“The Psychology of Serial Killers and Why They Captivate Us” – A True Crime Live Touring Event Comes to the Carolina Theatre on April 10

March 14, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

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DURHAM, NC — March 14, 2024 — Serial killers and their shocking, brutal, and senseless acts of violence have long fascinated people. What compels an individual to commit such horrific crimes? Now, there is an opportunity to go behind the headlines and delve directly into the minds of notorious modern-day serial killers, getting up-close and personal into what motivates them. It’s all part of “The Psychology of Serial Killers and Why They Captivate Us,” an extraordinary experience hosted by Dr. Rachel Toles, renowned Clinical Psychologist and criminal expert who has amassed nearly 200,000 followers on TikTok and first became fascinated with true crime when she witnessed the violent death of a teenage girl. The tour to more than 40 cities will stop in Durham at the Carolina Theatre for one show only on April 10 at 8 pm.  

Tickets are available at the Carolina Theatre box office and the venue’s website, www.carolinatheatre.org.  

The Psychology of Serial Killers is a touring master class into this very dark subject, tackling such questions as what makes a serial killer? What is their motivation to kill and kill again? Why are we so obsessed by them?

Most serial killers live seemingly normal lives among their neighbors while committing unspeakable murders for years before being apprehended. Attendees will get chilling insights into these deviant minds, their motivations and warped view of the world. As Dr. Toles explores the actual neurological brain activity and psychology behind those who desire to kill multiple times, she will provide fresh perspectives on headline grabbers like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and John Wayne Gacy. She will also discuss some lesser-known, yet equally fascinating serial killers. 

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for audience members to participate in a live Q&A session with Dr. Toles. 

The Psychology of Serial Killers is not a typical lecture series; it pairs my deep understanding of human psychology with infamous and misunderstood cases, ultimately providing new insights and perspectives to the phenomenon of serial homicide. Humans seek to reveal the ‘why’ in order to unlock the mysteries behind this unnerving topic,” says Dr. Toles. “Audiences will leave the theater with a greater understanding of how these criminals develop and what drives them to do what they do. We’ll simultaneously learn something about ourselves, and why we are so fascinated by the likes of Dahmer, Gacy, Bundy, and others.”

Don’t miss The Psychology of Serial Killers at the Carolina Theatre on April 10. 




About The Carolina Theatre of Durham: 

Carolina Theatre of Durham is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. The Carolina Theatre of Durham is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. Visit carolinatheatre.org for more information. 



As a young girl, Dr. Toles witnessed the violent death of a teenage girl which began her fascination with true crime. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and criminal expert who has dedicated herself to understanding the motivations, behaviors and patterns of dangerous criminals, particularly serial killers, for over a decade. She aims to bring deeper insight to the topic of true crime and works to debunk myths and answer questions surrounding serial killers and criminal psychology. Her goal is to raise public awareness and promote safety in the face of society’s most disturbing individuals.

Beyond her clinical practice, Dr. Toles utilizes her extensive criminal forensic expertise and psychological evaluation skills to serve as an expert witness in the courtroom to help bring justice and understanding to legal proceedings. Dr. Toles has also worked intimately with female murderers and inmates who suffer from acute mental illnesses under the supervision of Dr. Michael Maloney, who served as a forensic psychologist in the Menendez Brothers case.

Dr. Toles is in high demand as a lecturer and speaker, sharing her knowledge on profiling and understanding the minds of serial offenders. Currently, Dr. Toles is working on a thought-provoking book that challenges our perception of “evil” and encourages us to reconsider our understanding of this concept. 


Carolina Theatre of Durham Media Contact:

Jordan Hewitt Beard
Senior Director of Marketing, Carolina Theatre of Durham
(919) 560-3040 | jordan@carolinatheatre.org