Skip to content

Inside the Minds of Serial Killers Why They Kill

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 0275990990

ISBN-13: 9780275990992

Edition: 2006

Authors: Katherine M. Ramsland

Shipping box This item qualifies for FREE shipping.
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Description:

There are many cultural myths about serial killers, often propagated even by mental health professionals. Many assume there is a "profile" of a serial killer, that serial killers always go for the same victim type or always use the same MO, that they are more clever than ordinary people, and that they are inevitably charming and attractive. The truth is not as simple as that. There are different types of serial killers and while there are many books that discuss the serial killer phenomenon especially in relationship to victim types or context, researchers have not yet been able to come up with a definition, or type, that covers the broad spectrum of serial killers and their complex psychological dynamics. Ramsland looks at serial killer types, illustrating that it is difficult to accurately depict these elusive, intriguing, and dangerous killers. This book examines a variety of serial killers, from sexual predators to psychotic killers, from murder teams to odd eccentric stalkers, in order to present the distinct psychological dynamics that set serial killers apart from other violent murderers. Among the motives addressed are lust, control, glory, profit, thrill, delusions, rage, the desire for company, the need to please a partner, and even murder as an intellectual exercise. Serial killers live double lives, hiding their violence even from those who live with them, so along with a study of motives are chapters devoted to how close associates have described killers, including parents, siblings, co-workers, lovers, and survivors. There is no profile of a serial killer, and this book establishes that in vivid and frightening detail.
Customers also bought

Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 9.75" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Mark Leibovich is The New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.���011, he received a National Magazine Award for his story on Politico's Mike Allen and the changing media culture of Washington. Prior to coming to the Times Magazine , Leibovich was a national political reporter in the Times' DC bureau. He has also worked at The Washington Post , The San Jose Mercury News and The Boston Phoenix , and is the author of The New Imperialists , a collection of profiles on technology pioneers. Leibovich lives with his family in Washington.

Jack the Ripper and the history of serial murder
Lust
Omnipotence
Intellectual exercise
Glory
Delusions
Rage
Profit
Blood and bodies
Living with death
No particular purpose
Early aspirations
Related by blood
Matches made in hell
"Care" takers
Close to a killer
Behind the eyes
How they're caught