The Serial Killer Files

The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

Author: Harold Schechter

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345472007

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

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THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS! Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon. Rigorously researched and packed with the most terrifying, up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers–from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, “trophies” to trading cards. Discover: WHO THEY ARE: Those featured include Ed Gein, the homicidal mama’s boy who inspired fiction’s most famous Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins better known as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a fifteenth-century cave-dwelling clan with an insatiable appetite for human flesh HOW THEY KILL: They shoot, stab, and strangle. Butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and devour . . . and other methods of massacre too many and monstrous to mention here. WHY THEY DO IT: For pleasure and for profit. For celebrity and for “companionship.” For the devil and for dinner. For the thrill of it, for the hell of it, and because “such men are monsters, who live . . . beyond the frontiers of madness.” PLUS: in-depth case studies, classic killers’ nicknames, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much, much more. For more than one hundred profiles of lethal loners and killer couples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats– this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening . . . and fascinating.

Psycho USA

Famous American Killers You Never Heard of

Author: Harold Schechter

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345524470

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 396

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Shares the stories of lesser-known serial killers including "Mad Sculptor" Robert Irwin, "Tell-Tale Heart Killer" Peter Robinson and "Man of Two Lives" Edward H. Ruloff, in an anthology that evaluates their mental statuses, motivations and role in inspiring period literature and tabloids. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Murdering Miss Marple

Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women's Crime Fiction

Author: Julie H. Kim

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786490039

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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"The 10 essays in this collection explore issues of gender and sexuality by women from 1985 to 2011, surveying works about girl sleuths, parodies, hard-boiled detective fiction, police procedurals, and recent serial killer series. This volume demonstrates how popular women writers of the last three decades have reconceptualized what it means to be a female detective"--Provided by publisher.

The Killer Book of Serial Killers

Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Serial Killers

Author: Tom Philbin,Michael Philbin

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402241623

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

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The Killer Book of Serial Killers is the ultimate resource (and gift) for any true crime fan and student of the bizarre world of serial killers. Filled with stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about the world's most notorious murderers, this is the perfect bathroom reader for anyone fascinated with serial killers. The stories and trivia cover such killers as: John Wayne Gacy Ted Bundy The BTK Killer Jack the Ripper The Green River Killer Serial killers around the world And many more Bathroom readers have enjoyed considerable success as a format, selling millions of copies. The Killer Book series brings this format to the rabid true crime audience. Including more than 40 black & white photos, this is a must for true crime fans.

Why We Love Serial Killers

The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers

Author: Scott Bonn

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1632201895

Category: True Crime

Page: 272

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For decades now, serial killers have taken center stage in the news and entertainment media. The coverage of real-life murderers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer has transformed them into ghoulish celebrities. Similarly, the popularity of fictional characters such as Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter or Dexter demonstrates just how eager the public is to be frightened by these human predators. But why is this so? Could it be that some of us have a gruesome fascination with serial killers for the same reasons we might morbidly stare at a catastrophic automobile accident? Or it is something more? In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) and Dennis Rader (“Bind, Torture, Kill”). In addition, Bonn examines the criminal profiling techniques used by law enforcement professionals to identify and apprehend serial predators, he discusses the various behaviors—such as the charisma of the sociopath— that manifest themselves in serial killers, and he explains how and why these killers often become popular cultural figures. Groundbreaking in its approach, Why We Love Serial Killers is a compelling look at how the media, law enforcement agencies, and public perception itself shapes and feeds the “monsters” in our midst.

Critical Thinking 101

Key Concepts for the American Voter

Author: Luis Bernardo Mercado

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468566741

Category: Political Science

Page: 324

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Critical Thinking 101 is meant to assist the American Voter in selecting candidates based on important key information. In the United States of America we have the opportunity to select people to represent us in local, state, and national government. The privilege of voting must be taken seriously since our choices impact nearly every aspect of our life. Therefore, we should to the best of our ability become informed citizens so that we may vote in our best interest to the fullest extent possible. This book explores numerous topics which will enhance the reader’s awareness of the issues and provides a concise range of ideas that will stimulate critical thinking. Also included are several chapters which will present useful information of specific health and daily management issues.

