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Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder / Edition 2
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Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder / Edition 2

by James Alan Fox, Jack Levin
 

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ISBN-10: 1412980313

ISBN-13: 9781412980319

Pub. Date: 03/15/2011

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fully updated Second Edition illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty. Throughout the book, renowned experts James Alan Fox and Jack Levin examine the theories of criminal behavior and apply them to a multitude of well-known and lesser-known multiple homicide cases

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Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fully updated Second Edition illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty. Throughout the book, renowned experts James Alan Fox and Jack Levin examine the theories of criminal behavior and apply them to a multitude of well-known and lesser-known multiple homicide cases from around the world. The book shows readers the commonalities and variations among multiple murders; addresses the characteristics of both killers and their victims; and, in the concluding chapter, discusses the special concerns of multiple murder victims and their survivors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412980319
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
PART I. Multiple Murder
1. America's Fascination With Multiple Homicide
The Gein Legacy
Multiple Murder in Popular Culture
The Selling of Multiple Murder
Craving Attention
Killer Communication
Killer Groupies
The Impact of Celebrating Murderers
Sensitize, Not Sanitize
2. Defining Multiple Murder
Mass, Serial, and Spree
A Typology of Multiple Murder
PART II. Serial Murder
3. An Anatomy of Serial Murder
Prevalence of Serial Murder
Extraordinarily Ordinary
A Profile of the Typical Serial Killer
4. With Deliberation and Purpose
When Killing Is Thrilling
On a Deadly Mission of Terror or Revenge
Killing for Expediency
For Love and Loyalty
5. Murder Without Guilt
Self-Control and Social Control
The Sociopathic Personality
The Culture of Sociopathy
Empathy and Serial Killers
Borderline Personality Disorder
Normalcy in Serial Murder
Rehumanizing the Victims
6. Partners in Murder
Insanity in the Relationship
Partners for Profit
Partnerships of Men and Women
7. Killing for Company
Placing the Blame
Killing for Companionship
The Functions of Cannibalism
Desire for Total Control and Ownership
8. Fantasyland
Keeping Souvenirs
Normal and Abnormal Fantasies
The Impact of Pornography
9. The Making of a Serial Killer
Childhood Suffering
Testimony Under Hypnosis
Child Abuse and Murder
Inordinate Need for Power
Animal Cruelty and Violence Against Humans
Challenges of Predicting Serial Murder
Biological Predisposition
Blaming the Family
10. Nonsexual Control
Power Over Patients
Female Serial Killers
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
11. Killing Cults
Killing for a Cause
The Appeal of Dangerous Cults
Suicide or Homicide?
Satanism and Serial Murder
12. So Many Victims
Vulnerable Victims Preferred
Catching the Serial Killer
Behavioral Profiling
Reducing Linkage Blindness
Lucky Breaks
PART III. Massacres
13. For Love, Money or Revenge
Relative Obscurity
A Profile of Mass Killers
Selective and Methodical
When Love Kills
Sweet Revenge
Profiting From Mass Murder
Explaining Mass Murder
The Great Equalizer
Contributing Factors
14. Family Annihilation
A Profile of the Family Annihilator
Impact of Unemployment
Murdering Moms
The Defiant Son
15. Firing Back
Profile of the Workplace Avenger
The Impact of Frustration
Mixed Motives
Workplace Murder by Proxy
Romantic Obsession
Externalizing Responsibility
Social Isolation
Screening Out Problem Workers
Going Postal
16. Schooled in Mass Murder
Student Massacres
On to College
Shooting for Infamy
Overstating the Copycat Effect
17. Fighting City Hall
Attacking the System
Legal Battles
Filing a Grievance
Increasing Alienation
18. Hate-Motivated Mass Murder
Choice of Victims
A Life of Frustration
Blaming Women
The Killer as Victim
Settling a Grudge With a Gun
Minority Against Majority
19. Going Berserk
Paranoid Thinking
Confused State of Mind
Long-Standing Mental Illness
Civilian Battlefields
Brain Abnormalities
Deadly Weapons
PART IV. Epilogue
20. Remembering the Victims
References
Credits and Sources
Index
About the Authors

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