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Killer Psyche

Wondery

When a shocking crime occurs, people ask “Why?” Was it about power, ego, or revenge? On Killer Psyche, retired FBI agent Candice DeLong draws on her decades of experience to reveal why these murderers and criminals committed these heinous acts. She will reveal fascinating new details about what drove these people, including cases she was close to. Candice will share specific psychological methods and profiling techniques that experts use to understand the deepest part of the most complex, fascinating, and twisted minds, from the Unabomber to Alex Murdaugh to Mary Bell. You can listen to Killer Psyche one week early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app. Killer Psyche season 3 will be available September 19th on Wondery+ and September 26th wherever you get your podcasts.

Location:

United States

Genres:

True Crime

Networks:

Wondery

Description:

When a shocking crime occurs, people ask “Why?” Was it about power, ego, or revenge? On Killer Psyche, retired FBI agent Candice DeLong draws on her decades of experience to reveal why these murderers and criminals committed these heinous acts. She will reveal fascinating new details about what drove these people, including cases she was close to. Candice will share specific psychological methods and profiling techniques that experts use to understand the deepest part of the most complex, fascinating, and twisted minds, from the Unabomber to Alex Murdaugh to Mary Bell. You can listen to Killer Psyche one week early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app. Killer Psyche season 3 will be available September 19th on Wondery+ and September 26th wherever you get your podcasts.

Language:

English


Episodes
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Why Did Kendra Licari Harass her Own Daughter? The Strange Case of "Cyber Munchausen Syndrome"

5/24/2024
For over a year, Kendra Licari’s 14-year-old daughter received threatening and harmful messages from a person she believed to be another teenager. She told her mom and together, they reported the harassment to the police. Cyberbullying at its worst, the hateful messages devastated Kendra’s daughter as she didn’t know the culprit behind the messages, nor could she make them stop. After months of investigating, police found that the sender was Kendra herself. The case inspired the new Lifetime movie, "Mommy Meanest.” In today’s Headlines, Candice talks to family and marriage therapist Dr. Karyl McBride about Kendra’s possible motivations and the pathology of narcissistic family members. To read Dr. McBride’s newest book Will the Drama Ever End? visit: https://www.amazon.com/Will-Drama-Ever-End-Untangling/dp/1982198737/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:11:26

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The Weepy Voiced Killer: Paul Michael Stephani

5/21/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the case of Paul Michael Stephani, also known as the “Weepy-Voiced Killer.” A serial murderer who terrorized women around St-Paul in the early 80s, Stephani got his moniker because he would place anonymous calls to the police and report his own crimes in a whiny, high-pitched, weepy voice. Was he looking to be found? Was his remorse real? Candice explores why this killer would confess in 911 calls, and how his strict religious upbringing influenced his penchant for murder. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:37

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The Trial of Chad Daybell: Will a Bombshell Testimony Lead to Conviction?

5/17/2024
The trial of "Doomsday Prophet" Chad Daybell is well underway, expected to last at least two months, with more than sixty witnesses having taken the stand so far. Daybell stands accused of murder in the deaths of his first wife, Tammy Daybell, and the two children of his second wife, Lori Vallow. Daybell is facing the death penalty. Though his first wife’s death was originally thought to be a result of natural causes, officials later ruled it suspicious. The bodies of the children, Tylee and JJ, were found in Daybell’s backyard. In today's Headlines, Candice is joined by journalist Lauren Matthias, who has been attending the trial and covering the case extensively on her podcast Hidden True Crime. Together, they will discuss the evidence presented against Daybell so far, the shocking revelations from this week's testimony, and what we can expect from the trial in the weeks to come. To listen to Hidden True Crime, visit https://redcircle.com/shows/7b88c407-520a-4279-8325-416d02cd8602. To watch on YouTube, visit https://www.youtube.com/hiddentruecrime. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:42

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Nathan Matthews: The Murderous Step-Brother

5/14/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong examines the case of Nathan Matthews. With the help of his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, Nathan brutally murdered his sixteen year old step-sister Becky Watts in a sexually motivated attack. Candice walks us through how Nathan's history of resentment and dangerous sexual fantasies tore his family apart, and culminated in the murder of Becky, who later became known as "The Angel of Bristol." See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:05

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Listen Now: Blame it on the Fame: Milli Vanilli

5/13/2024
When Frank Farian first laid eyes on Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan, he saw everything he wasn’t. They were handsome, young, and Black. But Frank had something they didn’t. He had power. So, Frank offered them a devil’s bargain. Almost overnight, Milli Vanilli’s debut album went five times platinum and scored a Grammy nomination. But when the lie at the center of their success started to unravel, Rob and Fab would discover the hard way the difference between star power and real power. From Wondery, Blame It on the Fame is a story about the lie that shot to #1 and what it cost to tell the truth. Hosted by Amanda Seales. Listen early and ad-free exclusively on Wondery+: Wondery.fm/BIOTF_MV See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:04:22