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816069875

Category: True Crime

Page: 515

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The Encyclopaedia of Serial Killers, Second Edition provides accurate information on hundreds of serial murder cases - from early history to the present. Written in a non-sensational manner, this authoritative encyclopaedia debunks many of the myths surrounding this most notorious of criminal activities. New major serial killers have come to light since the first edition was published, and many older cases have been solved (such as the Green River Killer) or further investigated (like Jack the Ripper and the Zodiac Killer). Completely updated entries and appendixes pair with more than 30 new photographs and many new entries to make this new edition more fascinating than ever. New and updated entries include: Axe Man of New Orleans; BTK Strangler; Jack the Ripper; Cuidad Juarez, Mexico; John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Sniper Killers; Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer; and Harold Frederick Shipman.

Space, Place, and Violence

Violence and the Embodied Geographies of Race, Sex and Gender

Author: James A. Tyner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136624627

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Direct, interpersonal violence is a pervasive, yet often mundane feature of our day-to-day lives; paradoxically, violence is both ordinary and extraordinary. Violence, in other words, is often hidden in plain sight. Space, Place, and Violence seeks to uncover that which is too apparent: to critically question both violent geographies and the geographies of violence. With a focus on direct violence, this book situates violent acts within the context of broader political and structural conditions. Violence, it is argued, is both a social and spatial practice. Adopting a geographic perspective, Space, Place, and Violence provides a critical reading of how violence takes place and also produces place. Specifically, four spatial vignettes – home, school, streets, and community – are introduced, designed so that students may think critically how ‘race’, sex, gender, and class inform violent geographies and geographies of violence.

Serial Killers

The Method and Madness of Monsters

Author: Peter Vronsky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101204627

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

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A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers. 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 on 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. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer but also makes concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one—from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. 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 book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Serial Killers & Mass Murderers

Profiles of the World's Most Barbaric Criminals

Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569755787

Category: True Crime

Page: 327

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Even the world's most depraved murderers were once only known as somebody's neighbor or someone's son. What turned these people into killers? And why is everyone so fascinated with them? In one chilling chapter after another, this book profiles a terrifying succession of homocidal maniacs. It takes readers inside the minds of the people who committed the world's most notorious and horrendous crimes. Are they inhuman beasts beyond compassion, or human beings just like us who simply crossed a line and could not find a way back? Each story stands alone as a frightening tale. Drawn together in this one volume, Serial Killers and Mass Murderers present a fascinating investigation of the dark side.

The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

Author: Harold Schechter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439138850

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

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Bestselling true-crime writer Harold Schechter, a leading authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt offer a guided tour through the bizarre and blood-chilling world of serial murder. Through hundreds of detailed entries that span the entire spectrum -- the shocking crimes, the infamous perpetrators, and much more -- they examine all angles of a gruesome cultural phenomenon that grips our imagination. From Art (both by and about serial killers) to Zeitgeist (how killers past and present embody their times)...from Groupies (even the most sadistic killer can claim devoted fans) to Marriage (the perfect domestic disguise for demented killers)...from Homebodies (psychos who slay in the comfort of their homes) to Plumbing (how clogged drains have undone the most discreet killer), THE A TO Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS is the ultimate reference for anyone compelled by the personalities and pathologies behind the most disturbing of crimes.

The Big Book of Serial Killers

Author: Jack Rosewood

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548119645

Category: Serial murderers

Page: 416

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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad. Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world's most heinous murderers.

Chambers of Horror

Author: John Marlowe

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1848586108

Category: True Crime

Page: N.A

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Chambers of Horror is a study of the warped thinking that went into some of the world's most macabre crimes, as well as a clinical examination of the purpose-built rooms, hidden spaces and soundproof dungeons increasingly prepared for victims. From the massive 'Murder Castle' once used by Dr. H. H. Holmes to prey upon those attending the 1893...

