The Psychology of Homicide


by Michele McCormack

RACINE -- The Psychology of Homicide. It's not just part of a plot from a crime drama like "Person of Interest," it's a real life concern for those studying the local impact of crime in our community.

Retired Milwaukee Homicide Detective Steven Spingola is taking his knowledge outside of the classroom at Gateway Technical College and attempting to create greater public understanding and empathy for what police forces are up against.

He held a lecture called "The Psychology of Homicide" at the Racine Public Library Tuesday night.

Spingola has written some books on notorious crimes and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He says for as much science as there is, it's virtually impossible to predict human behavior.

"When you look at the psychology of crime it's hard to pinpoint," Spingola tells CBS 58 News. "There is information that's fed into computers all the time. It's  a continuing enterprise where major departments infuse large amounts of cash. It still takes an officer out on the beat to talk to people to figure out where crime is occurring and who's doing it."

Spingola says one place of psychological study that would be of great impact is trying to understand the romance and allure firearms hold for young people.


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