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What Makes a Psychopath? 

You don't have to look very hard to find a news story about a violent crime committed by someone who seems to display a callous disregard for the consequences of their actions.


Rebecca Harrison


Ian Brady (letters)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Uta Frith Uta Frith ... Herself - Presenter (as Prof Uta Frith)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeremy Coid ... Himself - Forensic Psychiatrist (as Prof Jeremy Coid)
Molly Crockett Molly Crockett ... Herself - University of Oxford (as Dr Molly Crockett)
Kent Kiehl Kent Kiehl ... Himself - University of New Mexico & Mind Research Network (as Dr Kent Kiehl)
Ryan Klug Ryan Klug ... Himself - Murder, Sentence: 60 years
David Michael Krueger David Michael Krueger ... Himself - Killer and Rapist (archive footage) (as David Krueger)
Scott Lilienfeld Scott Lilienfeld ... Himself - Emory University (as Prof Scott Lilienfeld)
Mark Moye Mark Moye ... Himself - Child Molesting, Sentence: 30 years
Robert Sonneborn Jr. Robert Sonneborn Jr. ... Himself - Kidnapping, Escape, Battery, Aggravated Battery, Sentence: 38 years
Gregory Van Rybroek Gregory Van Rybroek ... Himself - Mendota Mental Health Institute (as Dr Gregory Van Rybroek)
Essi Viding Essi Viding ... Herself - University College London (as Prof Essi Viding)
Joshua Wright Joshua Wright ... Himself - Murder, Rape, Burglary, Moving Body from Scene of Death. Sentence: 100 years


It is estimated that about 1 in 100 people are psychopaths, but although many violent offenders fall into this category it does not mean all psychopaths will be violent. Nor does it mean all violent people are psychopaths. Is the tendency towards psychopathic behaviour something that people are born with, or is it something caused by our upbringing? Find out about the indicative behaviours doctors look out for when making a diagnosis of psychopathy. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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