Criminal Justice

Author: Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 9781587652202

Category: Law

Page: 1318

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Contains 625 alphabetically arranged entries that examine various aspects of criminal justice in the U.S., covering criminals, codes and categories of law, law enforcement agencies, courts, corrections, the U.S. Constitution, and Supreme Court rulings. Includes a time line, personages and subject indexes, and other reference materials.

The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper

In His Own Words, The Confession of the World's Most Infamous Killer

Author: James Carnac

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402280599

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

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"It's either a genuine confession by Jack the Ripper, or it's an extraordinary novel...Only you can decide."—Paul Begg, author of Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History In the Whitechapel neighborhood of London in 1888, five women were horribly mutilated and murdered by the infamous killer, Jack the Ripper. Though there were many suspects, the monster was never caught. This recently discovered memoir from the 1920s introduces a new suspect: James Willoughby Carnac, a little-known figure who claims to have been the Ripper. Carnac describes the events and geography of Whitechapel in 1888 with chilling accuracy, including details of the murders that appear to have been unavailable to the public at the time. He presents a credible motive for becoming Jack, and, for the first time ever, a reason for ending the killing spree. Ultimately, you, the reader, must decide if this is simply one of the earliest imaginings of the case—and a groundbreaking literary addition to the Ripper canon—or if it is the genuine autobiography of Jack the Ripper himself. "A text that will no doubt be debated for years to come."—Alan Hicken, Montacute Museum, Somerset, England "Intricate and creepy."—The Daily Express (UK) "Easily read and worth it for the ending."—Kirkus

John Wayne Gacy

Defending a Monster

Author: Sam L. Amirante,Danny Broderick

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 163450027X

Category: True Crime

Page: 416

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“Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America’s true crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga—the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender’s Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation’s history. Sam Amirante had just opened his first law practice when he got a phone call from his friend John Wayne Gacy, a well-known and well-liked community figure. Gacy was upset about what he called “police harassment” and asked Amirante for help. With the police following his every move in connection with the disappearance of a local teenager, Gacy eventually gave a drunken, dramatic, early morning confession—to his new lawyer. Gacy was eventually charged with murder and Amirante suddenly became the defense attorney for one of American’s most disturbing serial killers. It was his first case. This new edition of John Wayne Gacy, which contains updated material about the case that has come to light since the book’s original publication, recounts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

The Real Story

A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests

Author: Sarah Statz Cords

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781591582830

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 460

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Explores the genres and sub-genres of nonfiction and provides an annotated bibliography of more than five hundred popular nonfiction titles, organized according to genre with a focus on titles published in the last decade.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Author: Michelle McNamara

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062319809

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018. Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt “A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.” —Stephen King For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

Psychopathy, Perversion, and Lust Homicide

Recognizing the Mental Disorders that Power Serial Killers

Author: Duane L. Dobbert

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780313366215

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 185

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"This book demonstrates how and why most serial murders are sexually motivated and fueled by a combination of psychopathy and sexual disorder. Dobbert offers a psychological and social profile of each killer. He examines the killer's early life, charting the development of Antisocial Personality Disorder and sexual disorders, including sexual sadism and necrophilia. Perhaps more important, he shows how early signs of these disorders were missed, mishandled, minimized, or ignored by professionals in law enforcement, education, health care, and criminal justice."--BOOK JACKET.

Handbook of Aggressive Behavior Research

Author: Caitriona Quin,Scott Tawse

Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 587

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Aggression is a complex social behaviour with multiple causes. In psychology, as well as other social and behavioural sciences, aggression refers to behaviour between members of the same species that is intended to cause pain or harm. Aggression takes a variety of forms among humans and can be physical, mental, or verbal. Aggression should not be confused with assertiveness however, although the terms are often used interchangeably. There are two broad categories of aggression. These include hostile, affective, or retaliatory aggression and instrumental, predatory, or goal-oriented aggression. Empirical research indicates that there is a critical difference between the two, both psychologically and physiologically. Some research indicates that people with tendencies toward affective aggression have lower IQs than those with tendencies toward predatory aggression. If only considering physical aggression, males tend to be more aggressive than females. This new book gathers the latest research from around the world in this field.