Contemporary Perspectives on Serial Murder

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Overview

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

Preface
Pt. I What Is Serial Murder? The Character and the Extent
1 Profiles in Terror: The Serial Murderer 5
2 African-Americans and Serial Homicide 17
3 The Female Serial Killer 33
4 Female Serial Murderesses: The Unnoticed Terror 59
Pt. II The Mind of the Serial Killer
5 The Application of Learning Theory to Serial Murder, or "You Too Can Learn to Be a Serial Killer" 75
6 The Divided Self: Toward an Understanding of the Dark Side of the Serial Killer 85
7 Sequential Predation: Elements of Serial Fatal Victimization 101
8 Inside the Mind of the Serial Murderer 113
9 A Serial Killer's Perspective 123
Pt. III Investigating Serial Murder Cases
10 Stalking in America: Types and Methods of Criminal Stalkers 137
11 Profiling the Clairemont Serial Murder Case: A Collaborative Investigative Effort 149
12 Psychological Profiling: Uses in Serial Murder Cases 173
13 Cold Case Squad 187
Pt. IV Future Trends in Serial Murder Investigation and Research
14 A Methodological Model 199
15 Serial Murder Investigation: Prospects for Police Networking 218
16 Selected Problems in Serial Murder Investigations 227
Index 235
About the Editors 243
About the Contributors 244
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