Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned From 20 Years as an Expert Witness in Murder Cases

A Rumor of Empathy

Apr 22 2015 • 55 mins


Join me for a conversation with James Garbarino, the author of Listening to Killers (UCalifornia 2015) as he discusses lessons learned in his twenty plus years as a psychological expert witness in murder cases. Having empathy for the victims of violent crimes and the survivors is relatively easy for any decent human being. It is easy to include the survivors in the circle of caring of the community. However, what about getting inside the head of the killer? What about getting inside the heart of what is left of the heart of the killer? Some people would deny this is a human being sitting on death row; and no one is proposing to let dangerous men (or women) out of jail. Dr Garbarino has made his life’s work discovering the humanity within. The journey is both confronting and inspiring. How did you get here – death row or life in prison without parole? What do you think happened? Join me for a fascinating and engaging conversation as let Jim inform our listening – to killers.