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Program or Prison Time? The Fate of Dharmesh Patel is Now in Judge’s Hands

5/10/2024
In January 2023, California radiologist Dharmesh Patel intentionally drove his Tesla off a cliff with his wife and two children inside after suffering a “psychotic break” and extreme delusions. Miraculously, the entire family survived. When Patel recovered from his injuries, he was charged with three counts of attempted murder. Now, with the support of psychologists and Patel’s own wife, he is being considered for a mental health diversion program rather than a criminal trial and prison time. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by legal analyst Josh Ritter to take a closer look at what diversion programs are, and how the program could positively or negatively impact Patel’s case. Candice and Josh weigh the pros and cons of using the judicial system to solve mental health problems. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:47

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Pamela Smart: Fatal Obsession

5/7/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the case of Pamela Smart, whose twisted story became a media sensation in the 90s when her husband was found dead. Pamela was accused of orchestrating his murder with the help of four teenage boys, one of whom she alledgedly seduced. Candice explores how Pamela skillfully manipulated those around her to execute her sinister plan, and examines the unraveling of her murder plot. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:46:11

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The Trial of Karen Read: A Tale of Two Theories

5/3/2024
After nearly two years of pretrial hearings and preparations, Karen Read’s second-degree murder trial is now underway. She is accused of hitting her boyfriend, Boston Police officer John O’Keefe with her SUV in 2022 and leaving him to die in a bitter snowstorm. She contends that John’s death was caused by a brutal beating by his own law enforcement friends, and that she is the victim of an elaborate cover-up. With two completely different theories of what happened that night being presented in court, many wonder which side will convince the jury – and how. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by criminal defense attorney Rachel Fiset to discuss the defense’s “third party culprit” argument, how a muddied investigation could hurt the prosecution’s chance at conviction, and what shocking evidence we can expect to see throughout the trial. For more about Rachel, visit https://zfzlaw.com/team-members/rachel-fiset/. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:54

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Belle Gunness: The Norwegian Black Widow

4/30/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Belle Gunness, a Norwegian immigrant who arrived in America in the late 1800s. Known as “The Black Widow,” Belle found financial stability through multiple marriages...but the men she entrapped met gruesome ends, with their remains discovered buried on her property. The true extent of Belle Gunness’ crimes remains unknown, but it is believed that she killed at least fourteen people, including her own children and several suitors. After her crimes were discovered, Gunness disappeared without a trace. Many suspect she faked her own death and lived off her victims’ money. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:20

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Murder on My Mind: What Comes Next for YNW Melly?

4/26/2024
Jamell Demons, known by his stage name YNW Melly, rose to fame when his song “Murder on My Mind” hit the mainstream rap charts. But not long after hitting a high point in his career, Melly was charged with killing his two childhood friends and staging the crime scene to mislead police. After his first trial was declared a mistrial, many are wondering what comes next for Melly – who is facing the death penalty. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by Law & Crime correspondent Angenette Levy, who conducted interviews with those closest to the case for the podcast Murder on My Mind. Together, they discuss the evidence against Melly, why his first trial ended the way it did, and the ongoing battle between Melly’s team and the prosecution. Listen to Murder on My Mind: YNW Melly Double Murder Trial, exclusively on Wondery+: https://wondery.com/shows/murder-on-my-mind-ynw-melly-double-murder-trial/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:11:52

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America’s First Mass School Shooting: The Texas Tower Shooter

4/23/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong dives into the case of Charles Whitman, also known as the Texas Tower Shooter. In 1966, he wreaked havoc on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in one of the first mass school shootings in American history. Candice explores how Whitman went from a promising young man to a deadly gunman, who killed more than a dozen people and instilled fear into generations to come. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:51:25

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Listen Now: The Price of Paradise

4/21/2024
When ex-Bunny girl Jayne Gaskin spots the desert island of her dreams for sale online, she decides to risk it all. Trading in their English village home, Jayne and her family relocate to their own private paradise, just off the coast of Nicaragua. And a reality TV crew follows them to film a new show, No Going Back. But soon they all discover that paradise has its secrets. The locals claim the island belongs to them, and it’s been sold illegally. Jayne’s not leaving without a fight. A fight that will soon turn deadly. Hosted by Alice Levine. Listen to The Price of Paradise on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge all episodes early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting https://wondery.com/links/the-price-of-paradise/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:06:48

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Jennifer and James Crumbley Sentenced: Will More Parents Pay for Their Child’s Crimes?

