Clues from Killers Serial Murder and Crime Scene Messages

ISBN-10: 0275983609
ISBN-13: 9780275983604
Edition: 2004
Authors: Dirk C. Gibson
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Serial killers come from different backgrounds, attain different levels of education, and hold various types of jobs. However, many serial killers do have at least one thing in common: the desire to communicate regarding their crimes. Killers from Jack the Ripper to the Son of Sam often provide clues to their identities, their motives--even their future targets--through crime scene notes, letters to the media, calls to police, messages scrawled on victims, and, increasingly, email and other technology. Here, Gibson takes a look at ten notorious serial killers, their crimes, their victims, and their communications to uncover the hidden clues into the minds of these unusual and dangerous people. What compels a serial killer to leave a crime scene message or to call the police to discuss their crimes? What are the purposes of the messages themselves? What do they say about the individuals? How can investigators use such communications to track down these elusive killers? How do killers use these communications to attract new victims? Through a careful examination of messages from such killers as the D.C. Snipers, the BTK Killer, the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper, the Black Dahlia Avenger and others, Gibson reveals aspects of their communications that give us a window into the psyches of these criminals.

DIRK C. GIBSON is Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico. He has published numerous articles on a variety of topics in journals such as "Public Relations Quarterly", "Public Relations Review", and "Southern Communication Journal." He has also published several book chapters and one book--"The Role of Communication in the Practice of Law" (1991).

Acknowledgments
Dedication
List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Son of Sam
The DC Sniper
The Mad Butcher
The Unabomber
The Zodiac
The BTK Strangler
Jack the Ripper
The Black
Conclusion
Selected Bibliography
Index

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