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Candice DeLong was a huge draw at IDCon, but I was fortunate enough to snag a quick audience with the host of Deadly Women and Facing Evil with Candice DeLong.

Candice DeLong

Her true-crime prowess comes not only from her Investigation Discovery gigs but also past experience as a psychiatric nurse and an FBI profiler assigned to the Unabomber and Tylenol killer cases.

DeLong’s TV series include segments about a number of bad seeds Forensic Files devotees will remember, including Diana Haun and Della “Dante” Sutorius.

I’m working on finding links so you can watch those Deadly Women episodes online. In the meantime, here are DeLong’s answers to three of my nagging but a little out-of-left-field questions about crime and law enforcement:

1. What’s a scenario that could make an innocent person look guilty of murder? A man calls the police from his home. “Help, help, my wife is on the floor. She’s been stabbed.” And in his panic — and a lot of people would do this — he removes the knife. So when the police get there, he’s covered with blood because he’s been leaning over her. He pulled the knife out, so the knife has his fingerprints. His DNA’s on her, her DNA’s on him. Did he do it? A lot of people will think he did. There are situations where DNA is screaming at the police and the prosecutors, but it’s actually inconsequential.

2. How about an example of how murderers trip themselves up with the forensic evidence? In my experience, there are a lot of people who say, “I did CPR,” but there’s no evidence. If you do CPR — and I’m an RN, so I’ve done CPR many times — you’re going to leave a lot of indications that you applied tremendous pressure to that body. Or your saliva would be on their mouth, but it’s just not there. So people tend to get caught because something isn’t there. If someone says they tried to resuscitate a dying person and there’s no indication they did, I would be very suspicious that they had something to do with that person dying.

3. I’ve noticed in Forensic Files that hit men tend to get harsher sentences than the people who hired them to commit the murders (Denise Davidson, Bradley Schwartz). Do you see the same thing in your work? I think there are sentences that are painfully light. There was a show on MSNBC years ago on murder-for-hire cases and it’s astounding that some people get only one or two years in prison for almost killing [via a hit man] the mother of their children. “Can you kill my wife? I’ll give you $50” — that kind of thing. But in most of the cases I’ve seen, the person soliciting the murder gets the heavier hit, which is only right.

That’s all for this post. Until next time, cheers. RR

The Deadly Women “Web of Death” (Season 6, Episode 5), which includes a segment about the Sutorius murder, is no longer available on YouTube, but you can watch on Amazon with a Discovery+ subscription.

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‘Deadly Women’ host Candice DeLong says few are ‘born evil,’ believes there are more undiscovered female killers

Candice DeLong never felt she would run out of stories to tell about female killers.

The former FBI profiler is gearing up to kick off Season 13 of Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Women,” a popular true-crime series that explores cases featuring female murderers, analyzing their horrific motives. Each episode highlights DeLong, who offers insight into the psychologies of the terrifying sisterhood, along with other experts weighing in on the tell-tale evidence.


“I never felt we would run out of stories,” the 69-year-old told Fox News about “Deadly Women,” which premiered in 2008.

Candice DeLong attends the 2016 Inspire A Difference Gala at Dream Downtown Hotel on October 26, 2016, in New York City. (Getty)

“They are out there,” she continued. “The research to find these stories is just getting better and better. These stories can go back to at least the 1500s and probably before that. But the most notorious stories occurred in 1500s Eastern Europe. But they really are all over the place.”

While men are often driven by anger, DeLong pointed out women tend to have a more complex, long-term reason to kill. And divorce usually brings out the worst in those determined to solve their problems permanently.

“Divorce is messy, dirty and embarrassing for some people,” DeLong explained. “And, in some cases, divorce is simply a sin in the eyes of God. Murder just solves a lot of those problems. Of course, when they come to this decision, they always expect to get away with it. Nobody I’ve ever talked to, who committed murder, premeditated murder, ever thought they wouldn’t get away with it. If you thought you were going to get caught, spend your life in prison and lose everything, then chances are you wouldn’t do it.”


