SDCC '11 - Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers

Rather interesting panel happening at Comic-Con this year that bears note. 

For the FIRST TIME at Comic-Con, forensic psychiatrists and an FBI profiler will analyze the behavior of some of the most prolific murderers among Batman’s rogues’ gallery.


Panelists for "Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City's Serial Killers", are forensic scientists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. who will be joined this year by Mark E. Safarik (M.S., V.S.M, FBI Ret., Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit) as they and Broadcast Thought examine the effects of psychological trauma on the development of the hero and villain.

Utilizing their combined knowledge of both forensic psychiatric knowledge and law enforcement perspectives, they'll analyze and expose the personality constructs, motivations and criminal styles of such villains as Joker, Mr. Zsasz, Alberto “Holiday” Falcone, Onomatopoeia, Abbatoir, and James Gordon, Jr.

Broadcast Thought and Mark Safarik will explore how violent criminals who plague Gotham would be examined and profiled in real life. Could Batman, the Dark Night Detective himself, apply these same principles to solve Gotham’s most gruesome murders? The audience will enter into the minds of murderers as they explore the concept of psychopathy, apply techniques of behavioral analysis (“profiling”) to characters and their crimes, and learn whether these villains are actually serial murderers.

Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers takes place at Comic-Con 2011 on Thursday, July 21st, 2011, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., in Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center.

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