Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 5, 2004 - True Crime - 432 pages
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In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as "the serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River Killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky's one-of-a-kind books covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon.


  

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Interesting insight into a lot of different killers. - Goodreads
Good insight into both FBI profiling methodology. - Goodreads
A great reference book on the subject. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Julian Meanchoff - Goodreads

Good reference but hard to read and not written that interestingly. The last chapter about "how to avoid a serial killer" is incredibly silly. Read full review

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User Review  - Chantel Hall - Goodreads

This was a really interesting read. Fair warning thought, it is fairly graphic. There are descriptions of murders and sexual crimes and it is pretty intense in some places. But if you can stomach it, it's a fascinating look at serial killers. And there's a chapter on how to escape them! Read full review

Contents

A HISTORY OF MONSTERS
1
The Postmodern Age of Serial Homicide 19702000
3
A Brief History of Serial Homicide
42
THE METHOD AND MADNESS
97
Classifying Serial Killers
99
The Evolution of Monstrosity
147
Question of Madness
241
Serial Killers As Children
269
The Killing Times
303
FIGHTING MONSTERS
319
The Art and Science of Criminal Profiling
321
Surviving a Serial Killer
364
Acknowledgments
385
Endnotes
386
Selected Sources
395
Index
400

The Serial Murderers First Kill
286

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About the author (2004)

Peter Vronsky is an investigative journalist and a producer of documentary films for television. His work has appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, CNN, and various international channels. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the history of criminal justice and security-intelligence at the University of Toronto.

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