Most Evil

The BEST episodes of Most Evil

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Most Evil is an American forensics television program on the Discovery Channel starring forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone from Columbia University. On the show, Dr. Michael Stone rates murderers on a scale of evil that he developed.

Last Updated: 4/11/2022Network: Investigation Discovery
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Redemption
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9.00
4 votes

#1 - Redemption

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/6/2008

Redemption. The atonement of guilt. Is it possible for killers to reform and change their lives? Or are murderers always evil? For decades, Dr. Michael Stone has explored the nature of evil, examining the heinous crimes people commit. But now Dr. Stone will use his scale to explore a new question: is evil a constant state? Is redemption possible? Can a killer change? Dr. Stone interviews Billy Wayne Sinclair, a convicted murderer sentenced to death; Archie McCafferty, a self admitted killer given three life terms; Daniel Nieto, a life time gangster and Helen Prejan, a spiritual counselor who has witnessed multiple executions. He will explore their crimes and their lives.

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Masterminds
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8.82
11 votes

#2 - Masterminds

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/30/2007

The most intelligent serial murderers can be the most dangerous. Edmund Kemper, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and Randy Kraft all showed genius-level IQs, and their extraordinary intellect allowed them to kill for years-sometimes decades-without getting caught. What lies at the intersection of evil and intelligence? Dr. Stone, armed with new scientific discoveries on early brain development, analyzes Kemper, Kaczynski, and Kraft to find out what made these killers' use their cunning for crime.

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Super Delusional
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8.60
5 votes

#3 - Super Delusional

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/7/2008

Killers, plagued by madness and driven by delusions and false beliefs. Their minds make irrational connections that result in horrifying acts of evil. In this hour, Dr. Michael Stone explores the twisted minds of killers that create false realities that will lead to violence. He examines the cases of Michael Owen Perry, a man obsessed with Olivia Newton John and overwhelmed by mental illness leading him to murder five family members; Joseph Kallinger, who believed he was on a mission from God that will ultimately drive him to rape, torture and murder; and Michael McDermott, who went on a workplace shooting spree after claiming his co-workers were Nazis. Dr. Stone explores the nature of delusions and how they impact a killer's ranking on his scale of evil.

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Women
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8.60
5 votes

#4 - Women

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/28/2008

Women who kill. They often target those closest to them; partners, family members, friends. Columbia forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone uses his scale of evil to understand the minds and motives of women who commit murder. Do women kill less than men, or does the stereotype of being the gentler sex enable them to get away with more heinous crimes? Dorothea Puente cared for elderly alcoholics in her home and killed them with poison one by one; Judy Neelley kidnapped and tortured young women; Betty Broderick, the perfect housewife and mother, gunned down her ex-husband when he left her for a younger woman. Dr. Stone's examination of murderous women highlights who is most evil.

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Vampires/Cannibals
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8.50
6 votes

#5 - Vampires/Cannibals

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/21/2008

Cannibals - vampires. Murderers who feed on humans. Driven by desires and delusions, these criminals not only kill they also consume flesh and drink blood. What causes these people to commit the ultimate taboo? Dr. Stone explores the cases of Armin Meiwes, who prowls the internet looking for a dinner guest to eat; Richard Chase who hears voices telling him to consume blood and organs or he will die and Rod Ferrell, a man who believes he is a vampire. Dr. Stone hopes to discover what motivates these crimes and who is most evil.

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Unsolved Cases
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8.45
11 votes

#6 - Unsolved Cases

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/2/2007

Dr. Stone's scale of evil has decoded the complex psychology of the country's most notorious criminals. But can it be used to reveal new clues for unsolved crimes? Cold cases, including that of the infamous Black Dahlia, will be reopened as Dr. Stone profiles killers who may still be at large. He'll venture into prison to meet face-to-face with alleged Lipstick Murderer Bill Heirens.

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Gangs
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8.25
4 votes

#7 - Gangs

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/13/2008

Gangs. They lure members with promises of respect, money and power. From armed robbery to murder, they are responsible for some of the most brutal crimes. What drives gangsters to kill? Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone examines the world's deadliest gangsters, delving into the cases of psychopathic mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski; Paul and Herman Petrillo, who operate a deadly Philadelphia murder ring; Ervil LeBaron, a polygamist Mormon leader who runs his church like the mafia; and Ismael Cisneros, whose affiliation with street gang MS-13 leads him to murder one of his best friends. Dr. Stone speaks face-to-face with Joseph Salcedo, a Los Angeles gangster whose participation in a retaliatory murder landed him behind bars. Using his scale of evil, Dr. Stone analyzes each killer's vicious acts to determine who is most evil.

