Lust, power, madness and money drive us all in our daily lives, but however much these things arouse hostility towards others, we know the difference between right and wrong, and most of us don’t act on our impulses. Most of us know when to stop. Most of us. But, there are an alarming number of people that we mix with every day, in the street, at work, even at home, who do not share our moral code, who are certifiable psychopaths and lack empathy and remorse. Mix this cold-heartedness and disconnection from the rest of society in with the pressures and urges of everyday life, and you have a time-bomb primed to go off. You have the makings of a serial killer. Jack the Ripper is without doubt the most famous of all serial killers, immortalised in literature, and on stage and screen, yet, this notorious multiple murderer was responsible for killing surprisingly few people, compared to, say, Blue Beard or La Bestia who between them could have killed over a thousand victims. From the earliest recorded accounts right up to the modern day and using shocking first-hand evidence, Serial Killers delves into the horrific psychology of multiple murder, to expose to you, the mind of the serial killer.
About the Author
JF Derry used to be a conservation ecologist mainly working in British and African universities while publishing numerous articles, but has also written non-academic works of non-fiction, including his most recent book about Charles Darwin and evolution called Darwin in Scotland, as well as an ever-increasing number of short stories and poems. He has also written for newspapers, governments, and various music labels and publishers. He lives in Edinburgh, with his partner and their two daughters.