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Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1412980319
ISBN-10: 1412980313
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"Northeastern University criminal justice professors Fox and Levin distinguish serial murder from mass murder and note five distinct motives: power, revenge, loyalty, prfit, and terorr.  [They] discuss all of this in some detail, but the main impression they leave is that it is difficult to generalize about serial killlers orm ass murderers  Recommended." (D. Harper Choice Magazine)

"The authors provide a well-constructed introduction to the plethora of subjects that attribute to the multifaceted extreme types of murder...In sum, this book provides a comprehensive overview of multiple homicide and provides case examples to illustrate commonalities between types or as a means of differentiating between forms of extreme killing" -Laura Barrett, Sam Houston State University (Laura Barrett) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, has written 18 books, including Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College. He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and writes the “Crime and Punishment” blog for The Boston Globe. In addition to giving keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court, Fox has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He was awarded the 2007 Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty and the 2008 Klein Lectureship by Northeastern University.



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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2 edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412980313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412980319
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this title for anyone who is really interested in learning about serial killings and mass murders and such things as that. It is really easy to read and HIGHLY entertaining if you're into that type of stuff!!
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Interesting book. I purchased in for a college course. Not something I would have ordinarily purchased if it weren't a requirement for my course but over all actually a pretty good read.
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By Sarah on November 2, 2013
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We use this book for my serial killers class. I like that it reads more like a lecture than a textbook but provides tons of information.
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Amazing book by an amazing author. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the topic.
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Fox and Levin are leading authors in the field of criminolgy. Jack Levin's books on hate crimes are among the best academic work on the subject and I assign them to my students. That's why I was surprised at the non-academic tone of this book. It utilizes some research but reads more like a true-crime book, full of all the gory (and super-gory) details. It's too much to ask students to read (although the sections on profiling are very good). The sources used are also questionable. Dr. Joyce Bothers? The worst is James Dobson, right-wing homophobe for Jesus and leader of the quasi-hate group, Focus on the Family, as an "expert" on the impact of pornography. Dobson has no place in an acedemic text, unless it's one of Levin's books on hate.

The "Massacres" section of the book has lots of valuable insights on mass murders and my students are reading it now, but if you are looking for the definitve research on serial killers, I would suggest Eric Hickey's "Serial Murderers and Their Victims." And hopefully the second edition of "Extreme Killing" will focus on the research.
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