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Digging the Dead


Years ago, when San Joaquin Sisters in Crime was young, Kim Anderson made phone call after phone call searching for speakers. She came across Dr. Eric Hickey who was on the staff at CSU Fresno. He was invited to speak at a chapter meeting. In the following years, he graciously came to pinch hit for last minute cancellations and was soon given a regular spot on the SJSinC roster and in our hearts.

I have learned much from his presentations. Not just about the midnight spaces in the soul and the evil that resides there, but what it takes to work with people who commit unspeakable crimes. My conclusion is that for those in forensics as well as those of us with ordinary problems, a sense of humor and a stable home life are the keystones of sanity. Dr. Hickey is both sane and funny. He remains a perennial favorite speaker for SJ-SinC.

On March 4, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Hickey again. His topic will be: Digging the Dead: The Science of Necrophilia.

To quote Dr. Hickey,” It will be a walk on the Dark side!”

Dr. Eric Hickey is a professor and core faculty member in Walden University’s Forensic Psychology graduate programs. As the former Dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, Dr. Hickey has taught many courses involving the psychology of crime. Topics explored include serial and mass murder, criminal paraphilia and sexual predators, crime scene investigations, psychopathy and criminal personalities, arson and fire-setting, school and workplace violence prevention and victimology.

An international survey (2014) identified Dr. Hickey as one of the top 30 active forensic experts in the world. His expertise is chronicled in dozens of television documentaries including appearances on CNN, History Channel, NPR, Larry King Live, 20/20, A&E Biography, Oxygen, Reelz, Good Morning America, CBC, True TV, Discovery, OWN and TLC.

His most frequently cited book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 7th ed., 2016 (Wadsworth-Cengage Publishers), is used as a teaching tool in universities and by law enforcement. His most recent co-edited book is Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Interdisciplinary Approach, 2016 (Cognella), explores through the eyes of noted experts, some of the darkest criminal behaviors known to mankind.

Please come to the meeting at 9:45 a.m.so you can sign in and order lunch.


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