Most Evil

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Most Evil
Format Documentary Film
Starring Michael Stone
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 28 as of April 7, 2008
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel Discovery Channel
Investigation Discovery
Original run July 13, 2006 – present
External links
Official website

Most Evil is an American forensics television program on Investigation Discovery starring forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone from Columbia University. On the show, Stone rates murderers on a scale of evil that he has developed in order to help science understand and thus prevent this type of behavior.

The show features profiles on various murderers, serial killers, and psychopaths. Stone researched hundreds of killers and their methods and motives to develop his hierarchy of "evil." The scale ranges from Category 1, those who kill in self defense, to Category 9, psychopathic jealous lovers, to the "most evil" Category 22, serial torturers and killers. Neurologists, psychologists, and other forensic psychiatrists are interviewed on the show in an attempt to examine and profile the minds of notorious killers. Partial re-enactments are shown along with news footage, evidence, and reports from locals. Neurological, environmental, and genetic factors are examined to help determine what drives a person to kill. Background history and pre-meditation are considered when placing an individual on the scale of evil. The show indirectly deals with the concepts of morality and ethics.

Another similar attempt is Michael Welner's The Depravity Scale.


[edit] The scale of evil

Category Criteria
01 Those who kill in self-defense and do not show psychopathic tendencies (justifiable homicide)
02 Jealous lovers who, though egocentric or immature, are not psychopathic (crime of passion)
03 Willing companions of killers: aberrant personality — probably impulse-ridden, with antisocial traits
04 Kill in self-defense, but had been extremely provocative towards the victim
05 Traumatized, desperate people who kill abusive relatives and others (like to support a drug habit) but lack significant traits. Genuinely remorseful.
06 Impetuous, hotheaded murderers, yet without marked psychopathic features
07 Highly narcissistic, not distinctly psychopathic people with a psychotic core who kill people close to them (jealousy an underlying motive)
08 Non psychopathic people with smoldering rage who kill when rage is ignited
09 Jealous lovers with psychopathic features
10 Killers of people who were "in the way" or who killed, for example, witnesses (egocentric but not distinctly psychopathic)
11 Psychopathic killers of people "in the way"
12 Power-hungry psychopaths who killed when they were "cornered"
13 Killers with inadequate, rage-filled personalities who "snapped"
14 Ruthlessly self-centered psychopathic schemers
15 Psychopathic "cold-blooded" spree or multiple murders
16 Psychopaths committing multiple vicious acts
17 Sexually perverse serial murderers, torture-murderers (among the males, rape is the primary motive with murder to hide the evidence; Systematic torture is not a primary factor)
18 Torture-murderers with murder the primary motive
19 Psychopaths driven to terrorism, subjugation, intimidation and rape, (short of murder)
20 Torture murderers with torture as the primary motive but in psychotic personalities
21 Psychopaths preoccupied with torture in the extreme, but not known to have committed murder
22 Psychopathic torture-murderers, with torture their primary motive, sexual homicide

[edit] Season 1 (2006)

# Original Airdate Episode Title Killers profiled
1 July 13, 2006 Killer Lies Susan Smith, John List, Nathan Bar-Jonah 18, Dennis Rader 22
2 July 20, 2006 Cold-Blooded Killers Ted Bundy 17, John Wayne Gacy 22, Gary Ridgway 18, Tommy Lynn Sells 22
3 July 27, 2006 Women Marybeth Tinning, Susan Smith, Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood, Aileen Wuornos, Theresa Knorr
4 August 10, 2006 Partners in Crime Charles Ng 22 and Leonard Lake 22, Paul Bernardo 22 and Karla Homolka 16, Ian Brady 22 and Myra Hindley 16
5 August 17, 2006 Psychotic Killers Ed Gein 13, Gary Heidnik 22, Arthur Shawcross 17
6 August 24, 2006 Deadly Desires Jerry Brudos 18, Jeffrey Dahmer 22, David Parker Ray 22, Westley Allan Dodd 22
7 August 31, 2006 Science of Murder Charles Whitman 8, Arthur Shawcross 17, Ed Gein 13, Gary Heidnik 22, Ted Bundy 17
8 September 7, 2006 Up Close Nathaniel Bar-Jonah 18, Cathy Wood, Cindy Hendy, David Parker Ray 22, Tommy Lynn Sells 22, Leonard Lake 22

[edit] Season 2 (2007)

# Original Airdate Episode Title Killers profiled[1]
1 August 12, 2007 Jealousy Samuel Collins 02, Clara L. Harris 07, Andrew Cunanan 15, Agustin Garcia, Ira Einhorn, Jean Harris, Brynn Hartman
2 August 19, 2007 Stalker Richard Farley 14, Robert John Bardo 6, Mark David Chapman 7, Gerald Atkins 16
3 August 26, 2007 Delusional Herbert Mullin 13, Diana Dial 7, Eric Beishline
4 September 2, 2007 Unsolved Cases The Lipstick Killer 18, William Heirens, Black Dahlia possible killer George Hodel 22, James McVey murder 16
5 September 9, 2007 Cult Followers Ron Luff 9, Jeff Lundgren 22, Charles Manson 15, Charles "Tex" Watson 15, Jim Jones 22
6 September 16, 2007 Spree Killers Martin Bryant 13, Charles Whitman 8, Charles Starkweather 15, Yusef Rahman 13, Seung-Hui Cho
7 September 23, 2007 Attention Seekers David Berkowitz 17, Terry Driver 16, Keith Jesperson 18
8 September 30, 2007 Masterminds Edmund Kemper 22, Ted Bundy 17, H. H. Holmes 22, Theodore Kaczynski 16
9 October 7, 2007 Revenge Coy Wayne Wesbrook 6, Archie McCafferty 15, Patty Bieber
10 October 14, 2007 Cult Leaders Shoko Asahara 16, Adolfo Constanzo 22, Charles Manson 15, Jim Jones 22

[edit] Season 3 (2008)

# Original Airdate Episode Title Killers profiled[1]
1 January 31, 2008 Manson Charles Manson 15, Susan Atkins 15, Tex Watson 15, Leslie Van Houten 3, Patricia Krenwinkel 15
2 February 7, 2008 Super Delusional Michael Owen Perry, Joseph Kallinger 20, Leonard Lake 22, Diana Dial 7, Colin Ferguson, Michael McDermott
3 February 14, 2008 Schemers Diane Downs 14, Michael Swango 16, John Edward Robinson 22, Martha Ann Johnson 5
4 February 21, 2008 Vampires/Cannibals Armin Meiwes 7, Andrei Chikatilo 22, Richard Chase 17, Rod Ferrell 10, Jeffrey Dahmer 22
5 February 28, 2008 Murderous Women Dorothea Puente 15, Judy Neelley 22, Betty Broderick 9, Natasha Pulliam 13
6 March 6, 2008 Redemption Billy Wayne Sinclair, Archie McCafferty 15, Daniel Nieto 6
7 March 13, 2008 Gangsters Richard Kuklinski 22, Philadelphia Poison Ring 14, Ervil LeBaron 12
8 March 20, 2008 The Killer's Brain The minds of criminals who are impulsive liars and serial predators.
9 March 27, 2008 Face to Face The motives, methods and minds of murderers. Coy Wayne Wesbrook 6, Ron Luff 9, Diana Dial 7, Daniel Nieto 6
10 April 7, 2008 In Pursuit of Evil Keith Jesperson 18, The Black Dahlia 22

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