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NCJ Number: 157134 Find in a Library
Title: Serial Killers: The Insatiable Passion
Author(s): D Lester
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 203
Sponsoring Agency: Charles Press Publishers, Inc
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Publication Number: ISBN 0-914783-77-7
Sale Source: Charles Press Publishers, Inc
P.O. Box 15715
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author attempts to develop a profile of the serial killer by looking at what serial murderers have in common and what characteristics they share; the focus is on the psychological makeup and motivations of criminals, as reflected in research statistics and case histories.
Abstract: In examining reasons for serial killing and what drives people to ignore personal conscience and social respectability, the book explores the lives of notable serial killers. The discussion covers the definition of serial murder, the frequency of serial murder in the United States, public concern over violent crimes, characteristics and types of serial murderers, theories of serial murder, and the criminal justice system response. The author shows that almost all serial killers in modern times have been white and that very few use firearms to kill their victims. Serial murder does not exhibit a regional pattern, although motives have changed over the years. Because there are many types of serial murderers, the author concludes that it is difficult to construct a solid profile of serial killers. References
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Habitual offenders; Murderers; Offender profiles; Psychological research; Serial murders; Victims of violent crime; Violent crimes
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