Killer Psyche

Killer Psyche

New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. 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 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 Dr. Death to El Chapo.

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September 28, 2021 53 min

In this special episode, former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong and her producer, Julie Berke, discuss the ongoing investigation of the death of Gabby Petito. As they recap recent events in the case, they explore the psychological workings that could be occurring, the steps investigators might be taking, and address the public’s insatiable interest in the homicide case that has gripped the nation.

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Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong reflects back on her interview with John Katehis, one of the first ‘Craigslist Killers’. Back in 2009, John brutally murdered popular New York City radio host, George Weber, after connecting with him through Craigslist. Candice dives into the fetish world that both the victim, and possibly, the killer were into, and examines why the ferocity of John’s rage was placed onto a stra...

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Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong focuses on Richard Chase, also known as The Vampire Killer of Sacramento. His butchering of his victims sent the entire city of Sacramento into a state of panic. Candice delves into how his gruesome and chaotic murders reflected his inner turmoil. She also explores the ways his mental illness compelled him to kill his victims and consume their blood and organs.

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September 7, 2021 46 min

Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong examines the case of Paolo Macchiarini, the subject of Wondery’s Dr. Death, season three. Paolo was a star surgeon whose revolutionary development and use of synthetic windpipes was thought to put him on track to win a Nobel Prize. However, instead of helping the countless lives like it promised, it was actually a path to his patient’s torturous death. Candice examines how this ...

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September 1, 2021 6 min

A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in part...

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Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong revisits the case of Jennifer Reali, also known as the Fatal Attraction Murderer. She is able to rely on her meetings and interviews with Jennifer to give listeners the inside scoop on what caused this seemingly normal young mother to commit murder. Candice also uses her first hand account from Jennifer to examine what made her so desperate that she could be manipulated to kill ...

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August 24, 2021 38 min

Former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong takes a look at Rodney Alcala, also known as the Dating Game Killer, who is generally thought to be one of America’s most prolific serial killers. She explores how this vicious murderer was able to charm his way to freedom not once, but several times. She also weighs in on how Rodney’s sadism drove not only how he committed his crimes, but how he defended them.

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August 17, 2021 43 min

Former FBI agent Candice DeLong looks into the case behind one of the biggest media sensations of the 90’s: the Menendez brothers. After the brutal killing of their parents, Lyle and Erik Menendez were thrust into the national spotlight. Candice delves into the allegations of psychological, physical and sexual abuse, and what effect it had on their state of mind. Candice also weighs in on how attitudes about the long term psycholog...

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August 10, 2021 41 min

Former FBI agent Candice DeLong looks back at the murders of Aileen Wuornos, one of the first female serial killers in the public consciousness. She explores how Aileen’s case made investigators rethink how they profile serial killers, and why her story inspired multiple books, movies and documentaries. Candice also digs into how Aileen’s horrific childhood left her with so much rage and that she was compelled to kill seven men.

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August 3, 2021 44 min

Former FBI agent Candice DeLong revisits one of the biggest cases she worked during her years as a rookie agent in Chicago: the death of seven innocent people who ingested poisoned Tylenol in 1982. She reveals the devastating false lead that she and her partner pursued for two weeks, as well as the mind games played by the prime suspect in the murders. Candice also discusses how the killer’s ability to elude capture nearly 40 years...

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July 27, 2021 39 min

Former FBI agent Candice DeLong rethinks the case of The DC Sniper and the complicated relationship between the two murderers who terrified the nation in October 2002. She explores the notion that for every predator, there is a perfect victim -- and pieces together how 17 year old Lee Malvo was that victim for John Muhammad, a divorced father embroiled in a contentious custody battle whose anger fueled a homicidal spree that left 1...

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July 20, 2021 37 min

Former FBI Agent Candice DeLong takes a look back at one of the most memorable cases she studied.?From the haunting message the killer scrawled in lipstick on the wall of the female victim’s apartment in Chicago in 1945, the press nicknamed him “The Lipstick Killer.” Candice unravels how the murderer, William Heirens, escalated his criminal career from seemingly petty “nuisance crimes” to sexually-motived homicides.

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July 13, 2021 42 min

Candice unravels the twisted mind of Christopher Duntsch, a.k.a. Dr. Death, the infamous Texas neurosurgeon whose record of botched surgeries left behind a trail of death and destruction. In the years prior to his arrest, Duntsch spewed countless lies and manipulated those around him so he could continue to practice medicine at any cost. Candice delves into his troubled past to break down why he butchered his patients, and how he m...

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July 13, 2021 55 min

Candice DeLong went undercover in Montana and sat face-to-face with Ted Kacszynski in a cabin in Montana. For years, Americans were terrified to open their mailboxes, fearful of falling victim to this elusive killer. Candice digs into his childhood to discover what really drove the Unabomber, and why he captured the public’s attention.

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June 25, 2021 1 min

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 acts. She will reveal fascinating new details about what drove these people, including cases she worked on first-hand. Candice will share specific psychological methods and profiling techniques that exper...

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