Everyday, in courtrooms everywhere, people's lives are touched and shaped by judgments and verdicts influenced by the testimony of psychologists and other mental health experts. This casebook details 20 high-profile court cases that turned, at least in part, on the expertise of forensic psychologists and psychiatrists and involved such psychological issues as insanity, criminal profiling, capital punishment, competence to stand trial, infanticide, domestic violence, false confessions, and psychological autopsies. The defendents in these cases range from household names such as Woodly Allen, Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, and Jeffrey Dahmer to others whose brief brush with infamy has long been forgotten. But regardless of their notoriety or celebrity status, each of these carefully selected cases teaches important lessons about the role that psychology and the other behavioral sciences play in our legal system.
Introduction ; 1. George Metesky: Profiling the "Mad Bomber" ; 2. Lee Harvey Oswald: The Formative Years of an Assassin ; 3. Patricia Hearst: Uncommon Victim or Common Criminal? ; 4. The Guilford Four: "You Did It, So Why Not Confess?" ; 5. Prosenjit Poddar and Tatiana Tarasoff: Where the Public Peril Begins ; 6. Dan White: The Myth of the Twinkie Defense ; 7. Cameron Hooker: Judging the Experts? ; 8. John W. Hinckley, Jr.: Shooting for the Stars ; 9. Judas Priest: A Message in the Music ; 10. John Demjanjuk: Is he "Ivan the Terrible?" ; 11. The USS Iowa: Equivocating on Death ; 12. Jeffrey Dahmer: Serial Murder, Necrophilia, and Cannibalism ; 13. Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: A Swing of King Solomon's Sword ; 14. Gary and Holly Ramona: Recovered Memories or False Allegations? ; 15. Colin Ferguson: A Fool for a Client? ; 16. Ralph Tortorici: A Question of Competence ; 17. Mike Tyson: Predicting the Violence of a Professional Fighter ; 18. Daryl Atkins: Mental Retardation, Decency, and the Death Penalty ; 19. Andrea Yates: An American Tragedy ; 20. Michael Kantaras: What Makes a Man a Man?