Serial Killers: The Insatiable Passion

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David Lester
Charles Press, 1995 - Psychology - 196 pages
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This bestselling book has become a staple of every serious true crime book collector's library. One of the most reliable concise sources of information available about serial killers and their crimes, this book offers a psychological and sociological analysis of this most frightening yet fascinating criminal. Psychologist David Lester, recognized worldwide as a leading authority on death-both in the fields of suicide and homicide-offers a much-needed assessment of whether or not there is a dependable and useable psychological profile of the serial killer. Separating the facts from the myths by combining documented case histories of notable serial killers with behavioral research, Serial Killers: The Insatiable Passion has been welcomed and applauded as an important addition to the literature on serial killers by criminologists, psychologists, sociologists, law enforcement and true crime buffs alike.

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Although this book is dated (over twenty years old now!) it's still a good review of the literature of serial killers and their psychology. (Lester concludes that there just isn't enough data to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Meger - Goodreads

I was trying to write a story about a serial killer. And I've always had a mild fascination with them. Nonetheless, this book fucked my shit up. I fell apart. One bad night. Read full review


Murder in America
Defining Serial Murder
Famous Serial Murderers

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About the author (1995)

David Lester is distinguished professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals, including Omega, Crisis, and Death Studies. He is the author or editor of nearly one hundred books, including Suicide and the Holocaust, Understanding Suicide, and Understanding and Preventing Suicide.

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