The case of Lucille Miller from San Bernadino, Calif., is featured in Season 13 of "Deadly Women." (ID)

“In studying premeditated spousal murder, I’ve learned two things about offenders,” shared DeLong. “The killer tends to be above average intelligence. And they’re arrogant. They think they can get away with murder. And that’s not easy. There’s no book that’s going to teach you how to do that. You can watch true crime shows and see what not to do. But if a dedicated investigator gets on the case, they’re going to get caught. With today’s techniques, it’s just not easy to get away … These offenders get surprised when they end up in prison. A lot of them, until they’re dying day, will say, ‘I didn’t do it. The jury got it wrong.’”

The premiere episode airing on Thursday, titled “Fatal Love,” studies “attractions that kill. ” It highlights the case of Jackie Spaulding, whose husband of 25 years, Roger, buys her a motel in 2004 to run so she could earn her own income. Not only did Spaulding run the motel into the ground, but she started an affair. When Roger found out, he wanted a divorce. But when Roger learned Jackie would get half of his money and he would be liable for all her motel debts, he decided to ditch town instead. Jackie, facing financial ruin, searched for a hitman. Roger was fatally shot twice in the back of the head.

There’s also Lucille Miller, a ‘60s housewife and mother of three who had dreams of elevating her social status. She planned to escape with prominent attorney Arthwell Hayton, with whom she was having a steamy affair. However, Hayton refused to leave his wife. With Miller being the sole beneficiary of her husband Cork’s life insurance policy, she fed him a cocktail of sedatives and drove him semi-conscious late one night to an isolated roadway. She veered the car off the road, set it on fire and watched as Cork burned alive.

And finally, there’s Julie Dixon, who ran a woodworking business in a sleepy English village with her husband David Twigg. After seven years, the business was in trouble and Dixon chose to hide their financial failure. She locked Twigg in his workshop storeroom and set it ablaze, burning him alive. For months, she played the grieving widow as police attempted to search for the so-called assailants she had blamed for the attack.


Despite their gruesome crimes, DeLong doesn’t believe these women were born evil.

“Very, very few people are born evil,” she explained. “Somebody can become evil and do bad things because of circumstances, treatment as a child and experiences, which can lead them to become a killer. The vast majority of people serving time for murder in the United States were normal people like you and me who, for whatever reason, whatever situation they were in, ended up with them killing someone. That was, for them, the best way to deal with the problem. Of course, it didn’t work out. They got caught. But most people serving time for murder killed for a very specific reason. They don’t go on murder sprees, killing strangers like serial killers. The average person in prison kills one person for one reason.”

DeLong shared her favorite crimes to explore in “Deadly Women” are the historical ones. She revealed that in the past, there was a belief that women, “the givers of life,” couldn’t be murderers.

“We know that’s ridiculous,” she said. “Could you imagine the number of women who killed and got away with it? A woman could be standing over a body bleeding to death and she has a bloody knife in her hand and a smile on her face. And police might say, ‘Which way did the bad guy go?’ That’s confirmation bias, looking at a woman and going, ‘She couldn’t have possibly done this.' And I think that happened a lot historically.”

Former FBI profiler Candice DeLong says she doesn't believe all murderers are born evil. (ID)


One reason women were driven to kill in the past? Her virginity.

“Virginity was extremely important for a middle, upper-middle-class girl to have,” DeLong explained. “It was something of value. And we’ve had a lot of stories of guys who only wanted to get a girl in bed and will insist they’ll get married. But when she wakes up the next day, he’s gone. And so is her virginity. Now, what is she going to do?”

DeLong pointed out the Paula Angel case, which was included in “Deadly Women” last year. The young woman, believed to be 18 years old, fell head over heels for Juan Miguel Martin. While Martin insisted he was single, he was actually married with five children at age 22. Stunned, Angel went to confront him.

