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Extreme Killing
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Extreme Killing
Understanding Serial and Mass Murder

Fourth Edition
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February 2018 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Extreme Killing offers a comprehensive overview of multiple homicide, including both serial and mass murder. Filled with classic and contemporary case studies, this fully updated Fourth Edition reflects a growing concern for specific types of multiple homicides—indiscriminate public massacres, terrorist attacks, hate crimes, and school shootings—as well as largely debated issues such as gun control and mental illness. 

Renowned experts and authors in the field, James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, and Emma Fridel bring their years of research and experience to create distinctions between serial and mass murders, address characteristics of both killers and their victims, and recognize the special concerns around multiple murder victims and their survivors. Students will examine the latest theories of criminal behavior and apply them to mass and serial murderers from around the world, such as the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas,  the Grim Sleeper in Los Angeles, the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, the shooting of nine African Americans by a white supremacist in a Charleston church, and more.

Students: Sign in at study.sagepub.com/fox for access to curated content contributed by the text’s authors, including links to articles and opinion pieces written by the authors.

 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
PART I. MULTIPLE MURDER
 
CHAPTER 1. America’s Fascination With Multiple Murder
The Gein Legacy

 
Multiple Murder in Popular Culture

 
The Selling of Multiple Murder

 
Craving Attention

 
Killer Communication

 
Killer Groupies

 
The Impact of Celebrating Murderers

 
Sensitize, Not Sanitize

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Defining Multiple Murder
Mass, Serial, and Spree

 
Mass Confusion

 
Counting Victims of Serial Murder

 
Typologies of Multiple Murder

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Theories of Multiple Homicide
Sociological Theories

 
Psychological Theories

 
Biological Theories

 
 
PART II. SERIAL MURDER
 
CHAPTER 4. An Anatomy of Serial Murder
Prevalence of Serial Murder

 
A Profile of the Serial Killer

 
Extraordinarily Ordinary

 
Compartmentalization

 
Rehumanizing the Victims

 
 
CHAPTER 5. With Deliberation and Purpose
When Killing Is Thrilling

 
On a Deadly Mission of Terror or Revenge

 
Killing for Expediency

 
For Love and Loyalty

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Partners in Murder
Insanity in the Relationship

 
Partners for Profit

 
Partnerships of Men and Women

 
All in the Family

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Killing for Company
Placing the Blame

 
Killing for Companionship

 
The Functions of Cannibalism

 
Desire for Total Control and Ownership

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Fantasyland
Keeping Souvenirs

 
Normal and Abnormal Fantasies

 
The Impact of Pornography

 
 
CHAPTER 9. The Making of a Serial Killer
Childhood Suffering

 
Testimony Under Hypnosis

 
Child Abuse and Murder

 
Inordinate Need for Power

 
Animal Cruelty and Violence Against Humans

 
Challenges of Predicting Serial Murder

 
Blaming the Family

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Nonsexual Control
Power Over Patients

 
Female Serial Killers

 
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Killing Cult
Killing for a Cause

 
The Appeal of Dangerous Cults

 
Suicide or Homicide?

 
Satanism and Serial Murder

 
 
CHAPTER 12. Catching Serial Killers
Vulnerable Victims Preferred

 
Catching the Serial Killer

 
 
PART III. MASS MURDER
 
CHAPTER 13. For Love, Money, or Revenge
Relative Obscurity

 
Trends in Mass Murder

 
Profile of Mass Murderers and Their Crimes

 
Characteristics of Mass Murders

 
Selective and Methodical

 
When Love Kills

 
Sweet Revenge

 
Profiting From Mass Murder

 
Explaining Mass Murder

 
Warning Signs of Mental Disturbance

 
Contributing Factors

 
 
CHAPTER 14. Family Annihilation
A Profile of the Family Annihilator

 
Impact of Unemployment

 
Murdering Moms

 
The Defiant Son

 
 
CHAPTER 15. Firing Back
Profile of the Workplace Avenger

 
Mixed Motives

 
Workplace Murder by Proxy

 
Romantic Obsession

 
Externalizing Responsibility

 
Social Isolation

 
Screening Out Problem Workers

 
Going Postal

 
 
CHAPTER 16. Well Schooled in Mass Murder
Disgruntled Students

 
Addressing the Risk

 
The Worst Laid Plans

 
A Global Perspective

 
On to College

 
The Role of Violent Video Games

 
The Copycat Effect

 
 
CHAPTER 17. Fighting City Hall
Attacking the System

 
Legal Battles

 
Filing a Grievance

 
Increasing Alienation

 
Close Call

 
 
CHAPTER 18. Hate Motivated Mass Murder
Choice of Victims

 
The Killer as Victim

 
The Growth of Defensive Hate Attacks

 
Mission Hate Crimes

 
Targets Not Included in Hate Crime Legislation

 
Organized Hate Crimes

 
Identifying Hate Crimes

 
 
CHAPTER 19. Political Terrorism as Tactic
Hate Crime or Terrorist Act?

