in 2014 by Skyhorse Press, it is titled “Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers.”

Visit Dr. Bonn’s website docbonn.com, follow him @DocBonn on Twitter and read his crime blog “Wicked Deeds” at psychologytoday.com

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