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When a shocking crime occurs, people ask “Why?” Was it about power, ego, or revenge? On Killer Psyche, retired FBI agent Candice DeLong draws on her decades of experience to reveal why these murderers and criminals committed these heinous acts. She will reveal fascinating new details about what drove these people, including cases she was close to. Candice will share specific psychological methods and profiling techniques that experts use to understand the deepest part of the most complex, fascinating, and twisted minds, from the Unabomber to Alex Murdaugh to Mary Bell.


You can listen to Killer Psyche one week early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app. Killer Psyche season 3 will be available September 19th on Wondery+ and September 26th wherever you get your podcasts.

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Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong bites into the case of Dean Corrl, also known as The Candyman. Corrl sexually assaulted two young men and manipulated them into recruiting victims for him to torture, rape and kill. Eventually, Dean lost control - and his life - to one of his young accomplices, but not before he killed over twenty seven young men. Dean's twenty eighth victim has not been identified. Please see the link below if you have any information: https://www.missingkids.org/blog/2023/candy-man-victimSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When Denise Huskins was kidnapped in 2015, police in Vallejo California were skeptical, convinced she and her boyfriend were carrying out an elaborate hoax. Now, their unbelievable true story is the subject of the Netflix docuseries “American Nightmare,” which details how investigators got it all wrong. Local crime journalist Henry Lee was contacted by the kidnapper Matthew Muller early in the investigation, hoping to use him as a conduit to the press. In today’s Headlines, Henry joins Candice to discuss his role in the case, and how he navigated being pulled into the story himself. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the case of Arthur Shawcross, known as The Genesee River Killer. A notorious American serial killer, Shawcross' reign of terror spanned from 1972 to 1989. Candice digs into how his time in the army during the Vietnam war may have made him a murderer. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In 2021, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley killed four of his classmates at Oxford High School in Michigan. He was convicted for his crimes – and this week, so was his mother, Jennifer Crumbley. For the first time in US history, a parent of a mass school shooter was held criminally responsible for their child’s actions. In today’s Headlines episode, Candice speaks with legal analyst Josh Ritter to break down the key evidence from the trial, and discuss how the landmark ruling could affect similar cases in the future.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into the case of mass murderer Charles Roberts. In 2006, Roberts took an Amish school in Pennsylvania hostage and killed ten young girls before shooting himself. Candice explores how Charles could have gone from a devoted father of two, and loving husband, into a child murderer.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dr. Serhat Gumrukcu, an ex-magician turned wunderkind scientist, raised millions of dollars for his revolutionary medical treatments and boldly claimed he could cure HIV, cancer and hepatitis. But when his miracle treatment is questioned and his flourishing career threatened, Dr. Serhat resorts to extreme measures, including an alleged murder-for-hire. In this Killer Psyche: Headlines episode, Candice and her producer Julie discuss the latest subject of the Dr. Death podcast, and explore the chilling, psychopathic similarities that exist between Dr. Serhat and the infamous Elizabeth Holmes. Listen to Dr. Death Season 4: Bad Magic: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-death/id1421573955 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Bryan Patrick Miller, a cosplay enthusiast known for his elaborate "Zombie Hunter" costume. Bryan was sentenced to death for the murder of two young women in Phoenix, over thirty years ago. After his father's death and years of abuse at the hands of his mother, Bryan took out his rage on young women. Candice explains how neither mental institutions nor prison could stop the Canal Killer. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Courts across the country are preparing for a busy year with several high-profile trials on the docket. From Bryan Kohberger to Richard Allen, many headline-dominating defendants may be handed down a verdict by year's end. In this Headlines episode, Candice speaks with legal analyst Josh Ritter to discuss the trials to keep an eye on in 2024 – with a special look into the ongoing trial of Michelle Troconis, accused of helping her boyfriend cover up the murder of his ex-wife, Jennifer Dulos, in 2019.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs deeper into the case of Paolo Macchiarini, the subject of Wondery's podcast and the new season of Peacock's TV series Dr. Death. Paolo was a star surgeon whose revolutionary development and use of synthetic windpipes was thought to put him on track to win a Nobel Prize. However, instead of helping countless lives like it promised, it was actually a path to his patient’s torturous death. Candice examines how this star surgeon continued to rise even as his victims were falling; and what compelled him to continue his deception. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In 2015, Gypsy Rose Blanchard enlisted the help of her boyfriend to kill her own mother, who suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The case quickly became a media sensation, with documentaries and television shows depicting the years of medical and physical abuse Gypsy endured at the hands of her mother. In December 2023, she was granted parole – and became an overnight celebrity in the process. In this Headlines episode, Candice and her producer Julie Berke discuss what drove Gypsy to plan a murder, why her sentence was lighter than her co-conspirator’s, and how her newfound fame could impact her life moving forward.Welcome to Killer Psyche Headlines, a news-driven weekly minisode where host Candice Delong discusses the latest in the world of true crime, and the recent cases that keep her up at night.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler, Candice DeLong examines the crimes of Graham Young, also known as the Teacup Poisoner. Young began poisoning his victims at the age of 13. Candice explores what could have happened to create a killer at such a young age.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the tale of John Joseph Joubert, an airforce radar technician who strangled three young boys to death. Though John’s childhood was filled with loneliness and bullying, it was his obsession with old school detective magazines that fueled his fantasies of murder.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Winnie Ruth Judd, The Trunk Slayer. Ruth made headlines in the 1930s when news broke that she had killled two of her friends, chopped them up, and took their body parts with her to California. But when Candice researches the case, she learns there is much more to Ruth than the media's moniker of her as a "crazy axe murderess."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into John Bunting, the ring leader of the Australian Snowtown murders. Bunting recruited acolytes to help him kill those he deemed unfit to live. Bunting considered himself a vigilante for justice, but his sadistic nature and financial crimes suggest otherwise. Candice explores the psychological factors that created the monster that led others to perpetrate the Snowtown murders.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In the second episode of our two-parter, retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong continues the case of Sante and Kenneth Kimes, a mother-son duo whose criminal exploits shocked the nation. Candice digs deeper into the complicated and potentially incestuous relationship between mother and son, and how their dynamic contributed to their cycle of grift and murder.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the sinister activities of Sante and Kenneth Kimes, a mother-son duo whose criminal exploits shocked the nation. They were jailed for, among other crimes, the murder of 82 year old Irene Silverman in 2000, after Sante plotted to kill her to take ownership of her Upper East Side mansion. Candice explores the complicated and potentially incestuous relationship between mother and son, and what might have led them down this trail of death.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the case of Danny Rolling, aka The Gainsville Ripper. Candice explores how Rolling's murders terrified the city of Gainsville so much that students from the local university left the school in droves. Rolling's rash of serial murders have inspired the horror movie "Scream." What were the similarities between the movie's Ghostface Killer and the real Gainsville Ripper? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the particular case of Vickie Dawn Jackson. Seen by her peers as the ultimate caregiver and considerate nurse - one who looked up to Florence Nightingale - Vickie left a trail of 10 bodies in her wake, mostly elderly patients, including family friends. From her firsthand knowlege after interviewing Vickie in the past, Candice digs into her motivations and what changed in Vickie's life that may have led her to murder. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the case of Mark Hofmann, who became rich by forging documents and selling them to the Mormon church. Candice explores how Hofmann went from conman to murderer after his schemes began to fall apart.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong shares her question and answer session from CrimeCon 2023, where the audience had the chance to ask her anything. From the chances of meeting a serial killer to what harm reduction techniques you can adopt to protect yourself, Candice shares her knowledge and first hand experience with the audience. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Melissa

