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"Noting that generalizations often fail and debunking the idea that serial killers have a distinct profile, Ramsland details the wide variety of motives behind serial murder. She notes that the study's purpose is not to categorize them, but explore their motives, such as lust, omnipotence, glory, delusions, rage, profit, or no purpose at all. She also provides a history of the topic in the first chapter." — Reference & Research Book News

"Inside the Minds of Serial Killers is successful in dispelling some myths about serial killers and outlines the tremendous variations in motives and methods among such criminals….[t]his book is likely to be interesting to the general public." — PsycCRITIQUES

"In the area of psychological research on serial killers, Dr. Katherine Ramsland has distinguished herself as a unique thinker with a fascinating approach to case analysis. Anyone who takes this subject seriously should read this book." — Robert K. Ressler, former FBI Profiler, author of Whoever Fights Monsters and I Have Lived in the Monster

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Katherine Ramsland has a masters degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a masters degree in clinical psychology, and a PhD in philosophy. She has published twenty-seven books, including Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers, The Science of Cold Case Files, The Criminal Mind: A Writers Guide to Forensic Psychology, The Forensic Science of CSI, and The CSI Effect. With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary she coauthored The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators among Us, and with law professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead. In addition, Ramsland has published over three hundred articles on serial killers, criminology, and criminal investigation and was a research assistant to former FBI profiler John Douglas for The Cases that Haunt Us. She writes forensic articles for Court TVs Crime Library and teaches forensic psychology as an assistant professor at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275990990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275990992
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having studied serial killers for a number of years, it was quite refreshing to read a book that utilized scientific research and cited numerous resources to back up her comments about why serial killers kill. Ramsland provided numerous examples of the various types of killers and avoided the televised stereotypes that are often assigned to serial murderers. She wrote in a clear and objective voice that drew the reader into her narrative. This book is a must-read for those interested in true crime, as well as those looking for something that might be useful in academic settings.
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Very insiteful book. Must have for anyone interested in serial killers. Borrowed from the library and it was so full of information that I bought it for future reference. I hope to one day figure out a way to identify and possibly stop serial killers and I feel this book will be a big help to me.
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The topic never gets old as you delve into the type of deviance and the studies on how they develop and kill. Ramsland writes well and is never boring.
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Arrived as described, book is great will def help me in my career choice. Def would do business again!
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