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Cult Leaders
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8.20
10 votes

#8 - Cult Leaders

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/14/2007

Even with a mix of narcissism, paranoia, and undeniable charisma, cult leaders normally don't become violent. But when they do, the consequences can be staggering. With an army of loyal followers at their command, they have the power to act out their most deluded fantasies on a scale that rivals the worst serial killers. Analyzing three of 20th century's most deadly cult leaders, Dr. Stone investigates. Vincent Bugliosi, the man who prosecuted Charles Manson, explored one of the world's most shocking crimes, and into the mind of a notorious murderer.

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Manson
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8.13
8 votes

#9 - Manson

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/31/2008

Charles Manson's name is synonymous with evil itself. Almost forty years after the Tate-LaBianca murders, history's most infamous criminal still inspires fascination and fear. But Manson himself never killed anyone. Instead, he convinced young, middle-class men and women to commit unthinkable acts of violence. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone speaks with two of Manson's followers to gain insight into his power: Catherine Share, known in the family as "gypsy," and Barbara Hoyt, a follower who nearly became Manson's next victim. Vincent Bugliosi, the man who put Manson and his most devoted followers behind bars, retraces his investigation into Manson and his motives. With his scale of evil, Dr. Stone investigates what gave Manson his incredible powers of manipulation . . . and why his name still generates such fear.

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Spree Killers
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8.07
14 votes

#10 - Spree Killers

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/16/2007

Over the last few decades, spree killings and mass murders have been on the rise. So-called "rage killers" are different from serial murderers, their anger building until they turn it loose on society, killing as many people as they can in a very short period of time. What links these acts of evil? From Charles Whitman, the Texas clock tower sniper, to Charles Starkweather, the real "Natural Born Killer," science reveals new clues into the psychology behind these seemingly senseless crimes.

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Stalker
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8.00
16 votes

#11 - Stalker

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/19/2007

What happens when delusion, obsession, and jealousy collide? Violent stalkers are among the most terrifying criminals, preying on victims with a chilling determination. What can explain this relentless drive, and what triggers violence in the mind of a stalker? Neuro-psychology is explored on the cases of four notorious stalkers, to provide insights into the science of deadly obsession. Robert Bardo, killer of television actress Rebecca Schaeffer, speaks from prison to give Dr. Stone his first-person account of the crime.

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In Pursuit of Evil
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8.00
5 votes

#12 - In Pursuit of Evil

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/7/2008

How do you track a killer? When a homicide is discovered, police must consider every possible motive and suspect if they are to bring the perpetrator to justice. Detectives must delve into the criminal mind in hopes of identifying a killer and preventing future acts of violence. In this hour, Dr. Michael Stone, forensic psychiatrist at Columbia University examines the process involved in identifying and capturing vicious killers.

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Stone Cold Killers
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8.00
7 votes

#13 - Stone Cold Killers

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/28/2014

A man stabs random strangers in New York; a man with a strange fetish claims to have killed hundreds; and a man kills at least 15 people.

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Deadly Desires
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7.95
21 votes

#14 - Deadly Desires

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/24/2006

Engineers of the most diabolical plots; killers with the most deviant desires -- Columbia University forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone explores the murderous world of these deviant killers to find out how their desires form and what drives them to carry out their fantasies. The killers featured include Jerome Brudos, whose deviant desires started with a shoe fetish as a young boy, and ended with the brutal murder and mutilation of four women as an adult; and Jeffrey Dahmer, who infamously tortured, murdered and mutilated 17 men and boys.

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Delusional
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7.91
11 votes

#15 - Delusional

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/26/2007

Featuring cutting-edge science that may finally reveal the neurological cause of violent schizophrenia, three delusional minds are profiled. Though most schizophrenics never become violent, some of the world's most notorious crimes have involved people whose bizarre breaks from reality have pushed them to murder. Some, like Bob Mullin, who killed 13 people, even hear voices commanding them to kill.

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Jealousy
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7.89
9 votes

#16 - Jealousy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/12/2007

What happens in the mind of jealous lovers turned into enraged killers? From impulsive crimes of passion to the terrifying revenge spree of Andrew Cunanan, killer of world-famous fashion designer Gianni Versace, Dr. Stone unravels how the psychology of love can become the psychology of murder. The FBI deputy director who led the Cunanan manhunt, leads viewers through his search for an unstoppable killer consumed by jealous rage.

