Most Evil

Most Evil
Most Evil
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Format Documentary Film
Starring Michael Stone
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 28
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel Discovery Channel
Investigation Discovery
Original run July 13, 2006 – April 7, 2008
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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 he has developed. The show features profiles on various murderers, serial killers, mass murderers and psychopaths.


Season synopsis

Season 1

# Title Original 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 "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

# Title Original 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 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 

Season 3

# Title Original air date[1]
01 "Manson" January 31, 2008
Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel 
02 "Super Delusional" February 7, 2008
Michael Owen Perry, Joseph Kallinger, Leonard Lake, Diana Dial, Colin Ferguson, Michael McDermott 
03 "Schemers" February 14, 2008
Diane Downs, Michael Swango, John Edward Robinson, Martha Ann Johnson 
04 "Vampires/Cannibals" February 21, 2008
Armin Meiwes, Andrei Chikatilo, Richard Chase, Rod Ferrell, Jeffrey Dahmer 
05 "Murderous Women" February 28, 2008
Dorothea Puente, Judy Neelley, Betty Broderick, Latasha Pulliam 
06 "Redemption" March 6, 2008
Billy Wayne Sinclair, Karla Faye Tucker, Archie McCafferty, Daniel Nieto 
07 "Gangs" March 13, 2008
Richard Kuklinski, Philadelphia Poison Ring, Ismael Cisneros, Joseph Salcedo, Ervil LeBaron 
08 "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 
09 "Face to Face" March 27, 2008
Coy Wayne Wesbrook, Ron Luff, Diana Dial, Daniel Nieto 
10 "Tracking Killers" April 7, 2008
Andrew Cunanan, Keith Jesperson, Black Dahlia Murderer 

Scale and criminals

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.

Category Criteria People
01 Those who have killed in self-defense, and who do not show traces of psychopathy.
02 Jealous lovers who committed murder; although egocentric or immature, they are not psychopaths.
03 Willing companions of killers: aberrant personality, impulse-ridden, with some antisocial traits. Leslie Van Houten
04 Those who have killed in self-defense, but had been extremely provocative toward the victim for that to happen.
05 Traumatized, desperate persons who killed abusive relatives or other people, but who show remorse for their crime and are not psychopaths. Martha Ann Johnson
06 Impetuous, hotheaded murderers, yet without marked psychopathic traits. Robert John Bardo, Billy Wayne Sinclair
07 Highly 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, Susan Smith
08 Non-psychopathic persons with smoldering rage, and who kill when the rage is ignited. Charles Whitman, Keith Jesperson
09 Jealous lovers with marked psychopathic features. Betty Broderick
10 Killers of people "in the way", such as witnesses. Extremely egocentric, but not distinctly psychopathic. Rod Ferrell
11 Psychopathic killers of people "in the way", such as close friends or even family members. Richard Kuklinski
12 Power-hungry psychopaths who kill when they are "cornered". Ervil LeBaron
13 Psychopathic murderers with inadequate, rageful personalities, rage being the reason of their killings. Ed Gein, Herbert Mullin, Martin Bryant, Karla Faye Tucker Peter Lundin
14 Ruthlessly self-centered psychopathic schemers who kill to benefit themselves. Richard Farley, Diane Downs, John List
15 Psychopathic 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, Aileen Wuornos
16 Psychopaths 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
17 Sexually perverse serial murderers: Rape is the primary motive and the victim is killed to hide evidence. Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, David Berkowitz, Richard Chase
18 Psychopathic 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
19 Psychopaths driven to terrorism, subjugation, intimidation, and rape, but who are short of murder.
20 Psychopathic torture-murderers, where torture is the primary motive, but in persons with distinct psychoses (such as schizophrenia). Joseph Kallinger
21 Psychopaths who do not kill their victims, but do subject them to extreme torture.
22 Psychopathic 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, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Parker Ray, Westley Allan Dodd, George Hodel, Jeffrey Lundgren, Jim Jones, Edmund Kemper, H. H. Holmes, Adolfo Constanzo, John Edward Robinson, Andrei Chikatilo

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