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This review is from: Of Men And Monsters: Jeffrey Dahmer And The Construction of the Serial Killer (Paperback)
Typical of postmodern "theory," the writing is needlessly complex, which, also typical of postmodernists, hides the fact that the author is substantively ignorant of the topic and has no insight to offer. If you can sort through the jargon, this book basically argues that serial murders would not happen if we just ignored the killers, because they are part of a "discursive" loop, in which the killers are a sort of performer who kill to please their audience, which is the public. The author is oblivious to work done in psychology, criminology, sociology, and FBI investigations. Overall, the book is a flight from reality, which would be humorous if the topic were not so serious.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2010 4:17:27 PM PST
This seems a little reductive. I didn't think Tithecott's ideas were entirely off base. In any case, is there a similar book on the subject that you would recommend?
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