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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dr. Barbara Kirwin with fans of “The Mad, the Bad and the Innocent” and future forensic psychologists at the Meet the Authors event in Port Jefferson.

Criminal justice fans and future forensic psychologists braved the elements to hear Dr. Kirwin present at the Meet the Authors series at the Port Jefferson Free Library on February 5th.

Slush and cold winter temperatures could not keep away the faithful who turned up to hear Dr. Kirwin cover numerous cases...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Book lovers and criminal justice enthusiasts flooded Dr. Kirwin’s booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday where she signed copies of The Mad, the Bad and the Innocent.

Dr. Kirwin presented a window into the mind of serial killers to fascinated festival attendees offering chocolate brains as a fitting giveaway.

Festival-goers tested their true crime knowledge, taking a stab at our serial killer quiz which aimed to rid myths and separate fact from fiction....

Monday, September 24, 2012

Did you take our quiz at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival? Here are the answers to shed light on everything you always wanted to know about serial killers but were afraid to ask.

  1. Serial killers are all dysfunctional loners. False

    The majority of serial killers are not reclusive, social misfits who live alone. They are not monsters and may not appear strange. Many serial killers hide in plain sight within their communities. Serial...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Could the tragic movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado been prevented?

24-year-old James Holmes was seemingly showing signs of paranoid schizophrenia before he allegedly took the lives of 12 people and wounded 58 others at the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 Theaters.

Holmes joins a growing list of notorious perpetrators – from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski to Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho – all exhibiting nearly...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dr. Barbara Kirwin was recently featured on the A&E program, “Long Island Serial Killer” on July 12th and 13th.

The show looked at the unfolding events behind the highly publicized serial killings along a deserted stretch of road in Suffolk County, Long Island. 10 bodies have been found; among them, four prostitutes who had advertised on CraigsList.

Families of the victims believe the serial killer is hiding in nearby, wealthy Oak Beach; its residents have kept...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dr. Barbara Kirwin offers a fascinating analysis of what makes Don Draper tick.

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Does he have the makings of a true Icarus Man?...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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Dr. Kirwin dispels the myths and answers questions students typically ask in this light-hearted animation.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Air date: 2/11/12

In the second installment of the Scorned Series on Investigation Discovery (in association with Optomem Productions), Dr. Kirwin discusses the infamous Pamela Smart case - the cheerleader/schoolteacher who allegedly seduced one of her students and set him up to murder her husband.

This is the second appearance for Dr. Kirwin on the popular Scorned Series, following her interview on the blockbuster January 21st episode where she discussed the Elizabeth Shannon...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Read Dr. Barbara Kirwin's analysis of Herman Cain and why he fits the profile of the ultimate Icarus Man.

Herman Cain, whose sexual indiscretions and alleged 13 year affair have exploded all over the media, may be the latest victim of the Icarus Complex. He just suspended his Presidential bid after his standing in the polls declined and many of his supporters fled.

Cain manifests many of the traits characteristic of the Icarus Complex. He is a driven over-achiever, a hugely...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Barbara Kirwin, Ph. D. contributed to the New York Times Neonaticide article - Why They Kill Their Newborns By Steven Pinker published on November 2, 1997. The concepts of this article are stil discussed and analyzed in many of Dr. Kirwins presentations and consulting work.