Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

How Dr. Michael Welner created the Depravity Scale

Most of us recognize depravity when we see it, but Welner, who believes courts and jurors need a standardized barometer of depraved crimes and evil actions, developed the Depravity Scale to help them decide how depraved a particular crime is before sentencing.

VIDEO: Dr. Michael Welner: ‘A Person Makes a Life Choice That at Some Point He is Going to Be a Mass Killer’

Dr. Welner, Forensic Psychologist and Chairman of the Forensic Panel, offers insight and hope regarding the Sandy Hook massacre on ABC’s popular show The View, discussing the role of guns, mental illness, the media and the individual, in cases of mass murder.

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