Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder

Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder

by Joseph Fisher

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What effects does the presence of a serial killer have on the collective health of a community? What strategies do people adopt to manage the fear and anxiety that accompany news of a serial killer's predations? And why do citizens and the media respond as they do to serial killers, who usually account for only a small portion of the homicides in the communities in which they are active? Killer Among Us examines serial murder from this fresh perspective: an exploration of the ways people react when a killer is at large in their community. Drawing on 19th-century tabloid accounts of the predations of Jack the Ripper and on 20th-century media coverage of such villains as The Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer, the author constructs vivid and provocative retellings of many of the most infamous cases of serial murder.

In 1973, teenage girls began disappearing from Folly Beach, a small town on a barrier island in South Carolina. Initially thought by police to be a spate of runaways, the real story emerged when a police officer on patrol heard a cry for help and found three girls bound and gagged in an abandoned beach cottage. Further investigation turned up bodies buried in the dunes nearby. The police reacted quickly and closed off the only bridge to the mainland, thereby trapping the townspeople with the certain knowledge that one among them was a serial killer. Everyone became a suspect, as neighbor turned against neighbor in an atmosphere of rapidly growing hysteria.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163131488
Publisher: Angler Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 957,918
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Joe Fisher holds a doctorate in Sociology (Tufts University) and a Master of Public Health degree (Harvard University). For more than two decades, he was owner of a market research company, Interdata, Inc., that specialized in marketing investment analysis for Fortune 500 clients in the pharmaceutical, automotive, financial services and alcohol industries to name a few. Subsequently he was active in public health research focusing on HIV transmission in East Africa and media effects on adolescent drinking behavior.

After successful careers in market research and public health policy consulting Joe now writes full time from his home base in Sanibel Island, Fl. Like his career, his writing has been varied and wide ranging from academic and business books and papers to trade works on such diverse topics as serial murder and the medical, spiritual and psychology aspects of recover from a near death experience. His most recent effort takes him into the world of illustrated children's fiction.

His work has earned praise from Kirkus reviewers, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, The Miami Herald and the New England Journal of Medicine among others.

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