The murder of Mollie Tibbetts of Iowa received national attention after the 20 year old had been missing for more than a month. It appears that Mollie had been kidnapped, killed and dumped in a field. The suspect told authorities about events leading up to and after her killing but “blacked out” the actual kidnapping and murder. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Jonathan Sikorski is with the Department of Psychology and says amnesia or blacking out is a possibility.
Dr. Sikorski says, “They are in the realm of possibilities but they are pretty rare. About .2% of the population but it is a pretty common claim after there has been a murder or big tragedy.”
Dr. Sikorski says forensic psychologists will most likely play a role in this investigation as they have techniques where they can get to the bottom of things.