Listening to Killers
Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases
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Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. By linking individual cases to broad social and cultural issues and illustrating the social toxicity and unresolved trauma that drive some people to kill, Dr. Garbarino highlights the humanity we share with killers and the role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence.
Praise For Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases…
"This book should become the definitive text on the subject." - STARRED REVIEW
— Library Journal
"Garbarino's knowledge, compassion, insight, and unmatched experience provide us with an amazing opportunity to learn the path that lead children to violence. . . . Please – buy this book for yourself and for every single person you know. I did."
— Josh Eudowe
"Garbarino is a master storyteller and a graceful, elegant writer who brings the complex science to life in dramatically rendered personal histories. It is a narrative style that makes for clear science and riveting reading. Be prepared to change your mind. I did."
— Dan Clayton
"Jim is a master storyteller and a graceful, elegant writer who brings complex science to life in dramatically rendered personal histories. It is a narrative style that makes for clear science and riveting reading. Be prepared to change your mind. I did."
— Daniel Clayton
University of California Press, 9780520282872, 312pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2015
About the Author
Dr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was Founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. He was formerly Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, and he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has served as an adviser to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. He is the author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them.