Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murder

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In this new edition of his landmark 1986 study, pioneering anthropologist Elliott Leyton examines the psyche and motivations of his six original multiple-murderer subjects and now takes stock of how far we've come since then in our understanding of why people commit gruesome assaults on innocent strangers. This case-study approach—based on years of immersion in the killers' diaries, confessions, psychiatric interviews, statements to the press, videotapes, and photographs— led the way in defining serial and mass ...
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Overview


In this new edition of his landmark 1986 study, pioneering anthropologist Elliott Leyton examines the psyche and motivations of his six original multiple-murderer subjects and now takes stock of how far we've come since then in our understanding of why people commit gruesome assaults on innocent strangers. This case-study approach—based on years of immersion in the killers' diaries, confessions, psychiatric interviews, statements to the press, videotapes, and photographs— led the way in defining serial and mass murders not as the acts of alien creatures with deranged minds but rather as personalized protests by alienated men against the society that they believe has excluded them. Leyton also provides an analysis of the Washington, D.C. sniper case. While uncovering the central themes of modern culture that motivated their deeds, Leyton provides vivid and chilling portraits of Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy, Albert DeSalvo, and David Berkowitz, serial murderers whose prolonged killing campaigns provided them revenge against the world and celebrity careers; and other mass murderers whose brief but horrific murder sprees constituted their own enigmatic suicide notes. The author shows that the motives of multiple murderers are not simply sexual or psychotic; but rise from the very core of American mass culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786712281
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2003
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 406
  • Sales rank: 849,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2003 edition 1
1 The Great Multiple Murder Panic 5
The Panic 5
The D.C. Snipers 12
Insanity and Multiple Murder 24
Murder for Its Own Sake 28
The Mass Media and Multiple Murder 36
A Warning 40
2 The Modern Serial Murderer 43
Data: The Lost "Diary" of the "Vampire of Silesia" 43
Theory: Overview of Serial Murder 53
3 A Demonstration to the Authorities 60
Edmund Emil Kemper III 60
4 Owning a Female Person 101
Theodore Robert Bundy 101
The Killing Time 103
Bundy and Psychology 110
Public Pronouncements 116
The Demystification of Ted Bundy 127
The Thief in the Night 138
5 Putting Something Over on High-Class People 144
Albert DeSalvo 144
The Killing Time 146
The Explaining Time 156
Encounter with Psychiatry 176
An Interpretation 179
6 The Demons Were Turning Me into a Soldier 186
David Richard Berkowitz 186
The Killing Time 187
The Confessions 196
Encounter with Psychiatry 206
The Metamorphoses of a Serial Murderer 215
The Synthesis 222
7 The Modern Mass Murderer 228
Motives 228
Data: Love Spurned 231
Theory: Typologies 243
8 Hate White People - Beast of the Earth 245
Mark James Robert Essex 245
Kill Pig Devil 246
A Curiously Happy Childhood 255
The Manufacture of Despair 259
The Creation of an Ideologue 266
The Authorities Respond 273
Internment 277
9 Dead People Are All on the Same Level 280
Charles Starkweather 280
The Killing Time 280
The Killer as Autobiographer 291
The Ideological Authorities 306
Buried Alive 311
10 A Historical Overview 320
The Literature 324
The Historical Metamorphoses 331
The Modern Era 350
Justice and the Death Penalty 362
Reducing Violence 365
The Integration of Theory 367
Notes 369
References 385
Acknowledgments 393
Index 397
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