Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

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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
... provided insight i wouldnt get elsewhere - Goodreads

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Interesting and well written book. The book was horrifying at times, but this was expected due to the subject. The author gives some reasonable advice to readers to avoid becoming future victims, which is nice, although thankfully this would be a very rare happening. Read full review

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couldve been worded better. very in depth and descriptive. provided insight i wouldnt get elsewhere Read full review

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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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