"Deadly Women" host Candice DeLong says there are more stories to be told concerning female killers from history. (ID)

“Somebody told her [Martin] was down at the whorehouse in a bad part of [New Mexico],” said DeLong. “She brought a knife because she had to walk through that bad part of town alone. She then tells him, ‘I thought we were going to get married. ’ And he tells her that she’s a foolish, foolish woman for believing he was going to marry her. She snapped and stabbed him three to four times. And it turns out that his wealthy family bought the judge to make sure she was convicted.”


Within 30 days of the murder, which happened in 1861, Angel was hanged, but not before she was tortured and starved daily by a sadistic sheriff in charge of her incarceration. It’s a story that’s seemingly forgotten today, but one DeLong was eager to tell, along with many others.


“I find these cases fascinating,” said DeLong. “And if we didn’t know about that case, imagine all the other cases we don’t know about?”

Season 13 of “Deadly Women” premieres on August 22 at 9 p.m. on ID.

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Parasitoids: 5 Deadly Organisms That Kill Their Own Hosts

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Parasitoids are organisms that live in close association with their hosts before eventually killing them. Most parasitoids live inside hosts, most of which are animals such as insects or even mammals. Not only do they feed on their hosts, but they also cause changes in host behavior in their favor. Today we will talk about the 5 most deadly parasitoids that prey on the life of other animals and find out if they are dangerous to humans. Here is our list of 5 deadly organisms that kill their hosts.


Horse hairworms or hairworms are similar to nematodes, but much longer and very thin. These worms live in damp places and water nearby or in puddles and streams. They are also found in cisterns, domestic water supplies, livestock drinkers, or swimming pools. Hairies squirm slowly, twisting their hair-like bodies into intricate ball-like knots; hence the nickname of these worms. Adults of these parasitoids live freely, but their larvae are parasites of invertebrates, especially some insects such as beetles, cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, etc. The adults mate in the water, then the females lay chains of eggs and they hatch in 2 weeks to 3 months. For 24 hours after hatching, the larvae wait for the unfortunate target hosts to drink water along with them. Once they are in the insect, the larvae enter through the intestines of the host, where they grow. The larvae mature inside the host's body, mind control it, and make it jump into the water to get out. The mature worm then emerges from the host while the poor fellow drowns, fighting for dear life before dying. So can a person get a hairball? Fortunately, these parasitoids are harmless to vertebrates, so they cannot paralyze humans, birds, livestock, or plants. Although people can ingest the worms, the side effects are only a minor discomfort. Read also: Animal Zombies or 7 Body Snatchers Who Control the Mind of Owners

Lancet fluke (Dicrocoelium dendriticum)

It is a parasitoid with 5 developmental stages, including miracidia, sporocysts, cercariae, metacercariae, and adults. It starts as free-swimming ciliate larvae before its transition from eggs to the first intermediate host. The most common first host is snails, where the parasitoids asexually produce more sporocysts internally. They then move from first host to second and third host before fully developing as adults. The second step takes about 90 days for flukes to fill a snail's lung. The host snail then coughs up mucus balls full of parasites in its mucus trail. Ants collect these slimy balls as sources of moisture, and in doing so, they swallow 50 to 100 flukes. The cercariae make holes in the seed (esophageal dilatation) of the ant without killing the host. The cercariae then enter the ant's stomach, where metacercariae develop. There, the metacercariae can control certain ant muscles and movements. This causes the ant to climb a blade of grass or other vegetation so that it can be accidentally eaten by a grazing animal. The final hosts are cattle, sheep and other grazing animals, the liver of which becomes the last home for parasitoids. Among the 3 hosts, ants are the most miserable because their fate is doomed to die after being infected. Can people be infected with lanceolate liver fluke? Dicrocoelium dendriticum is a common parasite of ruminants that affects only animals. However, there is another species known as Dicrocoelium hospes which is responsible for human infections in West Africa.

