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Extreme killing : understanding serial and mass murder /
James Alan Fox, Jack Levin.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Los Angeles : SAGE, c2012.
description
xiv, 262 p.
ISBN
1412980313 (pbk.), 9781412980319 (pbk.)
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imprint
Los Angeles : SAGE, c2012.
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1412980313 (pbk.)
9781412980319 (pbk.)
contents note
Multiple murder -- America's fascination with multiple homicide -- Defining multiple murder -- Serial murder -- An anatomy of serial murder -- With deliberation and purpose -- Murder without guilt -- Partners in murder -- Killing for company -- Fantasyland -- The making of a serial killer -- Nonsexual control -- Killing cults -- So many victims -- Massacres -- For love, money, or revenge -- Family annihilation -- Firing back -- Schooled in mass murder -- Fighting city hall -- Hate-motivated mass murder -- Going berserk -- Epilogue -- Remembering the victims.
catalogue key
7615112
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Northeastern University criminal justice professors Fox and Levin distinguish serial murder from mass murder and note five distinct motives: power, revenge, loyalty (e.g., a desire to save loved ones from future hardship), profit, and terror. They studied 588 serial killers in the US from 1900 to the present. Serial killers were predominantly male, white, and in their twenties. Most serial murderers kill for the thrill of power or sexual sadism and are sociopaths, i.e., they have no feelings or remorse over their killings. Many experts believe that early abuse in the family is a major factor in the creation of serial killers. Mass murder, arbitrarily defined as four or more victims killed in a single event by one or more individuals, occurs more frequently in suburban or rural areas, compared with homicide in general. And compared with all homicides, mass murderers are more likely to be white, as are their victims, who are also more likely to be female. In most instances, killers do not randomly select their victims, but target coworkers, neighbors, or family members. The authors discuss all of this in some detail, but the main impression they leave is that it is difficult to generalize about serial killers or mass murderers. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Harper University of Rochester
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Summaries
Main Description
This comprehensive overview of serial and multiple murders looks at the theories for the criminal behavior and applies them to a multitude of well-known and little-known cases worldwide, examining similarities and differences. Jamie Fox and Jack Levin are renowned experts and authors in the field and they bring their years of research to bear in this fascinating analysis of serial, multiple and mass murder. The second edition is updated with more recent theory and cases.Features of the 2nd edition:1. Updated throughout with new cases like the BTK Killer, Virginia Tech shootings, Ft. Hood mass murder.2. Expanded coverage of theory3. Stronger research focus4. Expanded illustration program with better use of photos, charts and graphs
Main Description
Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fully updated Second Edition illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty. Throughout the book, renowned experts James Alan Fox and Jack Levin examine the theories of criminal behavior and apply them to a multitude of well-known and lesser-known multiple homicide cases from around the world. The book shows readers the commonalities and variations among multiple murders; addresses the characteristics of both killers and their victims; and, in the concluding chapter, discusses the special concerns of multiple murder victims and their survivors.
Main Description
This comprehensive overview of serial and multiple murders looks at the theories for the criminal behavior and applies them to a multitude of well-known and little-known cases worldwide, examining similarities and differences. Jamie Fox and Jack Levin are renowned experts and authors in the field and they bring their years of research to bear in this fascinating analysis of serial, multiple and mass murder. The second edition is updated with more recent theory and cases. Features of the 2nd edition: 1. Updated throughout with new cases like the BTK Killer, Virginia Tech shootings, Ft. Hood mass murder. 2. Expanded coverage of theory 3. Stronger research focus 4. Expanded illustration program with better use of photos, charts and graphs
