Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Forensic Psychology Book of The Month (August)

Adoption: Uncharted Waters by by David Kirschner

In Adoption: Uncharted Waters, renowned psychologist David Kirschner, Ph.D., opens his case files showing the connection between adoption and murder. Kirschner has prepared psychological evaluations of numerous murderers, including "Casino Killer" Jeremy Strohmeyer, serial wife-and-mother poisoner Steve Catlin, and New York's most prolific serial killer, Joel Rifkin. There's also an in-depth chapter on adoptee and multiple murderer David Berkowitz -- the infamous "Son of Sam."

The author takes no prisoners in telling his side of these famous cases. He rips into Dr. Barbara Kirwin, the defense witness who botched the Rifkin case, and slams famous attorney Alan Dershowitz, whose book "The Abuse Excuse" attacked Kirschner's "Adopted Child Syndrome."

"Adoption is a lifelong process, not a one-time event," says the author, a staunch advocate of opening birth records, which he sees as a human and civil right of adoptees. Kirschner shows how secrecy, lies, and sealed records can lead adoptees into a fantasy life that sometimes explodes in deadly rage.

For more information and to read an excerpt from the book describing the author's first encounter with Joel Rifkin, New York's most prolific serial killer, Click Here to visit the All About Forensic Psychology book of the month page.

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