Forensic Psychological Services

Wicked Attraction

Dr. Kirwin just filmed a segment for the true crime series “Wicked Attraction” set to air in the spring.

Dr, Barbara Kirwin with film crew     Dr, Barbara Kirwin - Wicked Attraction


She commented on two high-profile crimes that shocked the nation and offered insight into the psychological motivations that drove these criminals to murder for love:

Sienky Lallemand was a con artist. Handsome and charming, he preyed on women in boring relationships with a need for excitement, giving them a taste of the good life – both physically and materialistically.

But one affair went too far: Lisa Toney, wife of Marcus Toney – an every day Chicago guy who worked as a janitor at City Colleges. Not only would she encourage Lallemand to steal her husband’s identity – and his money – she convinced him to murder the man.

Marcus received a package addressed to him in Marshall Field’s gift wrap. He took the box to a Chicago police station as evidence of the credit card identity theft. An officer helped Marcus file a report but returned the box to him with the advice of taking up the situation with the credit bureau.

Marcus was planning to do just that. But it would be too late.

On February 15, 2000, Marcus opened the package at the urging of his best friend and a harassing voice mail message. It was a pipe bomb. Within seconds, Marcus was dead with shrapnel to the heart. His heart was truly broken.

Charles Jordan and Chrystal Soto were lovers who – along with Soto’s stepbrother -killed Soto’s grandparents, James and Ullaine Christmas, in Bowie, Texas in 2001 following an alleged fight about drug use on the couple’s property.

Jordan confessed to shooting James in the chest and striking Ullaine with the gun. Soto and her stepbrother helped bury the bodies.

Jordan and Soto ultimately staged a jailbreak with two other convicted murderers and were on the FBI’s most wanted list until they were finally captured after a hostage stand-off at a gas station convenience store.

Jordan received two life sentences for his crime; Soto is doing two ten-year sentences and one seven-year sentence for the prison break – all to run consecutively.

Hear Dr. Kirwin’s fascinating analysis of these two cases when “Wicked Attraction” airs this spring. Watch this space for scheduled date and time.