Psychopathy: Manipulation, Deception, and Evil

The best definition I have found for a psychopath is “a morally depraved individual who represent the ‘monsters’ in our society; an unstoppable and untreatable predator whose violence is planned, purposeful and emotionless”. Psychopaths make the...

Psychopaths are indifferent to the truth, they are pathologic liars.  At best, as an officer, you will get half truths in an attempt to confuse and manipulate you into casting doubt on their involvement.  They will evade your questions, claim forgetfulness, and provide you with vague and inconsistent answers about their past.  Even when cornered the psychopath will offer excuses, apologies, and then simply return to his pathologic lying.


There is no cure for psychopathology.  No medications.  Therapy is inevitably counterproductive. Psychopaths forced into counseling frequently get worse as they learn how to use psychology to manipulate the world and the people around them even more. Traditional therapy may in fact cause the psychopath to offend more often, with more malice, and sooner than the psychopath who does not receive treatment. For the most heinous psychopaths society’s treatment of choice is either life sentences or the death penalty, as was the case for some of the most prolific cases: John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Edmund Kemper, Richard Raminrez, Dr. Harold Shipman, and Aileen Wuornos. 


About The Author:

Pamela Kulbarsh, RN, BSW has been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. She has worked with law enforcement in crisis intervention for the past ten years. She has worked in patrol with officers and deputies as a member of San Diego's Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) and at the Pima County Detention Center in Tucson. Pam has been a frequent guest speaker related to psychiatric emergencies and has published articles in both law enforcement and nursing magazines.

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