Base Instincts: What Makes Killers Kill?

Base Instincts: What Makes Killers Kill?

by Jonathan H. Pincus

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Base Instincts: What Makes Killers Kill? by Jonathan H. Pincus

An in-depth investigation with groundbreaking conclusions about the physical, psychological, and social factors that culminate in violent behavior.

Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Andrew Cunnanen -- these notorious names shocked the world with horrifying stories of rampant murder and abuse. Neurologist Jonathan Pincus probed into the lives of numerous serial killers and other violent criminals to find out what triggers the violent instinct. Working with forensic psychologist Dorothy Lewis, he investigated their family backgrounds and medical history and discovered that virtually all the murderers themselves suffered severe abuse as children, which permanently damaged their developing brains. In these gripping, terrifying stories, Dr. Pincus finds that violent criminal behavior cannot be solely attributed to genetics -- rather, it is the catastrophic product of a brain that may be born predisposed to violence coupled with an abusive environment. Focusing on these critical factors, how can we identify potentially violent persons from a young age before the damage becomes irrevocable? How can we rehabilitate violent criminals and at the same time safeguard against their committing future crimes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393050226
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan H. Pincus is chief of neurology at the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Washington, D.C., and professor of neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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