Most Evil

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Most Evil
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StarringMichael Stone
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes28
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelDiscovery Channel
Investigation Discovery
Original runJuly 13, 2006 – April 7, 2008
External links
Website
 
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Most Evil
Most evil logo.png
StarringMichael Stone
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes28
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelDiscovery Channel
Investigation Discovery
Original runJuly 13, 2006 – April 7, 2008
External links
Website

Most Evil is an American forensics television program on Investigation Discovery presented by forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone of Columbia University. On the show, Stone rates murderers on a scale of evil that Stone himself has developed. The show features profiles on various murderers, serial killers, mass murderers and psychopaths.

Season 1[edit]

#TitleOriginal air date[1]
01"Killer Lies"July 13, 2006
Susan Smith, John List, Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, Dennis Rader
02"Cold-Blooded Killers"July 20, 2006
Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Gary Ridgway, Tommy Lynn Sells
03"Murderous Women"July 27, 2006
Marybeth Tinning, Susan Smith, Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood, Aileen Wuornos, Elizabeth Báthory, Belle Gunness, Nannie Doss, Theresa Knorr
04"Partners in Crime"August 10, 2006
(Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka), (Ian Brady and Myra Hindley), (David Parker Ray and Cindy Hendy), (Charles Ng and Leonard Lake)
05"Psychotic Killers"August 17, 2006
Ed Gein, Arthur Shawcross, Gary Heidnik
06"Deadly Desires"August 24, 2006
Jerry Brudos, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Parker Ray, Westley Allan Dodd
07"Science of Murder"August 31, 2006
Charles Whitman, Arthur Shawcross, Ed Gein, Gary Heidnik, Ted Bundy
08"Up Close"September 7, 2006
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, Cathy Wood, Cindy Hendy, Westley Allan Dodd, Tommy Lynn Sells, Leonard Lake, Arthur Shawcross

Season 2[edit]

#TitleOriginal air date[1]
01"Jealousy"August 12, 2007
Samuel Collins, Clara Harris, Andrew Cunanan, Agustin Garcia, Ira Einhorn, Jean Harris, Brynn Hartman
02"Stalker"August 19, 2007
Richard Farley, Robert John Bardo, Mark David Chapman, Gerald Atkins
03"Delusional"August 26, 2007
Herbert Mullin, Diana Dial, Eric Beishline
04"Unsolved Cases"September 2, 2007
The Lipstick Killer (possibly William Heirens), Black Dahlia (possibly George Hill Hodel), James McVey killers
05"Cult Followers"September 9, 2007
Ron Luff, Jeffrey Lundgren, Charles Manson, Charles "Tex" Watson, Jim Jones
06"Spree Killers"September 16, 2007
Martin Bryant, Charles Whitman, Charles Starkweather, Andrew Cunanan, Yusef Rahman, Seung-Hui Cho
07"Attention Seekers"September 23, 2007
David Berkowitz, Dennis Rader, Zodiac Killer, Terry Driver, Keith Jesperson
08"Masterminds"September 30, 2007
Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy, H. H. Holmes, Theodore Kaczynski
09"Revenge"October 7, 2007
Coy Wayne Wesbrook, Archie McCafferty, Patty Bieber
10"Cult Leaders"October 14, 2007
Shoko Asahara, Adolfo Constanzo, Charles Manson, Jim Jones
11"Manson"January 31, 2008
Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel
12"Super Delusional"February 7, 2008
Michael Owen Perry, Joseph Kallinger, Leonard Lake, Diana Dial, Colin Ferguson, Michael McDermott
13"Schemers"February 14, 2008
Diane Downs, Michael Swango, John Edward Robinson, Martha Ann Johnson
14"Vampires/Cannibals"February 21, 2008
Armin Meiwes, Andrei Chikatilo, Richard Chase, Rod Ferrell, Jeffrey Dahmer
15"Murderous Women"February 28, 2008
Dorothea Puente, Judith Neelley (Alvin and Judith Neelley), Betty Broderick, Latasha Pulliam
16"Redemption"March 6, 2008
Billy Wayne Sinclair, Karla Faye Tucker, Archie McCafferty, Daniel Nieto
17"Gangs"March 13, 2008
Richard Kuklinski, Philadelphia Poison Ring, Ismael Cisneros, Joseph Salcedo, Ervil LeBaron
18"The Killer's Brain"March 20, 2008
Samuel Collins, Clara L. Harris, Diane Downs, David Berkowitz, Richard Chase, Edmund Kemper, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel
19"Face to Face"March 27, 2008
Coy Wayne Wesbrook, Ron Luff, Diana Dial, Daniel Nieto
20"Tracking Killers"April 7, 2008
Andrew Cunanan, Keith Jesperson, Black Dahlia Murderer

Scale and criminals[edit]

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 the Category 22, serial torturer-murderers. 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.

