The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder / Edition 1

The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder / Edition 1

by James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, Jack Levin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205314171

ISBN-13: 9780205314171

Pub. Date: 07/27/2000

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Do you recognize these names: Susan Smith, Theodore Kaczynski, Erik and Lyle Menendez, Andrew Cunanan, Buford Furrow, Louise Woodward, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold? They are all high-profile killers who have committed unspeakable horrors that Americans struggle to understand. Criminologists James Alan Fox and Jack Levin, renowned for their work in serial killing and

Overview

Do you recognize these names: Susan Smith, Theodore Kaczynski, Erik and Lyle Menendez, Andrew Cunanan, Buford Furrow, Louise Woodward, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold? They are all high-profile killers who have committed unspeakable horrors that Americans struggle to understand. Criminologists James Alan Fox and Jack Levin, renowned for their work in serial killing and mass murder, now expand their analytic eye to a wider range of senseless atrocities -- to these infamous murderers of our day and dozens more. In The Will to Kill, Fox and Levin help to make sense of some of the most horrific and extraordinary acts of family annihilation, juvenile killing, workplace massacre, serial murder, hate homicide, and cult-killing, combining hard facts and sound reasoning to develop their profiles and explanations. Though unusual even in the field of homicide, these bizarre forms of mayhem are vitally important for social scientists and informed citizens to understand, precisely because of the inordinate attention they receive. As the authors point out, "These are, after all, the murder cases that have typically made the headlines and the eleven o'clock news; they are the examples that politicians refer to when they seek to change some aspect of criminal law or to secure funding for programs and policies to reduce violence. These are also the murder cases on which public opinion about homicide is often based."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205314171
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
07/27/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,271,225
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
About the Authorsxiii
1The Lure and the Law of Homicide1
Fascination with Murder1
Homicide Law3
Murder4
Manslaughter5
Defenses to Criminal Homicide7
Homicide Law in Practice9
2Explaining Murder13
The Devil Made Me Do It13
Back to the Classics14
Using Science to Explain Violence15
Biology Then and Now16
Psychological Causes of Violence19
The Social Sources of Murder24
Strain, Frustration, and Murder25
Cultural Deviance28
Learning to Kill29
Self-Control, Social Control, and Murder31
A Word of Caution about Cause32
3The Killers and Their Victims39
Race Differences43
Gender Differences46
Age Differences49
Differences by Location53
4Intimate and Family Murder61
Killing for Profit62
Obsession and Jealousy63
Power, Control, and Abuse64
Family Annihilation69
Infanticide70
Killing for Love?73
5The Coming and Going of the Young Superpredators77
The Epidemic of Youth Homicide77
Explaining the 1990s Decline82
Selling Evil86
Looking Ahead89
6Well-Schooled in Murder93
Blaming Parents93
Copycat Shootings94
Explaining School Massacres96
Responses to School Shootings98
Healthy and Safe Schools102
7Serial Killers105
A Profile of Serial Killers107
The Murdering Mind111
Childhood Origins114
Victim Selection117
8Medical Murder119
Counting Medical Murders120
Motives and Types of Medical Murderers121
Administrative Facilitators126
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy127
Prevention and Intervention128
9Rampage131
Methodical and Selective131
Losses and Frustrations134
Profile of the Workplace Avenger136
Murderous Customers and Clients140
10Hate Homicides143
Characteristics of Hate Murders143
Types of Hate Homicide146
Organized Hate Groups149
Current State of Hate Crime Laws150
11Murderous Terror153
Hate Homicide and Domestic Terrorism153
International Terrorism154
Homegrown Terrorism155
Left-Wing vs. Right-Wing Terrorists157
The Impact of Murderous Terror160
12Cult Killings163
Dangerous Cults164
The Appeal of Cults165
Charismatic Leaders and Their Followers166
Needs Filled by Cults168
Normal People in Abnormal Situations170
Suicide or Homicide?171
13Catching Killers175
Science of the Lambs176
Clearance Rates179
VICAP and Profiling183
Sightings and Visions187
Working a Homicide in the Media Spotlight189
14Getting Away with Murder, or Not193
The Insanity Defense193
Justice for Juveniles199
Capital Punishment203
Epidemic Thinking and Over-Response210
Suggested Readings215
A Note about Data Sources217
Index219

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