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Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money

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Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money addresses a gap in the existing literature by documenting one dozen of the most notorious perpetrators of commercial serial murder—murderers who kill to secure inheritances and pensions, to sell possessions or even the body itself, or as murderers-for-hire.

In these pages, readers will encounter some of the nation's most infamous and disturbing criminals, including "America's first serial killer," Herman Mudgett; Raymond ...

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Overview

Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money addresses a gap in the existing literature by documenting one dozen of the most notorious perpetrators of commercial serial murder—murderers who kill to secure inheritances and pensions, to sell possessions or even the body itself, or as murderers-for-hire.

In these pages, readers will encounter some of the nation's most infamous and disturbing criminals, including "America's first serial killer," Herman Mudgett; Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, the "Honeymoon Killers;" Los Angeles's "Night Stalker," Richard Ramirez; the "black widow" Blanche Taylor Moore; and Dana Sue Gray, who killed three women for shopping money. Author Dirk Gibson gets to the twisted heart of each case, meticulously detailing the crimes, the victims, the hunt for the killers, the distinctive variations on the motive of "killing for money," and the lessons learned by investigators in each instance. Everyone from professional investigators to true crime aficionados will be riveted by these stunning accounts.

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"Gibson (communication and journalism, U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque), an expert consultant on serial killers, argues for a more comprehensive definition of serial murder that includes profit-motivated murders along with serial homicides committed for other motives. He profiles a dozen cases of seven men and five women who killed for money, and presents data analyzing their traits and backgrounds."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313378904
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,323,834
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Bloody Benders 1

Ch. 2 Dr. H. H. Holmes (Herman Mudgett) 17

Ch. 3 Belle Gunness 35

Ch. 4 Fritz Haarmann 51

Ch. 5 Marie Becker 67

Ch. 6 Boysie Singh 81

Ch. 7 Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck 97

Ch. 8 Blanche Taylor Moore 111

Ch. 9 Richard Ramirez 125

Ch. 10 Bettie Lou Beets 141

Ch. 11 Ray and Faye Copeland 157

Ch. 12 Dana Sue Gray 173

Conclusion 189

Notes 199

Select Bibliography 257

Index 261

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