Serial Murders

Serial Murders

by Brian Innes
     
 

The systematic killing of a succession of victims, often over a period of many years, is not a modern phenomenon, but it has increased alarmingly over the past 50 years, particularly in the United States. Psychopathic individuals have discovered the pleasure - most frequently sexual - of meaningless murder, and the resultant publicity that their cases often provoke

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The systematic killing of a succession of victims, often over a period of many years, is not a modern phenomenon, but it has increased alarmingly over the past 50 years, particularly in the United States. Psychopathic individuals have discovered the pleasure - most frequently sexual - of meaningless murder, and the resultant publicity that their cases often provoke has caused the FBI to be concerned that a growing number of incidents are 'copy-cat' crimes. "Serial Murders" details several typical cases - historical and recent - from the 15th-century French killer, Gillesde Rais (the original 'Bluebeard'), to Englishman Dr. Harold Shipman. The author investigates the root causes that led to the development of the killers psychopathic personalities - often deprivation and abuse in childhood - and describes the gathering of evidence that eventually led to their identification and arrest. This book covers the following fascinating and gruesome cases: Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London in the 19th century; Peter Kurten, the 'Monster of Dusseldorf'; George Joseph Smith, the English 'brides-in-the-bath' murderer; the Boston Strangler; Ted Bundy; John Wayne Gacy; Charles Manson; and, the Yorkshire Ripper.

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Children's Literature
Within society there are deviants who prey upon their fellow human beings. Driven by a variety of sadistic tendencies, such individuals move through the world in a way that leaves a bloody trail of devastation behind. Often driven by sexual urges that come out in a way that is brutally lethal, these serial murderers send chills down the collective social spine. Men such as Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Wayne Williams, and Henry Lee Lucas all claimed dozens of innocent lives in horrific ways. In Serial Murders Brian Hines presents the story of some of these terrible killers as well as the men and women who strove to apprehend them. This is a very disturbing tale and one that the author does a capable job of detailing. Of particular interest are the sections of this rather dark book that detail the efforts of investigators to profile killers and, once apprehended, to understand their motivations. However, due to the nature of this subject matter, this is a book that is disturbing. Sections of the text that deal with the monstrous behavior of serial murderers and the way in which they dealt with their victims may well be upsetting to readers. Therefore, while this is a well-crafted book, it does present subject matter of a ghastly nature. Descriptions of murder scenes, serial killers' practice of collecting trophies, and ritual habits of these horrible individuals all make this a highly questionable selection for younger readers. 2003, Amber Books, Romaneck

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ISBN-13:
9781590843727
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Crime and Detection Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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