Michael stone is a Doctor of Forensic Psychiatry at Columbia University who has spent most of his life studying and analyzing in detail the behaviors of all manner of killers. Thanks to all this research, he was able to determine the extent of the evil.
Most Evil: Make an evil ladder
Stone ran the program Most Evil (in Spain, Profile of a psychopath) on the Discovery Max channel, where he exposes this classification which he calls “scale of evil”. The different chapters of the program show the lives and crimes of several murderers, on which an investigation is carried out and each case is explained in detail, taking into account all the factors that may have influenced, predisposed and explained why his conduct, to be able to classify later in this scale.
A tool to assess the degree of psychopathy
The scale of evil it was meticulously created taking into account many types of factors: environmental, neurological and genetic. The goal was to break each case down into small units, as if they were molecules, in order to be as precise as possible and to determine the reason why a person can do something as heinous as a murder.
On the scale of the evil, questions are asked which help the professional to know the peculiarities of each case. For example, explore whether the subject had a traumatic childhood, their motivations for committing murder, why they have preferences for certain victims or others… A key point on this scale of evil is that it is worth the redundancy, wickedness and sadism themselves embodied in the crime, i.e. the meditation of it, the method of death which has been used, etc. Therefore, value, morality, ethics, and other judgments are used to rank subjects at a particular point on this scale.
Analyze the killer’s mind and brain
Also, Stone it allows us to dive deep into the killer’s mind, Examine the functioning of the brains of people who commit blood crimes, as well as their feelings towards the victim according to the degree of harm they are in according to their scale of harm.
Sometimes the information is supplemented with brain scan tests, which allows the person to view different photographs and emotionally unpleasant words, or otherwise, images that evoke positive feelings such as love.
The 22 levels of evil
The scale in question it is a hierarchy which gradually rises from level 1 to 22, Be minimal or no harm (level 1) to the maximum (level 22).
After this introduction, we will discover the scale model and its different levels.
- level 1: They killed exclusively in self-defense, show no psychopathic tendency.
- level 2: Passionate crimes committed by jealous lovers. They may be immature and / or egotistical, but they are not psychopaths.
- level 3: Companions, partners or enthusiastic lovers of dangerous homicides. They have an impulsive and aberrant personality with antisocial traits.
- level 4: They kill in self-defense, but they largely provoked the aggression against them.
- level 5: Psychologically traumatized people who are desperate and murder relatives who have sexually assaulted them. They may include drug addicts whose motive for murder is to obtain money or drugs, but they do not have significant psychopathic characteristics. They feel remorse for the acts committed.
- level 6: They act impulsively, “hot”. They do not have marked psychopathic characteristics.
- level 7: Highly narcissistic individuals, indistinguishable from people with some form of psychotic disorder, kill people around them primarily out of jealousy or passion.
- level 8: People who are not psychopaths but with high levels of suppressed fury, can kill when something triggers or ignites them.
- level 9: Disgusted jealous lovers with psychopathic characteristics.
- level 10: Assassins who killed people who stood in their way or witnesses likely to betray him. They have a clearly distinct egocentric personality, but not psychopathic.
- level 11: Same as level 10 but this time with a remarkable psychopathic personality.
- level 12: Power-hungry psychopaths who murdered when they felt cornered.
- level 13: Psychopaths full of fury, who have lost control.
- level 14: Mercilessly egocentric psychopathic conspirators, they want to benefit someone.
- level 15: Multihomicidal psychopaths who, one day in outbursts of anger (killing strangers), kill so many people pass each other in cold blood.
- level 16: Psychopaths who commit multiple or more criminal acts do not just kill once and can include vicious acts.
- level 17: Serial killers and sexually perverse killer-torturers, although its main focus is rape because the ensuing homicide aims to keep the victim from reporting it.
- level 18: Homicides which generally torture their victims beforehand, although their main motivation is murder.
- level 19: Psychopaths prone to terrorism, subjugation, rape and intimidation.
- level 20: Torturers and psychotic killers for whom torture is the main motivation.
- level 21: Psychopaths extremely interested in torture, but who we do not know for sure if they have committed homicides.
- level 22: Extreme torturers and psychopathic murderers, for whom torture is the main motivation. Their crimes involve prolonged sexual torture, followed by the murder of their victims.
Profile of a psychopath
Finally, we provide you here with the link to several chapters of the “Profile of a Psychopath” program, so that you can observe how the various homicides are classified on the scale of evil. You can also watch the show currently on TV on the channel Max.