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Labeled as the crime of the 1990’s, serial murder is predicted to remain the crime of the first decades of the new millennium. This book brings together the perspectives of acknowledged experts in the field along with those of emerging authorities on serial murder. The chapters offer a unique look at these crimes from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Accessibly written, this compelling volume includes information on minorities and serial killing, as well the manner in which serial killers are traced and tracked.

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This reader for serious students of serial murder collects 16 new and previously published academic articles on the phenomenon. Topics include the etiology of serial murder, victim selection, female serial killers, African-American murderers who prey on black victims, psychological profiling, types and methods of stalking, and future trends in the tracing and tracking of serial killers. The editors include an anonymous serial killer's detailed description of his own psychology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761914204
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/24/1998
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Ronald M. Holmes is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them Profiling Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, and Serial Murder. He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.

is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them and He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.

Stephen T. Holmes is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Prior to this position, he was a social science analyst for the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. He has authored 6 books and more than 15 articles dealing with policing, drug testing, probation and parole issues, and violent crime. He received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: WHAT IS SERIAL MURDER? THE CHARACTER AND THE EXTENT
Profiles in Terror - R Holmes and J DeBurger
The Serial Murderer
African-Americans and Serial Homicide - P Jenkins
The Female Serial Killer - R Hale and A Bolin
Female Serial Murderesses - S Holmes, E Hickey and R Holmes
The Unnoticed Terror
PART TWO: THE MIND OF THE SERIAL KILLER
Introduction
The Application of Learning Theory to Serial Murder or 'You Too Can Learn to Be a Serial Killer' - R Hale
The Divided Self - A Carlisle
Toward an Understanding of the Dark Side of the Serial Killer
Sequential Predation - R Holmes
Elements of Serial Fatal Victimization
Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer - R Holmes, J DeBurger and S Holmes
A Serial Killer's Perspective - Anonymous
PART THREE: INVESTIGATING SERIAL MURDER CASES
Stalking in America - R Holmes
Types and Methods of Criminal Stalkers
Profiling the Clairemont Serial Murder Case - J Davis
A Collaborative Investigative Effort
Psychological Profiling - R Holmes
Uses in Serial Murder Cases
Cold Case Squad - D Rivers
PART FOUR: FUTURE TRENDS IN SERIAL MURDER INVESTIGATION AND RESEARCH
Introduction
A Methodological Model - K Rossmo
Serial Murder Investigation - T O'Reilly-Fleming
Prospects for Police Networking
Selected Problems in Serial Murder Investigations - R Holmes and S Holmes
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