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Serial Murder

Serial Murder

Third Edition

July 2009 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Continuing in the same well-written and accessible style as the previous editions, this text systematically examines the strange phenomenon of serial murder. Exploring the different types of serial killers, the authors present a clear image of the typology, behavioral patterns, and motivation of the various types of serial killers.

New to This Edition

  • Differentiation between Mass, Spree and Serial Murder Theories
  • Three new chapters: Mass Murder and Spree Murder: Two Types of Multicides; Serial Killers in Foreign Countries; and Health-Care Professionals and Serial Murder
  • Updated references, boxes, photos and features, including brief profiles of serial killers, serial killer nicknames, etc.
  • Discussion of recent and high profile serial killers, and the typologies that apply to them 
  • New end-of-chapter discussion questions to enhance student comprehension and retention

Serial Murder, Third Edition is ideal for use as a supplementary text in Homicide, Violence, and Deviance courses offered in departments of criminology, psychology, and sociology

1. What Is Serial Murder?
2. Mass Murder and Spree Murder: Two Types of Multicides
3. Serial Murder
4. Theories of Serial Murder
5. The Visionary Serial Killer
6. The Mission Serial Killer
7. The Hedonistic Serial Murderer: The Lust Killer
8. The Hedonistic Serial Murderer: The Thrill Killer
9. The Hedonistic Serial Killer: Comfort Type
10. The Power/Control Serial Killer
11. Female Serial Killers
12. Serial Killers in Foreign Countries
13. Health Care Professionals and Serial Murder
14. The Victims of Serial Killers
15. Problems and Solutions in Serial Murder Investigations
About the Authors

A great resource for students.

Mr Walter Smith
Online Learning, Hazard Cmty/Tech Clg-Hazard
March 15, 2016

This is a special topics course with students from various disciplines. Another textbook is more straightforward for students who do not have a criminology or criminal justice background.

Dr Kimya Dennis
Sociology, Salem College
October 15, 2014

Great Book!

Dr Scott Belshaw
Criminal Justice Dept, University of North Texas
October 4, 2011

The book was interesting, but repetitive. I did not like the profile section because there was no feedback about the accuracy or inaccuracy of the profiles.

Dr Gerald Fisher
Government Sociology Dept, Georgia College / State University
April 2, 2010

I cite this book in my criminology course. I also highly encourage each student to obtain this book and read it. It is recommended reading.

Dr Pat Nation
Sociology Dept, Park University
February 25, 2010

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