Charleston Psychologist to Appear on Investigation Discovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston Psychologist will be featured this fall on the new Investigation Discovery series "Evil Kin."

Dr. David Clayman of Clayman & Associates, PLLC will appear on three episodes airing nationally September 4, September 18 and October 9.

Each episode of "Evil Kin" focuses on one family's murderous story and is interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts as well as first-person accounts from actual family members and family friends, according to a news release.

One of the three episodes will feature the Mallo family from Charleston.

Thomas Mallo, who was just 14, stabbed his elderly neighbor, Phyllis Phares more than 35 times in 2010. He is currently serving a 40 year prison sentence. Just this week, his sentence was extended an additional 10 years after he tried to escape from a juvenile correctional facility and assaulted an officer.

“I was referred to the show by Lt. Steve Cooper, Chief Detective of the Charleston Police Department,” explains Dr. David Clayman. “They flew me out to D.C. to film, and what started out as one episode, quickly turned into three. Each case presented unique circumstances of which they provided to me background materials and then conducted interviews of up to three hours. It was a challenge and an honor. After nearly 35 years of working with the courts assessing criminals including several hundred murders, the complexities of human nature and what spurs evil continues to be a mystery. Simply, there are bad people who do evil things.”

The Mallo case be featured during the September 18 episode.

“He was asked to provide expert opinion on cases from across the country, and it’s no wonder,” explained Dr. Steven Cody, Immediate Past President of the West Virginia Psychological Association (WVPA). “We are lucky to have such a resource of experience and knowledge right here in our area. The WVPA is proud to have Dr. Clayman represent our state and our industry on a national level.”

"Evil Kin" will air at 9 p.m. Check local listings for channel information.


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