Serial Killers

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Through extensive research and interviews with five notorious serial killers, author Joel Norris demonstrates that serial killers have specific biological and genetic makeups that can be identified as early as five years of age.  A compelling read for both the curious layman and the concerned professional.

The F.B.I. has estimated that there may be as many as 500 serial killers at large in this country, yet until now no one has made such a bold challenge ...

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Overview

Through extensive research and interviews with five notorious serial killers, author Joel Norris demonstrates that serial killers have specific biological and genetic makeups that can be identified as early as five years of age.  A compelling read for both the curious layman and the concerned professional.

The F.B.I. has estimated that there may be as many as 500 serial killers at large in this country, yet until now no one has made such a bold challenge to existing theories about the nature of the phenomenon. Norris also provides remedies to control its growth.

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Norris here interviews a number of killers and, citing studies suggesting that violence is a disease requiring medical intervention, ``calls for further research into the biological, psychological and social influences on serial murderers. He argues that the legal definition of insanity is inaccurate and that sociopathic multiple killers should be medically diagnosed and treated,'' observed PW. Photos. Aug.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385263283
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 524,862
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    A little on the inaccurate side...

    Joel Norris is a bit of an infamous figure among true crime buffs. The man was an experienced clinician, but his research skills left a lot to be desired. Serial Killers is a great intro to the world of psychopaths; it's well written and gives a good general overview of several famous murderers. It was actually the first book I ever read on the subject. Unfortunately, because Norris has a habit of reporting half-truths and myths as real events, first-time readers are done a disservice. The chapter on Charles Manson (who isn't even a serial killer), for example, is riddled with inaccuracies. Norris obviously had the experience when it came to diagnosing the psychopathology of his subjects, but when it came down to actual research, he was a bit lacking. His other books have the same problem. Don't let that turn you off to Norris' work, though. He was a smart man, and his experience counted most where it was needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME

    Although this book was written many years ago, it remains a great read to this day. The ideas of causation of serial homicide that Mr. Norris described were unheard of back then. Only recently have others in the field joined his way of thinking. His point of view on the subject matter really helped solidify my own views. It is unfortunate that Mr. Norris has since passed away, if only he was still around now to see others work with many of his original theories to expand our learning in this vast understudied area of human behavior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    A Great Study

    While it might be slightly technical at times, Norris' book is well-written and vastly informative. I have studied serial killers for the past twenty years, beginning with Jack the Ripper. Norris presents a new understanding of the mind of a serial killer and, I believe, helps the reader better understand the events than can lead to what he terms a 'sickness.' If his theories are true--and I believe they are--then the legal system is going to need to take a more thorough look at these people as they are brought into the judicial system. Norris also makes a very good case for 'early' detection which might well help these men and women before they become killers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Getting to the Bottom of it

    This book was fascinating. From the scientific approach of what makes, brakes, and molds a serial killer this book has it all. Not only does it prove it's point but it has interviews from some of the most infamous of serial killers, as well as several psychologists and crimonologists points of views. At times the content was a bit hard to swallow but at the same time it detailed every aspect of a serial killer. It answered most of my questions and made me want to learn more. The only draw back was that it didn't explain some of the scientific jargon which made it difficult to understand the process of psychobiology. I thoroughly enjoyed it though.

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