Myrmeconema Neotropicum

Here you are looking at one of the strange parasitoids that can turn host ants into ripe red berries. Not literally, but this parasitic species causes fruit mimicry in the tropical ant Cephaloyes atratus in South America. Ants have a black abdomen, but the infection turns the ant's stomach into what looks like a red berry. This transformation attracts birds to feed on an ant containing parasitoid eggs. The birds then defecate the eggs, which will be picked up by the ants to feed their larvae. When the larvae pupate, mature nematodes begin to multiply inside the larvae. The longer the ant develops, the redder the stomach becomes, and then the cycle begins. After infection, the ants not only look more appetizing, but also become more lethargic in their movements. In addition, infected ants move by holding their brightly colored bellies high in the air. In addition to mimicking size, they play an important role in making them easy targets for birds. Inside these berry-red stomachs are hundreds of parasite eggs, waiting to pass on to a new host. See also: Animal Mimicry

Parasitoid wasps

You probably know about parasitoid wasps that lay their eggs in or on the bodies of other arthropods. When the larvae hatch, they eat the host inside out, resulting in a painful death. The unfortunate hosts for these parasitoids are insects such as beetles, caterpillars, flies, especially spiders. Female parasitoid wasps have a long, sharp ovipositor at the tip of their abdomen. Some species may use hosts that are much larger than them to lay a whole batch of eggs. Another process, known as polyembryony, is where some species of wasps can lay a single egg that divides into many identical embryos. Then a whole mass of wasps can leave the host when only one egg has been laid in it. There are several general strategies followed by parasitoid wasps, including ectoparasitic, endoparasitic, idiobiont, or koinobiont. Ectoparasitic is when the eggs develop outside the host, while endoparasitic means that the eggs develop inside the host. In terms of idiobiont, the larvae immediately paralyze the host, but koinobiont refers to when the larvae allow the host to live their lives normally. There are at least 500,000 species of parasitoid wasps, and many of them are actually beneficial to humans. Simply put, they help to naturally control agricultural pests in various regions of the world. This is why parasitoid wasps are one of the most common pest control methods in certain areas.

Rootheads (Rhizocephala)

Parasitoids affect not only land animals, but also those who live in the water, and Rhizocephala is one of them. Rootheads are derivatives of mollusks that parasitize decapod crustaceans such as crabs, mantis shrimp and more in freshwater and deep oceans. Parasitoid mollusks lack all internal organs, appendages, and segmentation, except for a few muscles, gonads, and nervous system, as in adults. There are many species, and most start life as internal parasites in the abdomen of their hosts. After a few months, the outer shell is pushed through the left side of the abdomen. At first, the bulge has a spherical shape, then it lengthens as it grows, which turns into a cylindrical shape. In addition, there is another part, called the "intern", which remains inside the body of the host. These internal organs pass through root-like tendrils that wrap around the host's organs; hence the name Rhizocephala, meaning root head. These roots wind around certain organs of the body, and most of them are found around the crustacean hepatopancreas. Concentration is the absorption of nutrients from the host, which also results in the host's inability to shed and loss of nutrients. In some other species, such as sacculina, they extend their roots to the brain and central nervous system of crustaceans. This may simply lead to their ability to manipulate their master's behavior to some extent. Parasitoids control the host's mind and turn it into a babysitter for aeration and caring for a brood of clams. The lifespan of sacculina matches that of their hosts, which is 1 to 2 years. Usually, infected hosts become weaker as the parasite grows before they eventually die.

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    The human brain is the most inaccessible place for pathogenic microorganisms. It is protected by the blood-brain barrier, which maintains the homeostasis of the nervous system. However, there are parasites that can bypass defenses, enter the brain, and cause serious illness. talks about nerve eaters, worms in the head and microbes suspected that they can even control human behavior.

    Invisible killer

    Naegleria fowleri amoeba ( Naegleria fowleri ) lives in warm freshwater lakes and slow-flowing rivers. It can, along with water, enter the nasal cavity of bathing children and young people, after which it finds its way through the nerves to the brain, where it causes a dangerous disease - primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. This rare disease most often (in 95 percent of cases) leads to an agonizing death. A few days after infection, headache, dizziness, and fever occur. The patient's condition rapidly deteriorates, convulsions, epileptic seizures, hallucinations begin. The patient loses his sense of smell, hearing or vision. Amoebas attack nerve cells, literally eating the human brain.