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Schemers
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7.86
7 votes

#17 - Schemers

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/14/2008

Scheming killers. Liars and con artists who deceive their families, their friends and the public. They use their intelligence to get away with murder. What drives these manipulating minds and who is most evil? Dr. Michael Stone is evaluating the cases of individuals who have planned and schemed to commit heinous crimes. Diane Downs blames a hitchhiker for shooting her children, but a surviving daughter says her mother pulled the trigger. Michael Swango was a brilliant doctor with a dark fascination. He is suspected of killing up to 60 patients. John Robinson fooled his family and community into thinking he was an upstanding citizen and entrepreneur. In reality, he was profiting from the deaths of vulnerable women. Dr. Stone then travels to Georgia to interview Martha Ann Johnson, who was convicted of killing her daughter in an attempt to get her husband back. How do schemers fool the people around them and what makes them different from other killers?

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The Killer's Brain
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7.83
6 votes

#18 - The Killer's Brain

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/20/2008

What makes a murderer? Can malfunctions in the brain compel someone to commit acts of extreme cruelty? Are killers born or made? This hour follows Columbia University forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone on his journey to better understand why people kill. We hear from a variety of scientists about their work and examine possible scientific explanations for violent behavior.

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Face to Face
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7.80
5 votes

#19 - Face to Face

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/27/2008

Brutal killers. What motivates their heinous crimes? One man goes face to face with violent criminals to unlock the minds of the most evil. In this hour, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone uses one-on-one interviews to gain insight into the motives, methods and minds of murderers. What caused these people to commit brutal acts of violence? Can their own words give us insight into the nature of their crimes?

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Attention Seekers
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7.75
12 votes

#20 - Attention Seekers

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/23/2007

Some killers seek credit for their crimes. They play cat-and-mouse games with police, leave calling cards at crime scenes, and even send letters to newspapers. In each case, the quest for infamy leaves a devastating trail of destruction. From New York City's infamous "Son of Sam" to the terrifying spree of the DC Snipers, what causes some people to choose murder as a means to notoriety? With groundbreaking science on the origins of malignant narcissism, Dr. Stone profiles three murderers whose need for glory and control led them to incredible evil.

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Psychotic Killers
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7.67
30 votes

#21 - Psychotic Killers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/17/2006

What lies in the mind of the psycho killer? Ed Gein robbed graves to harvest the skin of his victims. Arthur Shawcross strangled prostitutes and ate their remains. Gary Heidink tortured six women in his basement for months. In each case, these killers claimed they were unaware of what's real and what's imagined. What triggered their violence? To understand their atrocities, we will examine the real science of psychosis and meet one of these killers face to face.

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Predators
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7.67
9 votes

#22 - Predators

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/26/2015

In the wild, a predator instinctively knows: eat or be eaten. For predator killers, murder is just as natural. Jack Spillman proved his bestiality by drinking his victim's blood. Levi King ambushed a sleeping family with an AK-47.

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Murderous Women
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7.64
28 votes

#23 - Murderous Women

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/27/2006

More than 90 percent of murders are committed by men. But what motivates the women who are driven to kill? Most female murderers kill those closest to them, like Mary Beth Tinning, who admitted to smothering at least some of the nine children who mysteriously died in her care. A neurologist who studies the structure of the brain finds striking differences in one region of the brain between men and women. Is this a clue to their different capacities for violence?

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Cult Followers
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7.63
8 votes

#24 - Cult Followers

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/9/2007

From the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack in Japan to the Manson murders, some of the most horrific cult killings were carried out not by the cult leaders who planned them, but by willing followers. How do these members become so entrenched in cult thinking that they become active participants in evil? Dr. Stone unearths the psychology of persuasion and indoctrination by interviewing surviving cult member Tim Carter, one of only three to survive the 1978 Jonestown massacre. And he'll meet face-to-face with Ron Luff, serving a life sentence for his part in the cult murders of the Avery family. Is there something psychologically unique to violent cult members, or can any one of us be drawn in?

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Partners in Crime
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7.60
25 votes

#25 - Partners in Crime

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/10/2006

Why do people kill together? How do the evil thoughts of one become the evil deeds of two? We probe the physiology of love and the power of authority as we unravel the motive and methods of some of the most notorious accomplice killers. From Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, Britain's "Moors Murderers," who brutally murdered five children, to Charles Lake and Leonard Ng, who tried to create a colony of sex slaves, the secrets of these evil partnerships are revealed.

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