Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder / Edition 2

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412980319
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,149,550
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (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

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
Credits and Sources
About the Authors
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