Serial Murderers and their Victims, 5th Edition / Edition 5

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This text provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. The coverage is supported by extensive data and research, and it profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time. Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of over 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He then describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder, offering his own Trauma-Control model for explaining serial murder behavior.

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Hickey (criminology, California State University, Fresno) profiles numerous serial killers, including the Columbine killers, Josef Mengele, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Jack the Ripper, Ted Kaczynski, and many less well known. He groups them by type (male, female, team killers), and presents the cultural, biological, psychological, social, and global perspectives on their behavior. Though prominently mentioned in the title, only one chapter is dedicated to describing the victims of these crimes. The companion CD-ROM includes the text of this book and several others, allowing electronic access to biographies, photographs, and investigative tools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495600817
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 922,986
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric W. Hickey teaches criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Hickey has appeared on National Public Radio, Larry King Live, 20/20, Good Morning America, Court TV, A&E, and Discovery and Learning Channel documentaries to discuss his research on sexual predators, murderers, and serial killers. He also has served as a consultant to the UNABOMB Task Force and the American Prosecutors' Research Institute, and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. He conducts seminars for agencies involving profiling and investigating sex crimes, arson, robbery, homicide, stalking, workplace violence, and terrorism.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Phenomenon of Serial Murder. 2. Cultural Development of Monsters, Demons, and Evil. 3. Psycho-Genetics of Serial Murderers. 4. Social Construction of Serial Murder. 5. Sexual Predators, Paraphilia &Murder. 6. Healthcare Killers. 7. The Male Serial Murderer. 8. Team Killers. 9. The Female Serial Murderer. 10. Victims. 11. Serial Murder from a Global Perspective. 12. Interviewing Serial Murderers. 13. Profiling, Apprehension, and Disposition of Serial Killers.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    I loved it!!!

    I read this book for a book report and found it shocking and compelling. I loved how Eric narrated this book. It was amazing and comprehensive and it is for anyone interested in pursuing criminal justice as a career. This would be a great tool for college students in the criminal justice field, as well as people already working in law enforcement. This would be a book for upper grade high schoolers, and possibly even some mature lower grade high schoolers and junior high folks, to see if a professional in criminal justice and law enforcement would be one for them. This is a great text for college students as well.
    I got it as a gift from my Uncle who is a police officer. ^^

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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