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March 2, 2021 53 min
Dr. Judy is thrilled to launch her exclusive new special edition podcast series “Forensics: Dr. Judy Investigates” where she uses her expertise as a forensic psychologist to uncover the psychology behind some of the most talked-about cases in the nation, beginning with the case explored in the hugely popular Netflix series “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.”  In today’s episode, Dr. Judy interviews the phenomenal Emmy-Award winning director of the Netflix series, Joe Berlinger. Joe discusses his reaction to his docu-series becoming a worldwide phenomenon, why he chose to tell Elisa’s story and what he hopes your ultimate takeaways will be. Joe discusses his work on Brother’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost trilogies, and the Ted Bundy tapes – and what he really thinks about the true crime genre, why people get hooked, and what he hopes to impart on our next generations. Joe and Dr. Judy dive into the allure of conspiracy theories, the nature of truth, cyberbullying and the connected yet divisive nature of conversations online, cautionary tales about seeing tangible in the intangibles, and his social justice work helping to overturn wrongful convictions. They reflect on themes of mental health stigma, institutional neglect, and ponder the continued concerns of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Joe gives a sneak peak at what’s next in the Crime Scene anthology series and invites you to test your perceptions and explode stereotypes with his work. Don’t miss next week’s episode where Dr. Judy answers all of your burning questions that have been pouring in about this case and offers her Supercharged Tips about how to take care of yourself and your loved-ones who are struggling with mental illness. And if you missed Part 1 last week, Dr. Judy covers the psychology behind conspiracy theories, the impact of social and self stigma on mental health, and looked at Elisa’s blogs and autopsy report to discuss important lessons learned about diagnoses and treatment – so go back and catch that now!  To submit questions for Dr. Judy to answer anonymously, go to this link: In this episode, we discuss: 1. 1:00 Overview of Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel  2. 3:45 Welcome Joe Berlinger! Dr. Judy recounts her memories working on this project 3. 6:30 Joe discusses the cultural phenomenon and popular reactions to the docu-series 4. 11:30 Cyber bullying and the nature of truth: connected yet divisive 5. 18:00 Empathy and filmmaking – critiques and commentary 6. 21:50 The Paradise Lost trilogies and wrongful convictions  7. 26:30 Psychology of web sleuths, personal meaning-making, and a cautionary tale  8. 30:30 Odd synchronicities and circumstantial evidence in Elisa’s story 9. 32:00 Is Joe a true crime director? His thoughts on the genre, the Ted Bundy Tapes, and goals for filmmaking 10. 38:30 Tragedy and institutional neglect: Tackling Skid Row 11. 42:00 Ultimate takeaways and what’s next: Testing perceptions and stereotype explosion  Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Crime Scene Trailer Joe Berlinger Website Joe Berlinger Instagram Joe Berlinger Twitter Dr. Judy Website Dr. Judy Instagram Dr. Judy Twitter Dr. Judy Facebook   Stage 29 Podcasts Instagram Stage 29 Podcasts Twitter Stage 29 Podcasts Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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