Serial Murderers and Their Victims

Serial Murderers and Their Victims

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Cengage Learning
This book provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. Featuring coverage supported by extensive data and research, the book profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time, addressing the highest-profile serial killer type--the sexual predator--as well as a wide variety of other types (male, female, team, healthcare, and serial killers from outside the U.S.). Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of over 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder and discusses profiling and other law enforcement issues related to the apprehension and disposition of serial killers.

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The sixth edition of this textbook for college courses in criminology, criminal justice, deviant behavior, victimology, and abnormal psychology contains current demographic analyses, new chapter objectives, and new cases, profiles, vignettes, and quotes from real serial killers. The text starts with a review of myths and facts, then sets out classifications of serial killers. Subsequent chapters deal with ritualism, cults, and the notion of evil, and describe cultural, biological, psychological, and sociological frameworks for understanding killers. Several chapters are devoted to the demographic, social, and behavioral characteristics of different types of killers and victims. Serial murder is examined from a comparative global perspective, and final chapters address criminal justice and investigative issues such as forensic science, profiling, interviewing, assessment scales, and capital punishment. An instructor website contains test banks, discussion topics, activities, and lecture slides. Hickey teaches at the California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Belmont, Cal. : Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, c2013
Edition: 6th ed
ISBN: 9781133049708
Characteristics: xxv, 482 p. : ill., charts ; 23 cm


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