Cure that Halloween hangover with a special edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio – Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen – as forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole plumbs the twisted minds of horror icons Michael Myers from the Halloween film franchise and John “Jigsaw” Kramer from the Saw series. Dr. Cole will work her magic in the 10pE hour – in the 9pE hour Joel and Eric will delve into the week’s bizarre and fascinating paranormal news, talk Halloween, and banter amusingly. You can listen to the show live and the recorded podcast right on this page via the player above as well as dozens of other spiffy outlets!
Here’s a small taste of the fascinating analysis to come on the show from Clarissa Cole:
Horror Icon Michael Myers – Halloween Film Series
A young white male named Michael was born into a comfortable middle-class family on October 19th, 1957 to Ron and Edith. He had one older sister, Judith (11 years his senior) and eventually one younger sister named Laurie. His upbringing was supposedly very quiet and normal in the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois.
However, by Michael’s 6th birthday, it was obvious that he was having some adjustment problems. From around April of that year (1963), the young Michael had stopped communicating verbally (selective mutism). This worried his parents and his teachers, but they hadn’t yet referred him for psychological treatment, preferring to think of it as “a phase.”
Then, on the evening of October 31st (Halloween), after participating in his school’s costume contest, Michael went out trick-or-treating with his friends. This proceeded without incident until Michael came to his own house to receive candy from his older sister, who was handing out goodies at the door. Upon seeing that Judith was not alone – as she was intended to be while babysitting their younger sister, Laurie – Michael experienced a very strong negative reaction. He was infuriated that Judith was spending time with her boyfriend and ignoring the needs of their sister, so shortly after Judith’s boyfriend vacated the residence, Michael went to the kitchen and retrieved a large kitchen knife….
Why would he do such a thing? Tune in to the show to find out!
Horror Icon John “Jigsaw” Kramer – Saw Film Series
By all accounts, John Kramer’s childhood was uneventful. He experienced a relatively stable and normative upbringing and there was no abuse or trauma to speak of. As an adult, John became a successful civil engineer and married “the love of [his] life,” Jill Tuck. As recounted by John, he and Jill had a happy marriage, and both were employed outside the home. For her part, Mrs. Tuck-Kramer ran a recovery clinic for drug/alcohol addicts with the motto “Cherish Your Life,” as a philosophy. In time, Jill became pregnant with the couples’ child.
However, during her pregnancy, the reckless actions of one of her patients caused Mrs. Tuck-Kramer to miscarry. This caused significant discord in the marriage, as John had difficulty forgiving and letting go. This led to the couples’ divorce and John’s spiral downward into depression.
John stated that, despite his worsening mood, he tried to ‘return to normal,’ but was soon put off his quest by a surprise diagnosis during a routine medical exam. At the appointment, he was informed that he had an aggressive form of colon cancer and a brain tumor – and, likely, not long to live. This sent John deeper into depression and he attempted suicide shortly thereafter by driving his vehicle off a cliff.
After surviving the attempt, John stated that he could “see more clearly,” and he went about dedicating the rest of his time on earth toward a singular goal: “Healing those who take life for granted…”
That’s one way to look at it.
Dr. Clarissa Cole
Dr. Clarissa Cole began her career working with the criminally insane, moved on to San Quentin counseling offenders on California’s death row, and currently supervises risk assessments across the state.
Clarissa Cole has over a decade of experience working with a wide range of dangerous criminals including sex offenders, serial killers, and gang members. Her goal is to understand the criminal mind in an effort to not only fathom why they do what they do, but to create change by offering help to those who society deems to be beyond assistance offering therapy to perpetrators and insight to victims, families, and the public at large.
Clarissa can be reached via her website, Twitter, or Facebook and she joins us on After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio the first Thursday of every month turning her gaze upon infamous serial killers.