THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS A Study of the Chilling Criminal Phenomenon, from the 'Angels of Death' to the 'Zodiac' Killer

Author: Newton (Michael)
Year: 2000
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: F.
ISBN: 9780816039791
Price: 7.00
Softcover. The phenomenon of serial murder has often been considered both the most macabre and most fascinating branch of modern crime and criminology. Only recently have law enforcement authorities, psychologists, and scientists pierced its shroud of mystery to uncover the secrets, motives, and dangers of serial killers previously hidden in the dark. The author offers an unprecedented view of serial killing from ancient Rome to the 'present' day, providing the most comprehensive resource available on the topic and shattering many of the popular myths about this most terrifying breed of criminal. Topics covered include : Case studies of notorious serial killings and the criminal monsters who perpetrated them. Key law enforcement figures and the techniques they use to catch their prey. The psychology of serial murder - what contributes to the making of a murderer and what motivates them. How societies choose to deal with and punish serial killers. Different types of serial killers and their methods. Baffling unsolved cases, including Jack the Ripper and, at the time, the Green River Killer. In the past, lack of information on the characteristics of serial killers and poor communication between branches of law enforcement, led to the labelling of serial murder as a "modern-day" crime and allowed some killers to go undetected for years. The author brings these criminals and their terrifying habits into the light, with more than 240 detailed entries, 70 photographs, and extensive Appendices. It is an invaluable tool to understanding and combating the most gruesome criminal activity. Illus., Appendices (Solo Killers, Team Killers, Unresolved Cases) + Bibliog. and Index. 391pp. 4to softcover. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. with no creasing to covers. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage.


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