"What can you know... and when can you know it?"

Killers Among Us

Daily, there are stories of killings.

These situations can involve a vast array of circumstances, a wide ranging array of people and an unbelievable scope of relationships that include 00 but aren't limited to family, friends, mates, spouses, employees, co-workers, third parties and even mere acquaintances.

Often, there were circumstances that, in hindsight, reveal a chronically escalating situation. Sometimes, even the courts are involved and those injured were hurt or even killed by the very people the courts erroneously ordered into the lives of those injured or killed -- sometimes with supervision, often without it.

Incredibly, these events frequently involve people that have threatened to harm others -- but those with that critical 'inside knowledge' failed to do anything to prevent the incident from occurring.

Too often, they might have tried but no one took the information seriously. And, finally, we're all more than aware of situations in which no one believed the victim.

While there will always be senseless killings and no one can know, 100% of the time, who might or might not maim or kill, the United States is far behind the rest of the world in allowing certain pieces of evidence to be brought to bear in situations in which a person might be losing their grasp on their mental health or even their sanity.

What about contributing factors?

Sometimes, these incidents are drug driven -- and sometimes they are fueled by alcohol. Contributing factors, certainly -- and, sometimes, they're utilized to 'calm the conscience' of a person already enraged over other, uncontrollable elements of life -- the end of a relationship, a pending divorce, the potential loss of the custody of their children, job loss, frustration, jealousy.

These are the types of incidents that frequently drive the rage of human beings. There are no surprises here.

What is surprising is the number of times that a violent rage will culminate in a violent episode -- and someone, or many people -- died: completely unnecessarily.

Even more surprising: others reportedly saw it coming and did nothing to intervene -- usually because, they report, they simply didn't know what to do.

We can address many of these types of situations and, upon careful review of the handwriting of the individuals in question, provide insight into the level of danger -- if any -- these individuals might represent.

Look at situations in which someone died. What danger signs were there that were overlooked? Whose job would it have been to recognize these signs and remove potential victims from that 'line of fire'?

From the mother that worries about the boy her daughter is seeing to the situations which involve the deaths of hundreds of people at the hands of a lunatic, there are guidelines within this site that can be useful in determining how to handle such situations.

Behaviors change. Sometimes, the 'drug induced rage' can be caused by pharmaceuticals prescribed in the hope that an individual will become less prone toward outbursts.

Sometimes, the prescriptions offered a person in an effort to ward off depression can ultimately result in psychotic breaks.

The common denominator here is the evaluation of a person's handwriting to determine whether or not there are changes, problems or even symptoms that could be recognized in time to ward off a real disaster.

Finally, a note to those who are aware of a potentially suicidal individual: In spite of 'tough love' teachings to the contrary, it is imperative to know the level of depression with which you're dealing before 'testing' the waters with ultimatums or psychological abandonment.


It's never prudent to turn one's back on a person that might harm themselves in the belief that there is no way to discern whether or not that danger might be real.

In most cases, there are clear indicators of a potential suicide in the making: affording all concerned an opportunity to address issues, make changes and even reach out to someone they think is seriously considering suicide.

We look for those telltale signs in the script and can make a strong determination concerning the unspoken challenges such an individual might be facing. By utilizing such methods, a true crisis can often be averted.

Many psychology and psychiatry professionals know and understand the merit of evaluating the handwriting of those struggling with depression and/or other personality issues so that deterioration can be identified and addressed.

The question, after all, is a simple one:

                            Are they dangerous?

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