Read John Paul Fay’s book here
John and Jennifer’s appearance on Dr. Phil
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Trigger warning: This interview contains graphic description of the history of a serial killer, viewer discretion is advised.
A few weeks ago, a regular guest of our show mentioned that she made an appearance on “Dr. Phil”, we were all very excited for her, turns out her brother wrote a book that peak the interest of the producers of Dr. Phil. Her brother had a decade long correspondence with a serial killer, Arthur Shawcross, and they were trying to co-author a book before Shawcross passed away. I thought it would a nice change of pace to interview an author, and Jenn seems to be excited to have her brother featured on our show. I had no idea what to expect, having said that, what he told us about Arthur Shawcross was even more surprising….
A note on the timeline, this show was filmed a few months ago, at the time, Jenn and John had already been on Dr. Phil’s show, that episode was in post production at the time we film this show. This episode was originally broadcasted live on CCTV-9 (channel 9 in cambridge, ma) back in early July. Parts of the interview was edited out due to the nature of the subject matter. It was edited with the consent of Jenn and John, as to agree that the absent material does not change the perspective of their personality.
Read John Paul Fay’s book, “The Shawcross letters” here
Arthur Shawcross wiki page
What happens when one of the most evil men in the history of America meets a man he trusts to share his darkest secrets with? How does it affect someone already on the edge of society when he is taken under the wing of a serial killer? Partly told through the letters of Arthur Shawcross, THE SHAWCROSS LETTERS is the tale of one of America’s most notorious serial killers and his relationship with his would-be biographer, John Paul Fay.
John Paul Fay was a murderabilia dealer with a troubled past. Arthur Shawcross, also known as the Genesee River Killer, was in prison after being convicted of murdering numerous women, he officially has killed 14 people in all. The two created a business relationship, with Fay shopping the drawings of Shawcross and working with him on a book of his life. They also created a bizarre friendship in which Shawcross would let out his darkest secrets and Fay would finally meet someone that he himself felt oddly at home with. But as we all know, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
THE SHAWCROSS LETTERS is a unique book, it is not only literary, but it lets the reader into the mind of a serial killer in a way that few books have ever done before. The reader will be drawn into the mind of Shawcross through his letters, and will find themselves wondering, what actually separates a serial killer from someone that walks among us every day?
A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. Different authorities apply different criteria when designating serial killers; while most set a threshold of three murders, others extend it to four or lessen it to two. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for example, defines serial killing as “a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone”.
Although psychological gratification is the usual motive for serial killing, and most serial killings involve sexual contact with the victim, the FBI states that the motives of serial killers can include anger, thrill-seeking, financial gain, and attention seeking. The murders may be attempted or completed in a similar fashion. The victims may have something in common, for example, demographic profile, appearance, gender or race. A serial killer is neither a mass murderer, nor a spree killer
Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950), known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. McGraw first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. In 2017, Forbes listed his earnings at $79 million for the previous 12 months, and ranked him the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world.
What’s the Difference Between Covert Hypnosis and Overt Hypnosis?
Overt hypnosis, or conventional hypnosis, utilizes a situation in which the subject of the hypnosis absolutely knows he or she is being hypnotized. For example, overt hypnosis is often used to help people break bad habits, such as smoking or overeating. It can also be used very effectively as a means to overcome phobias like fear of spiders, fear of heights, and so on.Mind, Body and Entrainment
The feedback loop between the mind and body is extremely strong. The structure and activity within the brain reflect structures present in the body. Since a structure is also integrated with other non-neurological structures of the body, the state of one system is reflected in and is somewhat a reflection of the states of others.How Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis works by allowing access to a part of the mind that is usually closed to our “waking” selves – the unconscious mind. Obviously not inaccessible, this thought center is where ideas, habits, and thoughts are formed, and this is where they can be changed. In this thought center, you have created yourself by using your own thoughts and ideas, or those external thoughts and ideas that you have absorbed. It is only by accessing these thoughts and ideas that you can change them.What is Hypnosis?
Many people think of hypnosis as a process by which a pocket watch is waved in front of a subject who is then put into a trance and does the bidding of the hypnotist. Movies show people committing crimes under hypnosis. And television shows show people barking like a dog while in a hypnotic trance. These visions of hypnosis in no way define the process itself. Hypnosis cannot induce behavior from any individual that that individual would not normally participate in. In other words, hypnosis does not force you to do anything against your will.The Physiology of Hypnosis
Since the beginning of hypnosis, there has been an ongoing debate as to the reality of he process. There are as many individuals who believe that hypnosis is a real state of consciousness as there are individuals who do not believe hypnosis is real. In an effort to prove whether or not a state of hypnosis can be induced, the scientific community has performed its own studies and garnered significant information.How to Hypnotize
Although undoubtedly many will disagree with the statement – not everyone can perform hypnosis. Although the methods do not take any real talent, there is a sort of knack that is needed to be a truly successful hypnotist. More than just a soothing voice and an ability to learn a hypnosis script will determine one’s skill in reaching the unconscious mind.History of Hypnosis
Scientists have found convincing evidence that hypnosis may have been used as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece. However, it is accepted that Dr. Franz Mesmer is the father of modern hypnotism.Accessible Hypnosis
With just about everything available on the internet, individuals who are seeking information on hypnosis will find no shortage of what they are looking for. Once upon a time, hypnotists were viewed as new-age healers and were usually only found in big cities that tolerated such subversive practices. With the acceptance of hypnosis as a respectable method of reaching into the human mind and effecting change, the availability of hypnotist practitioners has reached an all-time high. Gone are the days when individuals seeking hypnosis would have to travel to the nearest metropolis and try a hit or miss search for a reputable practitioner. Today hypnosis is available at the drop of a dime.Hypnotic Suggestions
Hypnotic suggestions, also known as post-hypnotic suggestions, are positive constructive statements given during the course of a hypnosis session that are designed to change or enhance a particular behavior, idea, or thought. Hypnotic suggestions are generally given near the end of a hypnosis session and are used as a reinforcement of the hypnosis session.Stage Hypnosis
We’ve all read about, or seen, examples of the stage hypnotist. This is the person that, as part of a show, hypnotizes a person or group of people and makes them perform what are often strange acts such as clucking like a chicken or other odd actions. Are these people really hypnotists and are their subjects actually being hypnotized? The answer is a dubious yes.Approaches to Hypnosis – Induction Methods
Hypnotists can use several different approaches to induce a state of hypnosis in his or her subjects. Some of these methods are, of course, more effective than others, and some are complete hogwash. Let’s investigate the different methods of hypnosis induction, their formats, and their viability in hypnosis…Neuro Linguistic Programming – A Life Style to Improve Your Life
In the fast growing world the achievement of a person depends mainly on the way he deals with individuals around him. This point is vital in case of your personal as well as professional life. If we are able to be good with people and meet every challenge with a positive attitude, we can make it whatever may be the situation.