Serial Killers: Criminal Psychology

A team of criminologists set out to interview and understand some of the most vicious serial killers of modern times.

These serial killers raise questions and defy judicial chronicles. How and why do they kill? What are their motivations? What happens in the head of a serial killer?

To try to unravel this mystery, we’ll join three criminologists and asses the psychological profiles of the serial killers they examined.

During the documentary we’ll get well acquainted with serial killers Richard Cottingham, and Wolfgang Schmidt.

Cottingham was nicknamed the Torso Killer, an apt name for this sadistic American serial killer who chose to dismember his victims.

Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. a convicted American serial killer, who participated in the Houston Mass Murders in which a minimum of 28 teenage boys and young men were abducted, tortured, raped and murdered by Dean Corll between 1970 and 1973. Elmer himself was convicted of killing 7 people.

And Wolfgang Schmidt, a German serial killer who killed between the years of October 1989 to April 1991. Here he murdered five women and an infant.

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Serial Killers: Criminal Psychology
  • Info
  • Release date2009
  • Full runtime58 minutes
  • Also known asSerial Killers: Dans la tete des tueurs en serie (Serial Killers: In the Head of Serial Killers)
  • Directed byBarbara Necek
  • Production CompanyPatrick Spica Productions