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Inside the Mind of a Murderer with Dr Richard Taylor and Nimco Ali

Drawing from his book, The Mind of a Murderer, Taylor helps us to understand what lies inside the minds of people who kill other people

‘A dark, fascinating and often surprising glimpse into the minds of those who kill, from a forensic psychiatrist who’s seen it all’ – Rob Williams, writer of the BBC drama The Victim

In his twenty-six years in the field, psychiatrist and author Richard Taylor has worked on more than a hundred murder cases. In this live Intelligence Squared event, Taylor will draw on some of the most tragic, horrifying and illuminating of those cases – as well as dark secrets from his own family’s past -– to explore some of the questions he grapples with every day in his work.

Why, Taylor asked, do people kill? Does committing a monstrous act make someone a monster? Could any of us, in the wrong circumstances, become a killer? Drawing from his new book, The Mind of a Murderer, Taylor helped us understand what lies inside the minds of people who kill other people.

Taylor was in conversation with social activist and writer Nimco Ali.



Dr Richard Taylor

Forensic psychiatrist and author of The Mind of a Murderer

Forensic psychiatrist and author who has recently published his first book The Mind of a Murderer. He trained as a doctor at University College London and was inspired to move into psychiatry, and then forensic psychiatry, by some of the stabbing victims he treated in A&E as a junior doctor. He has dealt with murder cases of all kinds during his almost 30-year psychiatry career, both as an expert witness and as a treating forensic psychiatrist.

Nimco Ali OBE

Somali-British social activist and writer

Somali-British social activist and writer. She co-founded Daughters of Eve in 2010 and The Five Foundation in 2019, which leverages resources for front line activists. She helped to position FGM as a central issue in ending violence against women and girls. Her debut book is What We Are Told Not To Talk About and she was recently named in The Sunday Times list of the most influential people in Britain.


Speakers are subject to change.