4/19/2024
Ethan Crumbley was just 15 years old when he was arrested for killing four students and injuring several others in a shooting at Oxford High School in 2021. When investigators learned that his parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, failed to prevent the deadly actions of their son, they were charged and eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter – becoming the first parents in U.S. history to be held criminally responsible for their child’s mass school shooting plot. A landmark ruling last week sentenced them both to 10 years in prison. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by legal analyst Josh Ritter to discuss how Jennifer and James’ negligence led to their sentences, and the impact this case could have on parents in the future. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:59

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The Poisonous Mother: Diane Staudte's Antifreeze Murders

4/16/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into a tragic family betrayal: the antifreeze murders. Diane Staudte, a seemingly ordinary wife and mother from Missouri, shocked her community when it was revealed she was responsible for a series of poisonings that led to the deaths of her husband, her son and the hospitalization of her daughter. In a twisted bid for control and financial gain, Staudte poisoned her family with antifreeze–and acted with the help of her middle daughter and favorite child, Rachel See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:47:03

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Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt: New Insights on the Dangerous Duo

4/12/2024
In February, former “mommy vlogger” Ruby Franke and therapist Jodi Hildebrandt were sent to prison after their abuse of Ruby’s children came to light. But even with the duo behind bars, new information has made its way into the headlines – including Ruby’s own diary, in which she meticulously documented the abuse of her children whom she deemed “manipulative” and possessed. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by Jessica Lowther, executive producer, and Cooper Moll, writer and producer of the Law & Crime podcast The Rise and Fall of Ruby Franke. They discuss how Ruby and Jodi’s relationship only intensified their extreme beliefs and behavior, and the revelations from Ruby’s diary. Listen to The Rise and Fall of Ruby Franke, exclusively on Wondery+: https://wondery.com/links/the-rise-and-fall-of-ruby-franke/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:42

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Jennifer Pan: Deadly Expectations

4/9/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong explores the case of Jennifer Pan, a Canadian woman of Vietnamese descent who gained infamy for orchestrating a complex deception that culminated in the murder of her mother and the attempted murder of her father in 2010. Unable to meet her controlling parents high expectations, Jennifer fabricated a double life of academic achievement while secretly leading a rebellious lifestyle. Fueled by a desire to escape her parents' control and inherit her family's wealth, Pan devised a plan to have them killed by hiring hitmen. Candice digs into the myths surrounding "tiger parenting" and explores how Jennifer's upbringing may have pushed her over the edge. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:44:18

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How “Professional Squatter” Caroline Herrling Made Her Victim Disappear

4/5/2024
When longtime Sherman Oaks resident Charles Wilding stopped leaving his house in 2020, his neighbors became concerned. But what troubled them the most was the arrival of Caroline Herrling, a stranger claiming to be Charles’ trustee, responsible for restoring and selling his home. Eventually, neighbors and authorities would learn that Caroline was the mastermind behind a multi million dollar fraud scheme – and getting rid of Charles was simply the first step. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by LA Times staff writer Brittny Mejia, who has covered the case in-depth. They discuss how Caroline’s scheme was exposed, how she targeted other victims, and where the investigation stands now. For more of Brittny's reporting, visit https://www.latimes.com/people/brittny-mejia. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:02

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Israel Keyes: The Making of an American Monster

4/2/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong walks us through the sordid case of Israel Keyes, one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Though Keyes was only formally charged with one murder, he is suspected of the sexual assault and killing of eleven other victims. His ability to evade detection for years left behind a trail of unsolved murders scattered across the country. Raised in a strict religious household, Candice explores how his early fascination with violence and his strict fundamentalist beliefs shaped him into the murderer he became. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:50:20

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Selena and Yolanda Saldivar: The Killing of an Icon

3/26/2024
Retired FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the case of Yolanda Saldivar, who became famous after she murdered the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla. Claiming to be Selena’s biggest fan, Yolanda was given permission to form the young singer’s fan club and became an integral part of Selena’s other business ventures. But when it was discovered that she had stolen money from Selena and their “friendship” was over, Yolanda’s response turned deadly. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:47

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Chad Daybell: The Doomsday Prophet Trial

3/22/2024
In 2020, Chad Daybell was arrested alongside his wife, Lori Vallow, in the deaths of Lori’s two children and his first wife Tammy. The murders have been tied to Chad and Lori’s belief of an impending apocalypse. Lori has been convicted and sentenced for her role in the crimes – and with Chad’s trial just around the corner, many are wondering how his case will play out in court. In today’s Headlines, Candice is joined by journalist Lauren Matthias, who has been covering the case extensively on her podcast Hidden True Crime. They discuss how Chad’s history and belief system played a role in his alleged crimes, and what we can expect from his defense at trial. To listen to Hidden True Crime, visit https://redcircle.com/shows/7b88c407-520a-4279-8325-416d02cd8602. To watch on YouTube, visit https://www.youtube.com/hiddentruecrime. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:55