 
Trends in Domestic Terrorism

 
Trends in Global Terrorism

 
Vehicular Terrorism

 
Lone Wolves

 
Reducing Terrorist Violence

 
 
CHAPTER 20. Going Berserk
Paranoid Thinking

 
Confused State of Mind

 
Long-Standing Mental Illness

 
Civilian Battlefields

 
Brain Abnormalities

 
Deadly Weapons

 
 
CHAPTER 21. Weapons of Mass (Murder) Destruction
Mass Shootings and Gun Legislation

 
School Shootings and Political Will/Won’t

 
Expanded Background Checks

 
The Assault Weapon Debate

 
Concealed Carry

 
Armed Faculty and School Security

 
A Final Shot

 
 
PART IV. EPILOGUE
 
CHAPTER 22. Remembering the Victims
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

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This is the best single volume text for the coverage of both mass murder and serial homicide at the undergraduate level and as an introductory text on the subject matter.”

Mitchel P. Roth
Sam Houston State University

“Fox and Levin are the best in the business at interpreting these rare, but tragic, multiple murder events. Accessibly written, yet analytically rich, Extreme Killing provides critical insight into subject matter that typically elicits a response between fear and fascination and is sensationalized and politicized in equal measure. For the cold hard facts on murder in cold blood (or otherwise), look no further.”

James A. Densley
Metropolitan State University

“Excellent overall—engaging cases and yet stays on making important analytic points or generalizations without getting overly bogged down by case details (although many often horrific facts related to crimes are noted in a very matter-of-fact way)  The authors manage to make their points while citing grisly case details in a very professional way without appealing to any sensationalism for its own sake. They navigate this fine line and manage a balancing act between sharing case details while also keeping a theoretical and conceptual focus. Superb job and the best of the three editions by far.”

Kenneth Colburn Jr.
Butler University

Extreme Killing offers a succinct  and fascinating  overview  of historical and contemporary serial and mass murder addressing known prevalence, demographic characteristics, motives, and etiological factors associated with the perpetrators of the crimes. Additionally, the role of the victims and their families are discussed in relation to the high profile nature of these types of multiple murders especially in relation to role of the media, fascination by the public, and the seemingly motiveless nature of these types of crimes. James Allen Fox and Jack Levin use engaging case studies, illustrations, photos and commentary in their book, which no doubt students will find extremely interesting.”

William E. Thornton
Loyola University New Orleans

“The writing style of all of the chapters is excellent and will truly capture the interest and imagination of students. The book could easily be used in either an upper level undergraduate or a graduate level course (as a supplemental text). It is versatile. The photos are quite interesting and will keep the student engaged.”

Robert Worley
Lamar University

“This is a well-written organized text on serial killing and mass murder. Content is appropriate and presented in a way that would be understandable to the average college student…”

Shelly Grant
Jacksonville University

“This text will provide your students with a comprehensive overview of serial and mass murder. This is a student-friendly text that is well-written and organized.”

Mark Winton
University of Central Florida

“It is a well thought out, put together book for this type of class because it touches on all aspects of both the organized and disorganized SK as well as delving into the mind of the mass murderer.”

Bert Ouderkirk
Mesa Community College

recommended-too detailed for my class

Dr Deborah Stone
Nursing Dept, Fitchburg State University
February 14, 2018
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • A new chapter on sociological, psychological, and biological theories (Chapter 3) provides students with an overall explanation of each theory and shows how they can be applied to serial and mass murderers. 
  • A new chapter on global and domestic terrorism (Chapter 19) explores trends such as vehicular terrorism, the lone-wolf model, and the differences and similarities between terrorism and hate crimes. 
  • Expanded coverage of multiple homicides outside of the United States offers students insights into the many different factors that should be considered when examining serial and mass murder across the globe. 
  • Current empirical data helps students gain a better understanding of the latest patterns and trends in serial murder and massacres. 
  • New cases connect key concepts to current events by presenting students with compelling examples of multiple homicides both inside and outside of the United States.

KEY FEATURES: 

  • World-renowned experts and authors in the field, James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, and Emma Fridel provide students with in-depth, accessible analysis of critical topics. 
  • An engaging writing style and a multitude of interesting case studies immerse students in the book’s content. 
  • Photos of offenders and crime scenes bring concepts to life.  
  • A Study Site provides instructors and students with access to curated content contributed by the text’s authors, including links to articles and opinion pieces written by the authors. 

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