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The EAPL-S is pleased to announce that our collaboration with the journal Psychology, Crime, and Law has resulted in a student-centred special edition showcasing student authors and student editors. The special edition will be officially published this month, but you can already find the articles online through Taylor & Francis.
See below for the full guest editorial in this issue. The article is written by the co-president of the EAPL student society, Julia Shaw, a fellow student society member, Lisa Öhman, and one of the founders of the EAPL, Peter van Koppen. You can also access the pdf of the article here. As of mid to late August 2013 you will be able to see the full list of articles in this special edition through the Taylor & Francis website, under "Volume 19: Issue 8". We will be highlighting individual articles from this issue over the coming months.
Authors: Julia Shaw a , Lisa Öhman a & Peter van Koppen a
It is our pleasure to introduce this special edition of Psychology, Crime & Law, which highlights research conducted by students in the area of psychology and law (an area also referred to as legal psychology, forensic psychology, and psycho-legal psychology). This special edition was compiled as part of the effort of the European Association of Psychology and Law Student Society (EAPL-S) to increase awareness of student research, and to promote student involvement in psychology and law.
This is a guest post by How2become on famous serial killers of the 21st century.
A serial killer is usually defined as a single person who has killed at least 3 people over a period of more than a month. In just 13 years, the 21st Century has already generated a substantial list of serial killers, each story being documented all over the press as the world watches with eager anticipation. But it does not tend to be the number of victims which is astonishing these days, it is the violence and brutality of the murders which is all the more shocking.
1. Esneda Ruiz Cataño is a Colombian woman, nicknamed ‘La deepredafora’ (The Predator) was arrested on Janurary 29, 2013, on the suspicion of murdering her three husbands. Each of them had been killed in the same way, with a single cut to the neck. The first husband, Juan Pablo Arstizábal was 33 when he was killed in 2001, in Rionegro. It turned out that Esneda Ruiz Cataño had seduced him and forced him to take out a life insurance policy where she was the only one to benefit. She earned $8,445 and a lifetime pension. The exact same thing happened with her second husband, he was stabbed in the neck by two men, who were presumably acting on Esneda Ruiz Cataño’s behalf. It was not until the third husband was killed in 2010, again from a stab wound to the neck, that the insurance company became suspicious. She was set to inherit $40, 000 but instead of paying out they contacted the police. A full investigation was carried out and Esneda Ruiz Cataño was arrested.