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    Amoebae are able to avoid the counteraction of the human immune system. Once in the nose, they are fixed on the mucous membrane, from where they are introduced into the olfactory nerve, leading directly to the brain. Having reached the olfactory bulb (a structure in the lower part of the frontal lobes of the brain), microorganisms begin to destroy nerve tissue. This leads to loss of smell and taste approximately on the fifth day after infection. The olfactory bulb serves as a springboard for the further spread of negleria throughout the brain.

    Amoeba infects the meninges. The response of the immune system, which sends out lymphocytes to fight infection, causes widespread inflammation. The patient has severe headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting. However, the immune system is unable to stop negleria spreading through the central nervous system. Secondary symptoms appear: delusions, hallucinations, confusion and convulsions. The frontal lobes of the brain suffer the most because they are close to the olfactory bulb.

    A person dies not because of the loss of nerve cells, but because of the edema associated with the activity of lymphocytes, which increases the pressure in the skull. In the end, the connection between the brain and spinal cord is broken, and the patient dies from respiratory failure.

    It takes quite a lot of water to get Negleria into the upper respiratory tract. The risk group includes those who are engaged in water sports, diving or wakeboarding. A case of infection with amoebas during a Baptist baptism has been described.

    Negleria specimens

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    Amoebic meningoencephalitis has only been diagnosed in a few hundred people worldwide in history. This disease was first described in 1965 in the Australian city of Adelaide. Later, cases of infection were recorded in the southern states of the United States, Europe, India, the countries of the Middle East and Asia. However, Naegleria fowleri is now found even in previously uncharacteristic regions due to climate change.

    In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of miltefosine for amoebic infections after treating several children with meningoencephalitis.


    Much more common is a parasitic infection of the brain caused by ingestion of cysticerci, the larvae of tapeworm ( Taenia solium ), into the central nervous system. The US National Institutes of Health classifies neurocysticercosis as the leading cause of epilepsy worldwide. According to WHO, more than 50 million people are now infected with tapeworms, and in the United States alone, about two thousand new cases of neurocysticercosis are recorded annually.

    Tapeworm larvae enter the human brain after helminth eggs enter the gastrointestinal tract. An egg is a bubble that reaches the size of a walnut. In the stomach, its shell dissolves, the larva is introduced into the walls of the intestine and spreads throughout the body through the blood vessels. In more than half of the cases, cysticerci enter the central nervous system.

    Cysticercus may reside in the ventricular cavity, where it floats freely in the cerebrospinal fluid, in the pia mater, or in the cerebral cortex. The presence of the worm causes chronic inflammation and has a toxic effect on the central nervous system. The patient may experience paresis or paralysis of the limbs, severe headaches, speech impairment, epileptic seizures, and even changes in the psyche.

    A person can live peacefully for decades without knowing that a parasite has settled in his head. This is due to the fact that the worm apparently produces substances that suppress the immune response. But sooner or later the tapeworm dies, turning into a calcified corpse. The immune system immediately strikes back, leading to neurological symptoms.

    Pork tapeworm

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    Neurocysticercosis is common in Asia, Central Africa and Latin America. In some regions, up to 25 percent of the population is believed to be infected with tapeworm. In 2015, tapeworms killed about 400 people worldwide.

    Most often, parasite eggs enter the human body through dirty water and unwashed vegetables, as well as through eating raw meat.

    Zombie parasite

    Toxoplasma is a protist whose hosts are predominantly cats. However, people are also infected with it, which, however, in most cases does not threaten anything special. Toxoplasma is dangerous only for pregnant women and people with reduced immunity. At the same time, a number of scientists believe that protists can also influence human behavior, almost forcing him to get cats.

    It has been proven that mice infected with a microorganism are less afraid of felines. As a result, such rodents are more likely to become victims of domestic animals, and protists successfully penetrate the body of their main hosts.

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