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BORN TO BE KILLERS (True Crime) [Kindle Edition]

Ray Black
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Complexity of Abnormal Human Behaviour

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About the Author

Ray Black is an investigative journalist based in Brighton. He has spent the past 25 years specialising in police cases, crimes and criminals and has written many highly regarded newspaper and magazine articles about his investigations

Product Details

  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press; 010 edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ5758
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read March 22, 2012
By Leigh
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This kindle book lists types of killers and some background information. Slowly though it seemed to become more abrupt as if the author was trying to hurry and finish. That is why I gave 4/5 I wish that the ending chapters were as complete as the earlier ones. The English phrasing could be a bit on the annoying side as well (I am not sure why, must be the grade school teacher in the back of my mind-editing what it feels is wrong.) I was able to ignore it mostly though,and did enjoy the book overall. I've actually seen quite a few of the mentioned cases on crime shows such as "Deadly Women" on Investigation Discovery, but still there were a couple that I hadn't heard of and those were actually pretty detailed, which made the book more interesting to read. I would recommend this to people that like to crime shows and aren't easily distracted by the British/English wording/phrasing that is used. I am not disappointed in purchasing this title and would buy something similar/from the same author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How others live November 6, 2012
By Kelpie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The only problem I have with this book is that it covers a lot of the same criminals we have read of often before.There is not much difference to other authors.
However,it is still an interesting read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short story read January 30, 2013
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This book was a great short story read. When you have limited time and want to read a few minutes and are interested in true crime this would be a great short story read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughing out loud August 25, 2007
Yeah I couldn't find the authors name either. I'm not surprised, I'm half convinced it was written by someone's dear old doddering uncle and put out as a vanity publication. Full of typos, dates off by a hundred years.
Don't buy it but if you want a bit of a laugh see if you can get it from the library and learn what happens when unedited works get thrust on the unsuspecting public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is awful July 11, 2007
I am embarrassed that I bought this book. It is full of typos and grammatical errors. There is a least one of each on every page. The book is almost entirely the opinions of the author, and when a story involves multiple names, they are often mixed up. The very beginning of the chapter on the James Bulger murder mixes up the names of the two murderers calling them "Jon Thomson and Robert Venables" only to switch it back for the rest of the chapter. One chapter mentions a person, aged 22 and then on the very next page refers to them as the missing baby in the case. This book is a joke and I only gave it one star because there was no option for zero stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What on earth? October 29, 2006
What's going on? I just bought this book second-hand, and here I am on [...], reading more about child killer Mary Bell, and the similarities are almost word-for word! Amazon says this book was written by Ray Black, although the book doesn't actually claim an author, and the entry on Mary Bell on was written by Shirley Lynn Scott. Who plagirized who, though? This book was published in 2004, but I'm not sure when Shirley wrote her article on crime library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars book resources August 7, 2007
Hi, this is Shirley Lynn Scott. Just saw this review, and want to point out my Crime Library article on Mary Bell was written in 2000. If this book was written in 2004, then the author may have unfortunately relied on my article without proper reference. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Born to Kill Prose September 5, 2008
For years I taught various English courses in a community college. Now I know what happens to people who don't make it through English 100. They write unsigned books like this one.

Besides the problems already mentioned, the language is muddy, the research is shoddy, and the typos are startling. For example, Thomas Wainewright must have the longest criminal career in history. He poisoned his uncle in 1828. He then poisoned his wife's half-sister in 1930.

The isssue of plagarism was already mentioned, but no one noted the author's habit of plagarising from himself. Often the same facts (and the same sentences) are repeated verbatim.

At best, this is a weak first draft. It is not a finished product, just a murdered one.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by mariann kinart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, excellent summary of a lot of cases
Great summary of cases where the people are judged to be Born to kill. The 4 main parts Children who kill, Men who kill, Women who kill and Couples who kill. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars See My Other Review
Same author, same subject matter same problems. Not a big fan of Mr Black but I continue to read his books. What's that say about me? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bruce Maybee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I've read a lot of true crime & this is one that delves more into the minds of the killers & less with the legal side of it. Exactly what I was looking to read!
Published 16 months ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A very well detailed and interesting book. The author provided very well detailed into the minds of these ruthless killers. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Quest1285
4.0 out of 5 stars A shocking piece of true crime.
A hard read but we'll worth the time. There were a lot of grammatical and spelling errors so the author should have edited better.
Published 20 months ago by Tuan
3.0 out of 5 stars kept my interest
There were a few glitches in this book, but it held my interest. I think any reader of true crime would enjoy it, and I don't hesitate to recommend it.
Published 22 months ago by dazey mai
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but...
Brief overview of killers. Unfortunately it has numerous grammar and typing errors. Especially irritating are instances where the year, instead of being 1788 (for example), is... Read more
Published 23 months ago by BirdieTracy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very gory details of muder and the minds of the monsters who commit them. Great book for the price. recommended.
Published on May 1, 2013 by Cvette
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
This seriously need proofing. I found lots of typos and near the end the writing seemed rushed, almost like there were two different authors. Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by Kari Travis
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