OMG.

Feb 20th
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RACHAEL BYCE

this medical abuse is not as rare as we think ... it's just rarely caught or reported!

Jan 20th
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Sean Rosenau

2:35

Jan 20th
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Sean Rosenau

Glad the poor girl is out. Her and her guy friend should never have been imprisoned in the first place. What happened to the mother was self-defense goddammit.

Jan 20th
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Jan 18th
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Lo K

The host has such a bad take on this. Poor Aileen.

Jan 8th
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Rebecca Butcher

This is the only podcast I've found about Winnie Ruth Judd. Such a fascinating case!

Jan 7th
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John Doe 36 "likes them young"

How can anyone be called an "insurrectionist" when they've literally never been charged with, hence never been convicted of insurrection?

Jan 3rd
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Art 34

Got to get the woke ideology in there. So sick of this.

Jan 1st
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Zsazsa

Please turn down the dramatic background music. It's annoying AF and drowns out Candaces voice.

Dec 31st
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Lenora Thorium

LSD does not *cause* mental illness. It can aggravate pre-existing mental illness, however (just like any other drug). And, contrary to what is said in this episode, negative life consequences due to "bad trips" are actually quite UNcommon. Much of the bad press concerning LSD stems from either government propaganda or urban legend. And "LSD addiction" is practically unheard of, so much so that you might say it does not exist! (See above about government propaganda.)

Dec 7th
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Gaploon

Too many episodes that sound like bad armchair psychologist who got info from detective shows, books, pop culture and other true crime pods. Oh and just fast Google search without looking more deeply. Show just don't sound like someone that did work on mental health field. Shame as this would have been new and interesting way to see crime.

Nov 1st
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kristen chatten

if I wanted to listen to red-handed I would have

Oct 30th
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Aakash Amanat

In the captivating world of true crime podcasts, "Killer Psyche" stands out as an enthralling exploration of the complex and often chilling minds of some of history's most notorious killers. This podcast delves deep into the psychological aspects of their crimes, offering listeners a comprehensive understanding of what drives individuals to commit such heinous acts. https://www.fixerhub.com/illinois/chicago/professional-service/tray-crafters "Killer Psyche" employs a multifaceted approach to dissect the minds of these killers. It draws on the expertise of forensic psychologists, criminologists, and seasoned criminal profilers to provide well-researched insights into the motives, behaviors, and backgrounds of these criminals. https://www.bizmakersamerica.org/chicago-il/manufacturing/tray-crafters

Oct 25th
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Lenora Thorium

For planning the "perfect murder", they sure made a lot of mistakes. Typical narcissistic little shits

Oct 25th
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Toilet Brush Head

NY demoncrap vermin pulls fire alarm in the House in protest of the CR (which sniveling Joe Briben' told the demoncraps to do to save face), and MAGA are the extremists?

Sep 30th
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Toilet Brush Head

Robert Kennedy announces his run as an independent. This will effectively bleed off 20% of Joe Briben's vote, making it extremely difficult for the demoncraps to steal another election from President Donald J Trump.

Sep 29th
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Sean Rosenau

Great. Another episode that isn't really an episode.

Sep 29th
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Toilet Brush Head

Joe Briben's dog bites another person, bringing the total to 11. Did the dog get a hit of that cocaine hunter dropped in the White House?

Sep 27th
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Leah

Being away from his mother for three weeks caused his “sociopathy” (an outdated term)? Give me a break. Making it that simplistic gives this episodes a pop psychology feel that takes away from any credibility the podcast is trying to lend to criminal profiling. At least be thorough in your analysis.

Sep 15th
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