CategoryCriteriaPeople
01Those who have killed in self-defense, and who do not show traces of psychopathy.
02Jealous lovers who committed murder; although egocentric or immature, they are not psychopaths.Jean Harris
03Willing companions of killers: aberrant personality, impulse-ridden, with some antisocial traits.Leslie Van Houten
04Those who have killed in self-defense, but had been extremely provocative toward the victim for that to happen.
05Traumatized, desperate persons who killed abusive relatives or other people, but who show remorse for their crime and are not psychopaths.Martha Ann Johnson
06Impetuous, hotheaded murderers, yet without marked psychopathic traits.Robert John Bardo, Billy Wayne Sinclair
07Highly narcissistic, but not distinctly psychopathic persons—some with a psychotic core—who kill persons next to them, with jealousy as an underlying motive.Marybeth Tinning, Mark David Chapman, Armin Meiwes, Diana Dial
08Non-psychopathic persons with smoldering rage, and who kill when the rage is ignited.Charles Whitman
09Jealous lovers with marked psychopathic features.Betty Broderick
10Killers of people "in the way", such as witnesses. Extremely egocentric, but not distinctly psychopathic.Rod Ferrell, Susan Smith
11Psychopathic killers of people "in the way", such as close friends or even family members.Jeffrey R. MacDonald
12Power-hungry psychopaths who kill when they are "cornered".Ervil LeBaron
13Psychopathic murderers with inadequate, rageful personalities, rage being the reason of their killings.Ed Gein, Herbert Mullin, Martin Bryant, Karla Faye Tucker, Peter Lundin, Latasha Pulliam
14Ruthlessly self-centered psychopathic schemers who kill to benefit themselves.Richard Farley, Diane Downs, John List, Sante Kimes
15Psychopathic cold-blooded spree killers or multiple murderers.Andal Ampatuan, Jr., Andrew Cunanan, Charles Manson, Charles Starkweather, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Colin Ferguson, Michael McDermott, Dorothea Puente, Seung-Hui Cho
16Psychopaths committing multiple vicious acts, with repeated acts of extreme violence.Gwendolyn Graham, Cathy Wood, Karla Homolka, Myra Hindley, Terry Driver, Theodore Kaczynski, Shoko Asahara, Michael Swango
17Sexually perverse serial murderers: Rape is the primary motive and the victim is killed to hide evidence.Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, David Berkowitz, Richard Chase, Aileen Wuornos, Dennis Nilsen
18Psychopathic torture-murderers, where murder is the primary motive, and the victim is killed after a torture that was not prolonged.Nathan Bar-Jonah, Gary Ridgway, Jerry Brudos, William Heirens, Keith Jesperson
19Psychopaths driven to terrorism, subjugation, intimidation, and rape, short of murder or murder is not the primary motive.Gary Stephen Krist
20Psychopathic torture-murderers, where torture is the primary motive, but in persons with distinct psychoses (such as schizophrenia).Joseph Kallinger
21Psychopaths who do not kill their victims, but do subject them to extreme torture.Cameron Hooker
22Psychopathic torture-murderers, where torture is the primary motive. In most cases, the crime has a sexual motivating factor.Tommy Lynn Sells, John Wayne Gacy, Dennis Rader, Theresa Knorr, Charles Ng, Leonard Lake, Paul Bernardo, Ian Brady, Gary Heidnik, David Parker Ray, Westley Allan Dodd, George Hodel, Jeffrey Lundgren, Edmund Kemper, H. H. Holmes, Adolfo Constanzo, John Edward Robinson, Andrei Chikatilo, Jeffrey Dahmer, Daniel Barbosa, Pedro Alonso Lopez, Paul Cho, Richard Kuklinski, Jim Jones[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Most Evil : Episode Guide : Investigation Discovery". Investigation.Discovery.com. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ Most Evil: Cult Leaders, 43.15 min