Most Evil

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Most Evil
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Starring Michael Stone (S1-2)/
Kris Mohandie (S3)
Narrated by Tim Hopper
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 38
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network Discovery Channel
Revived series:
Investigation Discovery
Original release July 13, 2006 (2006-07-13) - April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07)
Revived series:
December 7, 2014 (2014-12-07)
External links
Website investigation.discovery.com/tv/most-evil/most-evil.html

Most Evil is an American forensics television program on Investigation Discovery presented by forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone of Columbia University during seasons 1 and 2 and by forensic psychologist Dr. Kris Mohandie during Season 3.[1] On the show, the presenter rates murderers on a scale of evil that Stone himself has developed. The show features profiles on various murderers, serial killers, mass murderers and psychopaths.

Season 1[edit]

# Title Original air date[2]
01 "Killer Lies" July 13, 2006 (2006-07-13)
Susan Smith, John List, Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, Dennis Rader
02 "Cold-Blooded Killers" July 20, 2006 (2006-07-20)
Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Gary Ridgway, Tommy Lynn Sells
03 "Murderous Women" July 27, 2006 (2006-07-27)
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 (2006-08-10)
(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 (2006-08-17)
Ed Gein, Arthur Shawcross, Gary Heidnik
06 "Deadly Desires" August 24, 2006 (2006-08-24)
Jerry Brudos, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Parker Ray, Westley Allan Dodd
07 "Science of Murder" August 31, 2006 (2006-08-31)
Charles Whitman, Arthur Shawcross, Ed Gein, Gary Heidnik, Ted Bundy
08 "Up Close" September 7, 2006 (2006-09-07)
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, Cathy Wood, Cindy Hendy, Westley Allan Dodd, Tommy Lynn Sells, Leonard Lake

Season 2[edit]

# Title Original air date[2]
01 "Jealousy" August 12, 2007 (2007-08-12)
Samuel Collins, Clara Harris, Andrew Cunanan, Agustin Garcia, Ira Einhorn, Jean Harris, Brynn Hartman
02 "Stalker" August 19, 2007 (2007-08-19)
Richard Farley, Robert John Bardo, Mark David Chapman, Gerald Atkins
03 "Delusional" August 26, 2007 (2007-08-26)
Herbert Mullin, Diana Dial, Eric Beishline, Michael Owen Perry
04 "Unsolved Cases" September 2, 2007 (2007-09-02)
The Lipstick Killer (possibly William Heirens), Black Dahlia (possibly George Hill Hodel), James McVey killers
05 "Cult Followers" September 9, 2007 (2007-09-09)
Ron Luff, Jeffrey Lundgren, Charles Manson, Charles "Tex" Watson, Jim Jones
06 "Spree Killers" September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
Martin Bryant, Charles Whitman, Charles Starkweather, Andrew Cunanan, Yusef Rahman, Seung-Hui Cho
07 "Attention Seekers" September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)
David Berkowitz, Dennis Rader, Zodiac Killer, Terry Driver, Keith Jesperson
08 "Masterminds" September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)
Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy, H. H. Holmes, Theodore Kaczynski
09 "Revenge" October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)
Coy Wayne Wesbrook, Archie McCafferty, Patty Bieber
10 "Cult Leaders" October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)
Shoko Asahara, Adolfo Constanzo, Charles Manson, Jim Jones
11 "Manson" January 31, 2008 (2008-01-31)
Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel
12 "Super Delusional" February 7, 2008 (2008-02-07)
Michael Owen Perry, Joseph Kallinger, Leonard Lake, Diana Dial, Colin Ferguson, Michael McDermott
13 "Schemers" February 14, 2008 (2008-02-14)
Diane Downs, Michael Swango, Randy Kraft, John Edward Robinson, Martha Ann Johnson
14 "Vampires/Cannibals" February 21, 2008 (2008-02-21)
Armin Meiwes, Andrei Chikatilo, Richard Chase, Rod Ferrell, Jeffrey Dahmer
15 "Murderous Women" February 28, 2008 (2008-02-28)
Dorothea Puente, Judith Neelley (Alvin and Judith Neelley), Betty Broderick, Latasha Pulliam
16 "Redemption" March 6, 2008 (2008-03-06)
Billy Wayne Sinclair, Karla Faye Tucker, Archie McCafferty, Daniel Nieto
17 "Gangs" March 13, 2008 (2008-03-13)
Richard Kuklinski, Philadelphia Poison Ring, Ismael Cisneros, Joseph Salcedo, Ervil LeBaron
18 "The Killer's Brain" March 20, 2008 (2008-03-20)
Samuel Collins, Clara L. Harris, Diane Downs, David Berkowitz, Richard Chase, Edmund Kemper, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel
19 "Face to Face" March 27, 2008 (2008-03-27)
Coy Wayne Wesbrook, Ron Luff, Diana Dial, Daniel Nieto
20 "Tracking Killers" April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07)
Andrew Cunanan, Keith Jesperson, Black Dahlia Murderer

