Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

The Need for Publicized Psychological Autopsies in Mass Killings

November 9, 2018

Tags: Psychological, mass killing

Some years ago there was a particularly egregious incident in my area when a retired police officer killed himself and his children. Soon after, I asked a police official whether the results of the investigation would be made public. I was assured that it would be but never saw it.
Serving more than mere interest, making these findings public could be a valuable instructional tool to illustrate the complexity of human behavior, the great power of unconscious motivation, and describe warning symptoms which, hopefully, would result in fewer of these horrendous incidents occurring.