Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder / Edition 1

Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder / Edition 1

by Jack Levin, Jack Levin, James Alan Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761988572

ISBN-13: 9780761988571

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fascinating overview of both serial and mass murder 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 mass and serial murderers from

Overview

Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fascinating overview of both serial and mass murder 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 mass and serial murderers from around the world, such as Adam Lanza (Newtown, CT), James Holmes (Aurora, CO cinema), Anders Breivik (Oslo, Norway), Charles Manson (“Helter Skelter”), and Dennis Rader (BTK). This fully updated Third Edition of Extreme Killing helps readers understand 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:
9780761988571
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Multiple Murder
Chapter 1: America’s Fascination With Multiple Murder
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
Chapter 2: Defining Multiple Murder
Mass, Serial, and Spree
A Typology of Multiple Murder
Theories of Multiple Homicide
Social Learning Theory
Routine Activity Theory
Control Theory
Applying the Framework
Part II: Serial Murder
Chapter 3: An Anatomy of Serial Murder
Prevalence of Serial Murder
Extraordinarily Ordinary
A Profile of the Typical Serial Killer
Chapter 4: With Deliberation and Purpose
When Killing is Thrilling
On a Deadly Mission of Terror or Revenge
Killing for Expediency
For Love and Loyalty
Chapter 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
Chapter 6: Partners in Murder
Insanity in the Relationship
Partners for Profit
Partnerships of Men and Women
Chapter 7: Killing for Company
Placing the Blame
Killing for Companionship
The Functions of Cannibalism
Desire for Total Control and Ownership
Chapter 8: Fantasyland
Keeping Souvenirs
Normal and Abnormal Fantasies
The Impact of Pornography
Chapter 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
Chapter 10: Nonsexual Control
Power over Patients
Female Serial Killers
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Chapter 11: Killing Cults
Killing for a Cause
The Appeal of Dangerous Cults
Suicide or Homicide?
Satanism and Serial Murder
Chapter 12: So Many Victims
Vulnerable Victims Preferred
Catching the Serial Killer
Behavioral Profiling
VICAP
DNA
Lucky Breaks
Part III: Massacres
Chapter 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
Contributing Factors
Chapter 14: Family Annihilation
A Profile of the Family Annihilator
Impact off Unemployment
Murdering Moms
The Defiant Son
Chapter 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
Chapter 16: Schooled in Mass Murder
Disgruntled Students
A Global Perspective
On to College
The Role of Violent Video Games
Shooting for Infamy
Shooting for Infamy
Adult Copycats
Overstating the Copycat Effect?
Chapter 17: Fighting City Hall
Attacking the System
Legal Battles
Filing a Grievance
Increasing Alienation
Chapter 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
Chapter 19: Going Berserk
Paranoid Thinking
Confused State of Mind
Long-Standing Mental Illness
Civilian Battlefields
Brain Abnormalities
Deadly Weapons
Chapter 20: Weapons of Mass (Murder) Destruction
Mass Shootings and Gun Legislation
School Shootings and Political Will/Won’t
The Assault Weapon Debate
Expanded Background Checks
Concealed Carry
Armed Faculty and School Security
A Final Word
Part IV: Epilogue
Chapter 21: Remembering The Victims

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