From the Back Cover
World-renowned experts Fox, Levin, and Quinet explore the general theory of power and control as a central and unifying thesis for understanding why people kill.
Each chapter explores a different sub-type of homicide and the circumstances in which people kill each other. Case studies in each chapter use recent well-known examples that are relevant to public policy. The authors discuss how politicians use high-profile cases to change the criminal law or to secure funding for programs and policies to reduce violence, and how these high-profile cases shape public opinion about homicide.
The Will to Kill, Second Edition, includes three new chapters:
- Chapter 8, Medical Murder, examines homicides committed within health care settings.
- Chapter 11, Murderous Terror, includes the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 and discusses issues of homegrown forms of terrorism.
- Chapter 13, Catching Killers, reviews a wide variety of investigative approaches, especially DNA testing and behavioral profiling.
About the Author
Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 31 books, including Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books and more than 150 columns in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Sunday London Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crime and Delinquency from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Kenna Quinet is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Law and Public Safety in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Center for Criminal Justice Research. Her primary research interests are homicide, missing persons, unidentified dead, and unclaimed dead. Kenna was co-chair of the 2010 Program Committee for the American Society of Criminology's annual conference in San Francisco.