Season 3[edit]

# Title Original air date
01 "Manipulators" December 7, 2014 (2014-12-07)
Taylor Helzer, Sylvia White, Elmer Wayne Henley, Dean Corll
02 "Control Killers" December 14, 2014 (2014-12-14)
Ronald Gene Simmons, Richard Angelo, Billy Wayne Coble
03 "Rage Killers" December 21, 2014 (2014-12-21)
Gerald Stano, Benjamin Atkins, Robert Lopez
04 "Stone Cold Killers" December 28, 2014 (2014-12-28)
Henry Lee Lucas, Maksim Gelman, Joseph Paul Franklin
05 "Sexual Deviants" January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)
Wayne Adam Ford, Richard Hooten, Gerard John Schaefer
06 "Fantasy Killers" January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11)
Daniel Conahan, Angela Sanford, Harvey Miguel Robinson
07 "Deceptive Killers" January 16, 2015 (2015-01-16)
Darci Pierce, Doyle Kelley, Kendall Francois
08 "Egocentric Killers" January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23)
Robert Ben Rhoades, Paul Devoe, David Dowler
09 "Attention Seekers" January 30, 2015 (2015-01-30)
George Russell, Eddie Seda, Terry Caylor
10 "Predators" February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26)
David Elliot Penton, Jack Owen Spillman, Levi King

Scale and criminals[edit]

Stone researched hundreds of killers and their methods and motives to develop his hierarchy of "evil".[citation needed] 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.

Only criminals profiled on the show to be included below

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. Samuel Collins
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, Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr.
06 Impetuous, hotheaded murderers, yet without marked psychopathic traits. Robert John Bardo, Billy Wayne Sinclair, Coy Wayne Wesbrook, Doyle Kelley, Daniel Nieto
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, David Dowler, Clara Harris, Michael Owen Perry
08 Non-psychopathic persons with smoldering rage, and who kill when the rage is ignited. Charles Whitman
09 Jealous lovers with marked psychopathic features. Betty Broderick, Robert Lopez, Ron Luff
10 Killers of people "in the way", such as witnesses. Extremely egocentric, but not distinctly psychopathic. Rod Ferrell, Susan Smith, Darci Pierce
11 Psychopathic killers of people "in the way", such as close friends or even family members. Ismael Cisneros
12 Power-hungry psychopaths who kill when they are "cornered". Ervil LeBaron, Angela Sanford
13 Psychopathic murderers with inadequate, rageful personalities, rage being the reason of their killings. Ed Gein, Herbert Mullin, Martin Bryant, Karla Faye Tucker, Latasha Pulliam, Richard Angelo, Maksim Gelman, Yusef Rahman
14 Ruthlessly self-centered psychopathic schemers who kill to benefit themselves. Richard Farley, Diane Downs, John List, Sylvia White, Herman and Paul Petrillo
15 Psychopathic cold-blooded spree killers or multiple murderers. Andrew Cunanan, Charles Manson, Charles Starkweather, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Colin Ferguson, Michael McDermott, Dorothea Puente, Archie McCafferty, Billy Wayne Coble, Benjamin Atkins, Paul Devoe
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, Joseph Paul Franklin, Richard Hooten, Kendall Francois, Eddie Seda, Levi King, Gerald Atkins, Eric Beishline
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, Aileen Wuornos, Wayne Adam Ford, Henry Lee Lucas, Gerald Stano, George Russell
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, Keith Jesperson, Harvey Miguel Robinson, Terry Caylor, Taylor Helzer
19 Psychopaths driven to terrorism, subjugation, intimidation, and rape, short of murder or murder is not the primary motive.
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 or extreme violence.
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, David Parker Ray, Westley Allan Dodd, George Hill Hodel, Jeffrey Lundgren, Edmund Kemper, H. H. Holmes, Adolfo Constanzo, John Edward Robinson, Andrei Chikatilo, Jeffrey Dahmer, Gerard John Schaefer, Judith Neelley, Richard Kuklinski, Daniel Conahan, Dean Corll, Jack Owen Spillman, Ronald Gene Simmons, David Elliot Penton, Robert Ben Rhoades

Series Return[edit]

On December 7, 2014, Investigation Discovery began airing new episodes with a new host, Dr. Kris Mohandie.

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