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Serial Killers (True Crime Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William Murray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A well-liked, respected, caring pillar of the community – or an outsider, socially inept and with a frightening appearance? Wearing many different masks, serial killers are among the most disturbing and dangerous violent criminals in existence.

They are individuals who have a history of multiple murders, normally committed over a long period of time and often with periods of apparent normality in between.

With their different appearances and motives serial killers are hard to identify and often much harder to understand. Yet they must be caught because the one unifying characteristic all serial killers share is their inability to feel remorse for their actions, and consequently their need to keep on killing...

Some profilers believe that serial killers don’t learn from their mistakes. This book explores the greed-factor that sets in and explains how killers come to think that the more they kill and get away with it, the easier it will become.

Product Details

  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press (August 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JHTH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So... August 16, 2011
By Joanzin
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This book is somewhat not what I expected. Don't get me wrong, there is alot of information in this book about many serial killers, but the book itself lacks depth from the stand point that it lacks alot of detail of each crime. It barely touches on each true crime, and only gives the most eventful highlights without any climax. It just the bare bones of each crime. I have read many other crime books and I must say that this one really lacked detail and depth. Don't get me wrong tho, if you are looking for a fast read book that is easy to skim thru to get basic facts of these notorious killers then this book is for you. If you want a wealth of detail with great depth, then read books by criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee. His books will blow you away! I am keeping this book in my collection tho...I consider it great for fast referencing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Review September 4, 2009
Im writing a quick review because it suprises me no ones reviewed this book yet. I bought this for 10 dollars at Barnes and Nobel and it was well worth the money. The book, which is 192 pages long, consists of pictures of serial killers and some of their victims along with 2-8 pages of their crimes. Ive skimmed over each chapter and the desriptions and crimes can be pretty graphic. Heres a couple of quick quotes:

"Ed Gein.... was driven to kill, mutilate, dismember and body snatch"

"They recorded her screaming and begging for her life on audio tape"

"Bad Jack had had his way with 33 boys and young men, but was Gacy really mad, or just really bad?"

There are 35 serial killers in all. A great reference and easily worth the money! Probaby not for the kids,then again it is on serial killers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh,,,, March 15, 2011
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Picked this up for my Kindle, nothing new here. Pretty much the same information available in a hundred other sources. There did seem to be too many personal assumptions, judgements, and guesses made by the author and presented as fact. Also, the author must be British... some of his spelling and word choices seemed odd to me as an American, not "wrong," just not what I'm used to. Anyway, the price was good, the book was decent. If you don't already have a wealth of information on serial killers and are looking for a place to start, this would be a good introduction, otherwise, it's just more of the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Factually Incorrect December 27, 2011
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I bought this book yesterday and regret it. It is not worth the 99c I paid for it! The author gives the most basic accounts of the killers, and is factually incorrect. For example Ted Bundy. His beetle was gold, and it was not his girlfriend who turned him in, he was renting a room from a woman and her son and she noticed the clothing. If you want an in depth look into killers in general I suggest you read Ann Rule. She actually worked with Ted and wrote an entire book called "A Stranger Beside Me". She is really good and has written a series of True crime books. This book is basically inaccurate information I could have gleaned off the net. Very disappointed.Serial Killers (True Crime)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! November 13, 2012
By Cobus
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Disappointing, not worth what I paid! Was advertised for 99c and I ended up paying $2.99 for it. Lacks info and depth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches the tip of the iceberg January 14, 2012
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A grand read about some of the most infamous killers of all time. Some of the names and cases I was very familiar with since I read a lot of true crime. Some other cases were new ro me. This is a book that wanted me to see what else I could find on some of the unfamiliar cases.
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By Bmaje
This book provides a good starting off point for those wanting to start reading up on serial killers, but the book doesn't cover any new ground and at times is too generic and broad. I wouldn't say it's a bad book, it is certainly worth a look, the earlier cases of Serial Killers are more interesting, but the reader just can't help feeling the book fails to add a new perspective, it's almost a theme with this book.

It's almost a companion piece those TV documentaries with the bad re-enactments.

Even the serial killers that were active for long periods of time only get a quick overview. Gary Ridgeway who started killing in the 70's and was caught in 2001 only gets a couple of pages. Another problem is the hack psychoanalytical "insights" the author uses from time to time about a possible cause for a particular serial killer.

With that said, I am a little biased over the content in this book, because I recently read Peter Vronsky's book on the same subject, and that explores a lot more areas concerning serial killers, and reading this book seems hollow in comparison.

I found the pre-WWII serial killer information to be a little more engaging, but the book starts getting more and more tedious as you progress.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad... June 16, 2011
By Yasmine
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I agree with some of the other users, it did have alot of cases that I had already read. But I think it's worth it for the cases that I didn't read or a few added details about famous cases (such as Gasey and Dahmer) that I didn't know. The language was a little too British for me so I took off a star because not everyone knows that kind of British slang... but oh well. Not a bad read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love true crime books
I love true crime books. This one was pretty decent as long as you're not looking for any details on the murders. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chatham CC
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by rebecca7977
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
Amazing summaries and photographs of some the most notorious killers! I even found out about some I didn't know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by aarchica
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
OK for quick reference.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddy Mac
Very good story and easy reading this book is very well written. The stories were interesting and to the point.
Published 13 months ago by Bridget Mcmullan
3.0 out of 5 stars Just O.K.
Stories were interesting, but they were too brief. A nice overview but the reader is left wanting to know more.
Published 14 months ago by Dr. Mark Carlson
3.0 out of 5 stars Better offerings on the topic to be found
It's okay - for starters to get information on the subject.
However I find the book is not well written, more like a set of articles from a news magazine. Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Schubert
4.0 out of 5 stars shocking
It was hard to put this book down. Sometimes I felt a little nauseated after reading about some of these killers. I find it hard to believe such evil.
Published 14 months ago by Aunts 34
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book is an interesting and great read. The author covered an array of serial killers. What makes this book more interesting is the variety of locations each serial killer was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Uriah Marriott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
If you like true crimes this is a good read. Really liked the diversity of the crimes the book had.
Published 16 months ago by david noble
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