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Bestselling True Crime Author

Author of 51 books, blogger at Psychology Today, TV crime commentator, professor of forensic psychology; expertise: serial killers.


Katherine Ramsland a bestselling author of books on serial murder and forensic psychology, is a professor of forensic psychology and criminal justice at DeSales University and currently directs the master’s program in criminal justice. She holds master's degrees in clinical psychology, criminal justice, and forensic psychology, as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy. In addition, she has a certification in Medical Investigation (CMI-V) from the American College of Forensic Examiners International, and she is on the board of the Cyril Wecht Institute.

Ramsland has published 50 books, including The Ivy League Killer, The Sex Beast, Psychopath, The Devil’s Dozen, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, The CSI Effect, The Forensic Science of CSI, The Science of Cold Case Files, The Devil’s Dozen: How Cutting-edge Forensics Took Down Twelve Notorious Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Healthcare Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers, The Human Predator: A Historical Chronology of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Criminal Mind: A Writers' Guide to Forensic Psychology, and The Mind of a Murderer: Privileged Access to the Demons that Drive Extreme Violence.

She also wrote biographies of Anne Rice and Dean Koontz, and a trilogy of nonfiction books involving “immersion journalism,” Piercing the Darkness, Ghost, and Cemetery Stories. In this same genre, she penned The Science of Vampires, Paranormal Forensics, and Haunted Crime Scenes.

With Dr. Henry C. Lee and his lab director, Elaine Pagliaro, Dr. Ramsland wrote the course text, The Real Life of a Forensic Scientist. With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, she co-authored a book on his cases, The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators among Us, and with Professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead, which is a collection of his cases of historical exhumations and forensic investigation.

She has published over 1,000 articles on serial killers, criminology, forensic science, and criminal investigation. She was also a research assistant to former FBI profiler, John Douglas, which became The Cases that Haunt Us. She currently writes a regular feature on forensic investigation for The Forensic Examiner (some of which is based on her history of forensic science, Beating the Devil’s Game).

Dr. Ramsland presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, social workers, probation/parole organizations, judges, and attorneys. Her observations on criminality have drawn USA Today, the Daily News, the Newark Star Ledger, and other newspapers for commentary. She has consulted for episodes of CSI and Bones, and has participated on numerous documentaries for CBS, ABC, A&E, ID, the History Channel, E!, WE, and Court TV, as well as programs abroad. For the ID series, “American Occult” and “Twisted,” she is the recurring expert.



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The Ivy League Killer

Moonlight Murder on Lover’s Lane

The Sex Beast

Mom: God Told Me to Kill


The Vampire Trap

The Mind of a Murderer

Inside the Minds of Sexual Predators

The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds

The Real World of a Forensic Scientist

The Devil’s Dozen:How Cutting-edge Forensics took Down 12 Notorious Serial Killers

The True Stories behind C.S.I.

Inside the Minds of Healthcare Serial Killers

Beating the Devil’s Games: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation

Inside the Minds of Serial Killers: Why They Kill

Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill

The C.S.I. Effect

The Science of Cold Case Files

The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators among Us (With Gregg McCrary)

The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology

The Forensic Science of C.S.I.