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2: 102: Are Killers Born Bad or Are They Made That Way?

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Nature or nurture? What makes a man evil? Is it genetics or is it their environment? And is there even such a thing as free will?

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The world has changed. A new tool has been created to solve the coldest cases. And if we're not careful, it'll be taken away from us in a heartbeat.

5: 205: Psychics and Crime

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4: 204: Why Do We Still Have the Death Penalty?

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3: 203: Does Psychological Profiling Really Work?

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2: 202: How Do Psychopaths Convince Others to Kill?

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Charles Manson never killed anybody. He tricked his friends into doing it for him. But how? And could any one of us be tricked into doing evil deeds?

1: 201: Are Lie Detectors Reliable?

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We've all heard the saying, "Lie detectors can't be used in a court of law." But is that really true? And can a machine ever really know the mind of a man?

6: 106: Effect & Cause

May 1st, 2018

20:39

We want so desperately to go back in time and stop a crime from happening. But we can't change the past. Or can we?

5: 105: Does Everyone Have the Capacity to Kill?

May 1st, 2018

24:24

You're not a murderer, right? You wouldn't even hurt a fly, would you? Don't be so sure.

4: 104: How Should the Media Cover Crime?

May 1st, 2018

34:15

A brief history of crime reporting and how we screwed it up in America.

3: 103: What is Occam's Razor?

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23:54

One of the most important tools to detectives is a heuristic known as Occam's Razor. But you must wield it carefully or you end up hurting the wrong …

1: 101: Why Is True Crime So Popular?

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Where does our fascination with true crime come from? When did this obsession begin? Renner traces it all back to the "true crime singularity."

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