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Overview

Continuing in the same well-written and accessible style as the previous editions, this text systematically examines the strange phenomenon of serial murder. Exploring the different types of serial killers, the authors present a clear image of the typology, behavioral patterns, and motivation of the various types of serial killers.

New to This Edition

  • Differentiation between Mass, Spree and Serial Murder Theories
  • Two new chapters: Serial Killers Around the World and Serial Killers in the Health Care Professions
  • Updated references, boxes, photos and features, including brief profiles of serial killers, serial killer nicknames, etc.
  • Discussion of recent and high profile serial killers, and the typologies that apply to them
  • New end-of-chapter pedagogy for improved student comprehension and retention
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After three introductory chapters on serial murder in America and biological, psychological, and sociological theories of its causes, the authors profile the motives and behavior patterns of six different types of serial killers, which they respectively label as the visionary, mission, hedonistic lust, hedonistic thrill, hedonistic comfort, power/control serial killers. Also included are chapters on women murderers, victims and the problems and solutions in a serial murder investigation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761913672
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Murder Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald M. Holmes is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them Profiling Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, and Serial Murder. He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.

is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them and He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.

Stephen T. Holmes is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Prior to this position, he was a social science analyst for the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. He has authored 6 books and more than 15 articles dealing with policing, drug testing, probation and parole issues, and violent crime. He received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

1 What Is Serial Murder? 1

2 Mass Murder and Spree Murder: Two Types of Multicides 15

3 Serial Murder 39

4 Theories of Serial Murder 53

5 The Visionary Serial Killer 73

6 The Mission Serial Killer 91

7 The Hedonistic Serial Murderer: The Lust Killer 107

8 The Hedonistic Serial Murderer: The Thrill Killer 123

9 The Hedonistic Serial Killer: Comfort Type 139

10 The Power/Control Serial Killer 153

11 Female Serial Killers 171

12 Serial Killers in Foreign Countries 185

13 Health Care Professionals and Serial Murder 203

14 The Victims of Serial Killers 215

15 Problems and Solutions in Serial Murder Investigations 231

References 243

Index 261

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