Ramón Spaaij

Blog Entries by Ramón Spaaij

Inside the Mind of a Mass Killer

(22) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (00:00)

As North America and the rest of the world try to answer the question 'why' when it comes to the murder of innocent school children, current psychiatric research uncovers patterns to apparently random and motiveless 'mass' killings, which might reveal clues as to their impetus.

In a paper just published...

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Hillsborough - The Real Truth: How the Media Twists Into a Baying Mob

(4) Comments | Posted 14 September 2012 | (10:54)

At the Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield on 15 April 2009, a banner, with the names of the deceased written into the numeral 96, was headed by a version of a well-known pop song, You Are Always On Our Mind.

John Hughson and co-author of this blog post Ramón...

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Are Mass Killings Contagious?

(13) Comments | Posted 25 July 2012 | (01:00)

Random shooting of strangers in public spaces by a lone gunman might dominate the headlines, but, (anti-gun-control lobby in the USA please note) other kinds of mass killing are actually more common. Disaffected employees who return to shoot the boss and co-workers after being sacked, alienated husbands who slay entire...

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Has the Trial of Anders Breivik Produced Enough Evidence to Now Make a Diagnosis?

(3) Comments | Posted 23 April 2012 | (01:00)

Anders Breivik has been relating a harrowing account of the events surrounding the massacre of 77 innocent victims in Norway, but the testimony to date has, perhaps surprisingly given its raw detail, not really yet resolved any of the questions as to his motivation or mental state. This is according...

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Does the Secret to the Norwegian Massacre Lie in an Online Computer Game?

(10) Comments | Posted 18 April 2012 | (01:00)

On the opening day of the trial, one focus of the prosecution was the revelation that Anders Breivik played World of Warcraft, an online immersive virtual reality game, apparently almost "full-time" for a year. In a clue as to where the central argument may turn on over the next few...

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Inside the Mind of Anders Breivik - The Norwegian on Trial for Mass Murder

(3) Comments | Posted 14 April 2012 | (01:00)

Inside the Mind of the Lone Wolf Killer - have the psychiatrists made the correct diagnosis of Breivik?

The new psychiatric report on the mental state of suspected terrorist Anders Behring Breivik released two days ago ensures his sanity will be the key issue in the forthcoming Norway massacre...

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The Future of Disruption of Public Events

(4) Comments | Posted 11 April 2012 | (01:00)

A recent incident has provoked questions over how a possible breach of security could have happened in the midst of one of the most high profile events in the British Sporting and Social Calendar. Inevitably, official precautions over similar or more serious disruptions to the upcoming Olympics in the UK,...

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