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Serial Killers : The Method and Madness of Monsters - Peter Vronsky

Serial Killers

The Method and Madness of Monsters

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Published: 5th October 2004
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The comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide.

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.

Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer, but also provides 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.

-This formidably comprehensive, brilliantly researched book must be the most wide-ranging work on serial killers that has been written so far. The fact that it sprang from the author's brief encounters with two serial killers lends it a sense of personal urgency.---Colin Wilson, author of Killers Among Us and Written in Blood. -Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters is one of the most complete books I have read on serial killers. If you are fascinated by the human mind and by those who are abnormal, this is the book for you.---Roundtable Reviews

Prefacep. ix
A History of Monsters
The Postmodern Age of Serial Homicide, 1970-2000p. 3
A Brief History of Serial Homicidep. 42
The Method and Madness
Classifying Serial Killersp. 99
The Evolution of Monstrosityp. 147
The Question of Madnessp. 241
Serial Killers As Childrenp. 269
The Serial Murderer's First Killp. 286
The Killing Timesp. 303
Fighting Monsters
The Art and Science of Criminal Profilingp. 321
Surviving a Serial Killerp. 364
Acknowledgmentsp. 385
Endnotesp. 386
Selected Sourcesp. 395
Indexp. 400
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ISBN: 9780425196403
ISBN-10: 0425196402
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 5th October 2004
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1