Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder / Edition 1

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Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder provides a comprehensive, fascinating overview of multiple homicide, including both serial and mass murder. Adopting a unified conceptual framework for understanding these divergent forms of extreme killing, this book illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty using contemporary and classic case studies in multiple murder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761988571
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, has written 18 books, including Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College. He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and writes the “Crime and Punishment” blog for The Boston Globe. In addition to giving keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court, Fox has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He was awarded the 2007 Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty and the 2008 Klein Lectureship by Northeastern University.

Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 31 books, including Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers—Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books and more than 150 columns in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Sunday London Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crime and Delinquency from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Table of Contents

1 America's fascination with multiple homicide 3
2 Defining multiple murder 15
3 An anatomy of serial murder 29
4 With deliberation and purpose 42
5 Murder without guilt 56
6 Partners in murder 72
7 Killing for company 82
8 Fantasyland 90
9 The making of a serial killer 99
10 Nonsexual control 114
11 Killing cults 123
12 So many victims 137
13 For love, money, or revenge 155
14 Family annihilation 172
15 Firing back 186
16 Copycat killings 202
17 Fighting city hall 217
18 Hate-motivated mass murder 227
19 Going berserk 240
20 Remembering the victims 257
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