The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder / Edition 2

The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder / Edition 2

by James Alan Fox, Kenna D. Quinet, Jack Levin, Jack Levin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205418805

ISBN-13: 9780205418800

Pub. Date: 06/10/2004

Publisher: Pearson

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…  See more details below

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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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205418800
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
06/10/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The lure and the law of homicide1
2Explaining murder13
3The killers and their victims39
4Intimate and family murder61
5The coming and going of the young superpredators77
6Well-schooled in murder93
7Serial killers105
8Medical murder119
9Rampage131
10Hate homicides143
11Murderous terror153
12Cult killings163
13Catching killers175
14Getting away with murder, or not193

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