The Serial Killers: A Study in the Psychology of Violence

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Random House, May 31, 2011 - Social Science - 416 pages

As the number of serial killers worldwide has risen steadily - from the emergence of Jack the Ripper in 1888 to Harold Shipman and Ivan Milat, the backpacker killer of the Australian outback - the need to understand mass murder is becoming more urgent.

Using privileged access to the world's first National Centre for the Analysis of Violent Crime, Colin Wilson and Donald Seaman bring you this incisive study of the psychology of serial killers and the motives behind their crimes.

From childhood traumas to issues of frustration, fear and fantasy, discover what turns an ordinary human being into a compulsive killer.

 

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I'D LIKE to personally meet this author. My sister died tragically and in the most cruel way. HIGDON and Brumit destroyed our family!
I really wish some one would hear our story! girls(Roxies Sisters)
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Evelyn Mele

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May I correct the record. Roxanne Sandbrook and I were best-friends up to the time of her murder. The day[night] that she 'went missing' she, in fact, was babysitting for her killers. A job I turned down. We were told by detectives it was on the 'ride home' that everything went wrong. We were told that as his accomplice drove the car, he raped and strangled Roxanne. The pair then, as correctly stated, dis-guarded her body in the Jackson dump and not found until a month later.
Roxanne's life was cut short for absolutely NO reason. All her plans and dreams crushed in a few moments and all those who knew her were forced to face the brutal truth that monsters really did exist. I wish I could upload a photo of Roxanne for you.
 

Contents

in The ProHers
8
Profile of a Serial Killer
32
The Power Syndrome
137
Serial murder is about power not sex The girl in
169
The Jekyll and H yde Syndrome
178
William Heirens Heinrich Pommerencke Melvin
206
Folio 1 Deux
219
Gerald Gallego Musil and the sex murderer
244
serves The Hillside Stranglers Douglas Clark
256
Into the Future
297
Update 31 l
311
Bibliography
377
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Colin Wilson has been a major influence in the area of true crime. His career has spanned the publication of over 60 books, including The Occult, A Criminal History of Mankind and From Atlantis To The Sphinx.

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