Clear and present danger

I would like to urge strongly, very strongly, that NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence & Counterterrorism, John J. Miller, be asked to prove he is not a psychopath.  This can be done through brains scans, both structural and functional, plus a DNA test could be informative.

millerimagesI am writing this just a few days after a ‘terrorist’ bombing in Chelsea, Manhattan, NY.  It certainly was a terrorist bombing.

To honest and moral law enforcement, do you really think French police chief Helric Fredou of the Hebdo case committed suicide?

I was going to name an earlier iteration of this post:  Psychopaths pass among us unnoticed . . ..

images-duckduckgo2-comThe individual on the left is the porcelain doll — brittle, fragile, rigid, perfect.  The other two are his enablers.  It’s amazing how many people find me by the search “are narcissists attracted to psychopaths.”

Back to the current post, please note that the Chelsea bombing took place immediately after Bratton’s exit.  The older I get the less I like coincidences.  Recall the murders of police officers during ongoing or right before anti-police violence demonstrations, essentially defanging the demonstrations.  This is exactly the kind of thing a psychopath in a position of power might do (and then go to bed laughing about).  Recall also, a photographer lining up a number of cops for a pic exactly at the same time an insane individual with a hatchet was there to attack from the back.  Something smells.

Psychopathy tests:

Psychopathy marker — “Neurodevelopmental marker for limbic maldevelopment in antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy”

“Criminal Minds — Will testing the brain, even before birth, separate the good seeds from the bad?”

“Courtroom First: Brain Scan Used in Murder Sentencing”

Post redux: What the heck? Are these brain structures meaningful or not?

Genetic cocktail — psychopathy genetic markers

Could John Miller, NYPD, pass the dead child/dust bunny psychopathy test?

It would be worth finding out.  As well as testing everyone he’s hired or proposes to hire.

Would a fMRI show his brain responding differently to the pics below?


For more info on testing:

Test all presidential candidates — the dead child/dust bunny test

If they were tested (or publicly pressured to be tested) 2 to 4 of those above would have to drop out (these individuals would appear totally unfazed, but then find a good reason to leave the race).  Trump is not a psychopath.  If I were him, I would publicly have a fMRI and dare the others to follow suit.

I’d suggest seeing if their brains respond differently to the following two images.  Which of the candidates lack even the biological possibility of empathy?


“Let’s Stop Voting for Psychopaths! … But, How?? TEST Politicians

Make fMRI brain scans a mandatory part of the background check for political candidates and policymakers.

. . .  [Being a psychopath] means he has no conscience, nor empathy, but he fakes it better than normal people show true feelings. Psychopathy means he has no love, no loyalty, no decency. Betrayal on a whim. No remorse. Totally self-serving. Wears the disguise of the sweetest guy on earth and no one knows the darkness of his heart.

Psychopaths are estimated to be 4 percent of population. This means that there are 12 million psychopaths in the United States. Psychopaths like to control and manipulate (covertly), and are drawn to positions of power.

Classifying someone as a “psychopath” is not meant to be an insult. Psychopathy is a neurological condition. (Psychopaths have full intellectual faculties and have no break with reality. (Movies, TV, and mass media give people the wrong idea that psychopaths can be spotted because they’re obviously deranged. Psychopaths are not psychotic.) They are false friends, pathological liars, and clever con artists who take advantage of the fact that we are not taught to identify them among us.

“We would not allow a color-blind person to safely work, for example, as an air-traffic controller… society shouldn’t let a clinically-diagnosed psychopath be in a position of power (..don’t give the pyromaniac the matches or put a pedophile in charge of the day-care center).””…

A neurological basis for the lack of empathy in psychopaths

This is response in the right amygdala across groups of low (L), medium (M) and high (H) psychopathy participants, when they adopted an imagine-self and an imagine-other affective perspective while viewing bodily injuries. Groupwise effects (bars at the bottom of the figure) are expanded to show the contribution of continuous PCL-R subscores on factor 1, which encompasses the emotional/interpersonal features of psychopathy.

Decety. J, Chenyi. C, Harenski. C, and Kiehl. K, A. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013.”

Psychopathy Research — What is a psychopath? A liar. Why are they so puzzling? Neurology.  

How can we allow the congenitally mentally ill, the permanently morally deficient pre-adolescents, the moral imbeciles, the morally insane in positions of power?

“Courtroom First: Brain Scan Used in Murder Sentencing”

“A defendant’s fMRI brain scan has been used in court for what is believed to be the first time.

Brain scan evidence that the defense claimed shows the defendant’s brain was psychopathic was allowed into the sentencing portion of a murder trial in Chicago, Science reported Monday. Brian Dugan, who had been convicted of the rape and murder of a 10-year-old, was sentenced to death, despite the fMRI scans.”

The intent of the defense was to claim that the defendant was not fully culpable due his psychopathyDid this strategy work?  Of course not. In the real world, do individuals ever forgive or absolve of responsibility their victimizers upon realizing the victimizer is a psychopath?  No.

fMRI Evidence Used in Murder Sentencing

Dugan exhibits the antisocial behavior, inpulsivity, lack of remorse, and other characteristics of psychopathy in spades, says Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and the Mind Research Network, who served as an expert witness for the defense. Dugan scored 37 out of 40 points on the standard diagnostic checklist for psychopathy, putting him in the 99.5th percentile, Kiehl says.

Kiehl conducts research on psychopathy in New Mexico state prisons in which he and colleagues collect life histories, anatomical brain scans, and fMRI scans of brain activity as inmates perform various tasks, including tests of moral reasoning. Using scanners at Northwestern University, Kiehl ran Dugan through a similar battery of tests. Kiehl testified that Dugan exhibited abnormalities similar to those he and others have reported in other psychopaths. Kiehl says he was careful not to stretch beyond what the data show. He didn’t claim, for example, that the brain scans prove that Dugan committed his crimes as a result of a brain abnormality. “It’s just one piece of evidence that his brain is different,” he says.

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[from the comments] I think it would be easier to sentence such a total psychopath to death because he is missing an essential piece of whatever it is that makes us human.

I think that comment reflects the way people really think.

These legal strategists need to get out in the real world more.  Maybe take a Greyhound bus from Harrisburg, PA to Omaha, NE or just have beers at the corner bar more often.

Basically I like the idea of brain scans being brought into court — but for the exact opposite reason.  I think the psychopathic guilty would be found guilty more often than they are now.  And that they would be put away for longer sentences.  Juries would know that they weren’t dealing with daily reality.  I believe juries try very hard to walk in the shoes, place themselves in the position of the accused to try to understand the accused’s behavior.  But this assumes that the psyche they are trying to get into is similar to theirs.  This is simply not true for psychopaths.  Thus juries would have to think differently in approaching guilt and innocence in  trials of psychopaths — which I believe they could and should do.

Now obviously there could be a danger of such a situation being too prejudicial.  So this idea would need to be fine tuned, tried out with sample juries, etc. or confined to the most serious crimes or crimes with a high potential of psychopathic actors.  Perhaps it could be restricted to such felonies as pedophilia, child murder, rape and murder.

It would also open up the possibility of involuntary commitment of psychopathic individuals of danger to society, which would have different standards of evidence from a legal trial.  For example, the prolific serial killer Dr. Swango ( should have been incarcerated in a mental hospital years earlier than when he was eventually found guilty.

Michael Swango, M.D.

For some background info and links:  Neurolaw and Psychopath (   The Law and Neuroscience Blog seems to think that brain/genetic research on psychopaths will “change our perception of their moral and legal culpability.”  We shall see.  I predict the exact opposite.