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Extreme Killing' offers a comprehensive overview of multiple homicide, including both serial & mass murder, & presents a unified conceptual framework for understanding divergent forms of extreme killing, whether these express power, revenge, terror, greed or loyalty.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Multiple Murderp. 1
America's Fascination With Multiple Homicidep. 2
The Gein Legacyp. 3
Multiple Murder in Popular Culturep. 4
The Selling of Multiple Murderp. 6
Craving Attentionp. 7
Killer Communicationp. 8
Killer Groupiesp. 14
The Impact of Celebrating Murderersp. 15
Sensitize, Not Sanitizep. 16
Defining Multiple Murderp. 17
Mass, Serial, and Spreep. 19
A Typology of Multiple Murderp. 21
Powerp. 23
Revengep. 24
Loyaltyp. 25
Profitp. 26
Terrorp. 26
Serial Murderp. 27
An Anatomy of Serial Murderp. 28
Prevalence of Serial Murderp. 30
Extraordinarily Ordinaryp. 33
A Profile of the Typical Serial Killerp. 34
With Deliberation and Purposep. 40
When Killing Is Thrillingp. 41
On a Deadly Mission of Terror or Revengep. 45
Killing for Expediencyp. 47
For Love and Loyaltyp. 49
Murder Without Guiltp. 51
Self-Control and Social Controlp. 52
The Sociopathic Personalityp. 53
The Culture of Sociopathyp. 55
Empathy and Serial Killersp. 57
Borderline Personality Disorderp. 59
Normalcy in Serial Murderp. 59
Rehumanizing the Victimsp. 63
Partners in Murderp. 66
Insanity in the Relationshipp. 67
Partners for Profitp. 68
Partnerships of Men and Womenp. 70
Killing for Companyp. 75
Placing the Blamep. 76
Killing for Companionshipp. 78
The Functions of Cannibalismp. 78
Desire for Total Control and Ownershipp. 79
Fantasylandp. 81
Keeping Souvenirsp. 82
Normal and Abnormal Fantasiesp. 83
The Impact of Pornographyp. 84
The Making of a Serial Killerp. 88
Childhood Sufferingp. 89
Testimony Under Hypnosisp. 91
Child Abuse and Murderp. 92
Inordinate Need for Powerp. 94
Animal Cruelty and Violence Against Humansp. 95
Challenges of Predicting Serial Murderp. 97
Biological Predispositionp. 98
Blaming the Familyp. 101
Nonsexual Controlp. 103
Power Over Patientsp. 104
Female Serial Killersp. 106
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxyp. 107
Killing Cultsp. 111
Killing for a Causep. 112
The Appeal of Dangerous Cultsp. 114
Suicide or Homicide?p. 114
Satanism and Serial Murderp. 117
So Many Victimsp. 121
Vulnerable Victims Preferredp. 122
Catching the Serial Killerp. 126
Behavioral Profilingp. 128
Reducing Linkage Blindnessp. 130
Lucky Breaksp. 131
Massacresp. 133
For Love, Money, or Revengep. 134
Relative Obscurityp. 134
A Profile of Mass Killersp. 136
Selective and Methodicalp. 142
When Love Killsp. 142
Sweet Revengep. 145
Profiting From Mass Murderp. 146
Explaining Mass Murderp. 147
The Great Equalizerp. 152
Contributing Factorsp. 156
Family Annihilationp. 157
A Profile of the Family Annihilatorp. 161
Impact of Unemploymentp. 163
Murdering Momsp. 164
The Defiant Sonp. 166
Firing Backp. 169
Profile of the Workplace Avengerp. 170
The Impact of Frustrationp. 172
Mixed Motivesp. 175
Workplace Murder by Proxyp. 176
Romantic Obsessionp. 177
Externalizing Responsibilityp. 178
Social Isolationp. 180
Screening Out Problem Workersp. 181
Going Postalp. 182
Schooled in Mass Murderp. 186
Student Massacresp. 189
On to Collegep. 193
Shooting for Infamyp. 196
Overstating the Copycat Effectp. 198
Fighting City Hallp. 199
Attacking the Systemp. 200
Legal Battlesp. 200
Filing a Grievancep. 201
Increasing Alienationp. 204
Hate-Motivated Mass Murderp. 206
Choice of Victimsp. 207
A Life of Frustrationp. 208
Blaming Womenp. 209
The Killer as Victimp. 212
Settling a Grudge With a Gunp. 214
Minority Against Majorityp. 216
Going Berserkp. 219
Paranoid Thinkingp. 220
Confused State of Mindp. 222
Long-Standing Mental Illnessp. 223
Civilian Battlefieldsp. 225
Brain Abnormalitiesp. 228
Deadly Weaponsp. 229
Epiloguep. 232
Remembering the Victimsp. 233
Referencesp. 240
Credits and Sourcesp. 248
Indexp. 250
About the Authorsp. 262
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