Media Room

Books and Publications:

 The School Shooter:  A Threat Assessment Perspective
Mary Ellen O’Toole Ph.D.
Publication Date:  August 2008

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“Youth violence has been one of the greatest single crime problems we face in this country.  That is why this     report, the first of its kind, is so important and serves as a vital foundation. It presents a model procedure for threat assessment and intervention–including a chapter on key indicators that should be regarded as warning signs in evaluating threats.”

Dangerous Instincts:  How Gut Feelings Betray Us.
Mary Ellen O’Toole Ph.D. and Alisa Bowman
Publication Date:  October 2011

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” As one of the world’s top experts on psychopathy and criminal behavior, Mary Ellen O’Toole has seen repeatedly how relying on the sense of fear alone often fails to protect us from danger. Whether you are opening the door to a stranger or meeting a date you connected with online, you need to know how to protect yourself from harm-physical, financial, legal, and professional.”


Television Appearances:

48 Hours Mystery – “Tragedy in Aurora

9News – “Inside the Mind of Jessica’s Killer

ABC News – Nightline – “Oregon Mall Shooter and Aurora Theater Shooter Both Wore Masks

ABC News  – 20/20 – “Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: ‘Obviously Not Well’

ABC News  with Diane Sawyer – “Mississippi Highway Shooter

Anderson Cooper 360 – Child Predator Grooms Parents

Anderson Cooper 360 – “Questioning Aurora Suspect’s Sanity

Anderson Cooper 360 – “Theories on the ‘Teardrop Rapist’

Anderson Cooper 360 – Sandusky’s Personality Disorder Defense

Anderson Cooper 360 – “How the FBI Profiles Serial Killers

Anderson Cooper 360 – “New Clues in the Etan Patz Mystery

CBS Evening News – “Police: Colo. Shooter James Holmes Set Up Elaborate Bomb in Apartment as Distraction

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley – “Police Find Disturbing Mail From Colo. Suspect

CBS News – “Holmes’ Academic Reputation Called Into Question

CBS News – “Profiler: Conn. Shooter’s Warning Signs Likely Ignored

CBS This Morning – “Former FBI Profiler Offers Insights Into the Mind of a Killer

CBS This Morning– “Man’s Alleged Plot to Shoot Up ‘Twilight’ Showing Inspired by Aurora?”

CBS This Morning – “Profiling James Holmes

CBS This Morning – “Former FBI Profiler Offers Insights Into the Mind of a Killer

Criminal Mindscapes – “Dangerous Instincts

Dateline – “NBC’s Dateline Anne Curry – Jaycee Dugard Pt. 3

Fox and Friends – “Don’t Trust Your Gut Instincts

Fox and Friends – “Retired FBI Criminal Profiler Examines Isabel Case

Fox News – “Inside the Mind of James Holmes

Fox News – “Police Ask For Help in Search for Holly Bobo

Huff Post Live – “The Best Portrayal of a Psychopath

Huff Post Live – “American Psychopaths

Huff Post Live – “Will Death Penalty Help?

Good Morning America – “Mississippi Highway Shooter

Sun News Network Canada – “Will He Do It Again?”

Sun News Network Canada – “In the Mind of a Killer on the Run

WILS 1320 Capital City Recap –Aurora, Colorado Tragedy

WUSA9 News DC – “Moviegoing Crowds Mindful of Colorado Massacre

WUSA9 News DC – “Former FBI Profiler Talks Aurora Movie Theater Shooting

WUSA9 News DC – “Beware of Your Gut Instincts

Yahoo! Shine – “Secrets to Your Success – Mary Ellen O’Toole


Radio Interviews:

AARP – “Dangerous Instincts

Aftermath Radio – “Dangerous Instincts

Aftermath Radio – “Psychopathy and Criminal Profiling

BBC Radio UK – “Weekend Breakfast interview – Aurora Tragedy(interview at 2:05:00 mark)

Coast to Coast A.M./George Noory Show – “Dangerous Instincts(begins at 13:25)

The David Sirota Show – Dangerous Instincts 

Francene Marie – “Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole with Francene Marie

Friends Health Connection – Dangerous Instincts

The Leonard Lopate Show – “Dangerous Instincts

Nightwatch Radio – “Dangerous Instincts

NPR – “FBI: Rash of School Shootings Not ‘Copycat’ Crimes

NPR – “Sexual Predators Often Elude Casual Profilers

Social Engineering – “Putting the Psycho in Social Engineering

Straight-Up with Chris – “School Violence, Workplace Violence, and Threat Assessment


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