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Serial Murderers and their Victims (Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice) Paperback – January 3, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0534630188 ISBN-10: 0534630189 Edition: 4th

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  • Series: Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 4 edition (January 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534630189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534630188
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric W. Hickey teaches criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Hickey has appeared on National Public Radio, Larry King Live, 20/20, Good Morning America, Court TV, A&E, Discovery and Learning Channel documentaries to discuss his research on sexual predators, murderers and serial killers. He also has served as a consultant to the UNABOMB Task Force, the American Prosecutors' Research Institute, and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. He conducts seminars for agencies involving profiling and investigating sex crimes, arson, robbery, homicide, stalking, workplace violence and terrorism.

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Very informative, easy to read, and interesting.
Jill A. Cerqueira
This book has many case studies that include both male and female serial killers.
C. Smith
I rarely keep book once I've finished reading them, but this one's is a keeper!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Just when you thought you were inside the mind of a serialkiller...Hickey lets you know just how close or far away you reallyare. This book goes in depth when explaining the symptoms, mechanics, responses, and composure of a serial killer. Equipped with psychological and criminal definitions once thought were out of the realm of understanding, Hickey gracefully applies them to the common persons understanding. The one thing better than reading his material is actually attending one of his seminars, interviews, or better yet his criminology class (153)...Beware of what you read at NIGHT!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Tobin on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Of the many, many books I have read on this topic (which is one of my areas of interests) this is book is by far the best one I have read. This would be, in my opinion the most complete, informative and unbiased work on the subject.
The book covers just about everything most readers would like covered on Serial Murder. It covers fact, fiction, history, definitions, in fact everything you could imagine. I could not believe just how much is packed into the 380 odd pages.
Not only is the book a wealth of knowledge on the subject (and many related areas eg Stalking, Insanity Defences) but is also loaded with 'Profiles' of many individuals (and teams) to illustrate the area under discussion. Many tables also provide interesting reading.
The book also looks at the phenomina of Serial Murder in countries other than the USA.
Another thing I really like is the way Hickey presents various aspects and theories. Hickey discusses all the theories, views etc along with their apparent strenghts and weaknesses. For example, other authors I have read flatly dump the FBI Psychological Profiling Model. Hickly presents all the pros and cons on the topic in a very unbiased manner.
This book is not just a good book, it is a great book. It is a 'must have' in your collection, if this is your area of interest or you really want to learn about it. If someone asked me for just one book to read on Serial Murder, this would be the one. It covers so many topics within a topic, yet it is concise and very readable. The average person with no knowledge on this topic would walk away with a good 'working knowledge'.
I have read the book twice and have now been drawn back to a third read.
I will now be searching for other works by this author and congratulate him on a 'classic'.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read the 1991 edition of this book,but I am sure the current edition is just as good, if not better. Now I am aware of it, I am eager to read it. This book changed the way I thought about serial killers. The value of Hickey's book stems from its lack of lurid sensationalism. He looks at the offenders with unflinching honesty, while profiling victims with touching deference to their suffering. The letter from a victim's mother is quietly heartbreaking. His statitics and research are invaluable tools. I have done three research projects on serial killers,and this book is always my primary source. It is a must read for law and justice personnel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Bruner Jr. on January 8, 2013
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This book is required reading for a Justice Studies class I am taking at Arizona State University.... I can honestly say this is the first interesting book I have read in the years I have been in college! Extremely fascinating, and one of the few books I would actually like to keep after class ends!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Crow on March 25, 2005
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I am a graduate student of Dr. Hickey's at California State University, Fresno. I came to this institution specifically as a matter of curricula, and I must say that after a review of the literature both broad and exhaustive Dr. Hickey's book is the closest thing we have to the reality of our special killers' doctrine. What is most compelling about this piece of literature is the open mentality that is greatly lacking in nearly every other book out there. We have relied to a great extent on the works of the FBI and, in a much more aniquated way, the works of Freud and the general positivists.

This text is certainly a sociological treatise, but even more so it underlines the issues inherent in both criminology and a general study of human nature. What should be garnered from this read is what we DON'T know as compared to what we do. One must applaud Dr. Hickey for his ability to admit that the evaporative quality of this field of study is prevalent and must be dealt with.

Of particular interest is the discussion of the mythology surrounding "serial killers" and the true affect with which they operate. Take these things for what they are worth and you are left with many questions. I have no doubt in my mind that this was the objective of Dr. Hickey, and is ideally the objective of any social scientist. Those who wish to comprehend the nature of serial killers will not find all their answers here, but they may find some questions that our humanity dearly needs to be addressed; the most important part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on October 17, 2009
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I am not a student but I find all forensic sciences fascinating. This book has many case studies that include both male and female serial killers. Most interesting and disturbing are the interviews with the killers. While most blame everyone else for what they did, they still provide insight into who they really are and what drives them. I believe this book is an excellent source of information for students and non-students alike.
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