The phenomenon of serial murder has often been considered the most macabre and most fascinating brace 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. This groundbreaking book 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
- Baffling unsolved cases, including Jack the Ripper and 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 labeling of serial murder as a 'modern-day' crime and allowed killers to go undetected for years. This book brings those criminals and their terrifying habits into the light, with more than 240 detailed entries, 70 photographs, and extensive appendixes. It is an invaluable tool to understanding and combating the most gruesome criminal activity.