Thursday, October 11, 2007

Exploring Psychology: The Unabomber and the Zodiac (One & The Same?)

Exploring Psychology

Today's exploring psychology blog post comes courtesy of my favourite psychology podcaster "Dr Dave", who is known in more formal surroundings as David Van Nuys, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Dr Dave's podcast show "Shrink Rap Radio" comes complete with the wonderful tagline "All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous"

The psychology podcast I've chosen to showcase taps into my academic interest in forensic psychology and features a fascinating interview with Douglas Evander Oswell who has spent over 10 years researching the methods, motives, psychological attributes and connection between the Unabomber and the Zodiac. As Oswell notes:

"In the spring of 1995, as accounts of the yet-uncaptured Unabomber began to filter through the media, I immediately noticed a distinct set of similarities between the methods and motives of the Unabomber and the Zodiac. One year later, the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski and the consequent flood of information pertaining to his past, did nothing to allay my growing suspicion that Kaczynski may have actually committed the crimes of Zodiac."

During the interview Oswell provides an overview of the Zodiac case and the unabomber case, he outlines the striking connections between the two cases and he discusses the distinction between serial killers, recreational killers and mass murderers.

Listen To The Interview

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Related Media

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The Unabomber:

Related Reading

The Unabomber and the Zodiac By Douglas Evander Oswell

Book Description

The Zodiac Killer murdered five people between December of 1968 and October of 1969. The murders were followed by letters to the news media demanding publication of his threats and other written material, on pain of further killings. As the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski murdered three people and injured many more, over a period beginning in May of 1978 and continuing through April of 1995. His murders were followed by letters to the news media demanding publication of the letters themselves, and the so-called "Manifesto," on pain of further killings. Their methods were different, but their madness was the same. This book highlights the amazing similarities between Kaczynski and the Zodiac, the two most enigmatic and cerebral killers in U.S. history.

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