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Series Foreword -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Life after death: a group for people who have killed -- Murder: persecuted by jealousy -- Women who kill: when fantasy becomes reality -- Killing off the shadow: the role of projective identification in murderous acts -- The history of murder -- The dog that didn't bark: a mild man's murderousness

About the Author

Ronald Doctor, FRCPsych, is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Chair of the NHS Liaison Committee, British Psychoanalytical Society, Chair of the Association of the Psychoanalytical Psychotherapists in the NHS (APP), Academic Secretary of the Psychotherapy Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London. He has a particular interest in forensic psychotherapy, and he has edited two books: 'Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management' (2003); and 'Murder: A Psychotherapeutic Investigation' (2008).


'Original and perceptive, the essays in this collection help to illuminate this difficult but fascinating area. The book opens a door on the normally sequestered world of perpetrator and therapist within secure institutions. It will assist all interested practitioners to improve their understanding of the formidable difficulties of therapeutic work in this challenging patient group.'- Dr David Reiss, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist; Director of Forensic Psychiatry Education, West London Mental Health NHS Trust; Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, London'This collection of valuable contributions from clinicians describes how psychodynamic theory and practice can lead to the deeper understanding of violence and offender behaviour, and in particular the act of murder, and the consequences of their behaviour. I am sure that professionals involved in this area of forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy will find it an extremely helpful guide and I would highly recommend it.'- Dr Gabriel Kirtchuk, Lead Clinician for the National Forensic Psychotherapy Training and Development Strategy Consultant Psychiatry in Psychotherapy; Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society; Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College, London

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