In this episode, Jack and J. J. delve into the dark heart of sociopathic kids. From the famously violent Mary Bell to lesser-known case studies, this episode shares true horror stories and theories about children who lack any notion of empathy. We finish with some ranting about parenting, the state of psychological diagnoses, and postulations about why psychopathy in children is so deeply disturbing.
Note: This episode has several mentions of anti-gay slurs, which take place during the reading of Mary Bell’s notes. The segment begins at 18:26 and ends at 19:04.
Conduct Disorder via Wikipedia
Conduct Disorder via DSM-IV
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) via Wikipedia
Mary Bell, “The Tyneside Strangler” via Murderpedia
Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? by Jennifer Khan of the New York Times Magazine. (The story of Michael)
Case of a Young Psychopath: 10-year-old’s dark side frightens mother by Jerry Davich of the Chicago Post-Tribune. (The story of Thomas)
The Psycho Gene by Philip Hunter
Bad to the Bone by Michelle Griffin of The Age National. (Callous, unemotional traits in children)
I Hate My Child by tjhiggins
Child Psychology by Black Box Recorder (music video)
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Special thanks to NegaNote, whose music was drawn on heavily for this episode.