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

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


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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

About the Authorsxiii
1The Lure and the Law of Homicide1
Fascination with Murder1
Homicide Law3
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
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
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

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