Serial Murderers and their Victims

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Cengage Learning, Apr 9, 2013 - Education - 512 pages
This text provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. Featuring coverage supported by extensive data and research, the book profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time, addressing the highest-profile serial killer type--the sexual predator--as well as a wide variety of other types (male, female, team, healthcare, and serial killers from outside the U.S.). Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of over 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder and discusses profiling and other law enforcement issues related to the apprehension and disposition of serial killers.
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I recently had this book (10th edition) in my Deviance and Violence class CJ266 Purdue. The book is in itself a series of attacks on the senses when you read the descriptions of certain types of serial murderers. A family that lived undiscovered in a cave hunted humans for food and had the available ocean for food and game to hunt yet consumed salt cured limbs and inbred to a number around 20 as I recall. Another chapter dives into the killers collective traits worldwide and how they differ from a geographical region and/or different (foreign) culture in how they select/hunt/choose their victims. Victim typology is explained very well and over all Hickey is an author that articulates the science of serial homicide investigations without making anything complicated for the reader. While this book will sell more copies to the "fans" and thrill seekers because not everyone can be in college at the same time, the students reading this book and applying course materials and exercises will learn things they did not know. I learned many new things about homicide in general and I am a 25 year veteran investigator. It was a great choice by Purdue U for the course and the facts in the material are useful beyond serial homicide studies. Best read since John Douglas' work in the 90s. 

Contents

Introduction
1
Cultural Development of Monsters Demons and Evil
44
Psychopathology and Biogenics of Serial Murderers
64
Social Construction of Serial Murder
106
Sexual Predators Paraphilia and Murder
146
Healthcare Killers
201
The Male Serial Murderer
216
Team Killers
261
The Female Serial Murderer
287
Victims
312
Serial Murder from a Global Perspective
353
Responding to Serial Killers
393
References
447
Index
467
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