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The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers Paperback – December 30, 2003
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Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can't hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of "Deviant, Deranged, and "Depraved, comes "the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.
Rigorously researched and packed with the most terrifying, up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers--from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, "trophies" to trading cards. Discover:
WHO THEY ARE: Those featured include Ed Gein, the homicidal mama's boy who inspired fiction's most famous "Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins better known as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a fifteenth-century cave-dwelling clan with an insatiable appetite for human flesh
HOW THEY KILL: They shoot, stab, and strangle. Butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and devour . . . and other methods of massacre too many and monstrous to mention here.
WHY THEY DO IT: For pleasure and for profit. For celebrity and for "companionship." For the devil and for dinner. For the thrill of it, for the hell of it, and because "such men are monsters, who live . . .
beyond the frontiers of madness."
"PLUS: in-depth case studies, classic killers' nicknames, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much, much more.
For more than one hundred profiles of lethal loners and killercouples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats-- this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening . . . and fascinating.
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The book's 402 pages of text are conveniently divided into 9 chapters plus 7 pages listing a rather thorough true-crime bibliography for about 100 individual cases, mostly SK-loners but perhaps 10% SK-couples or "family".
If this book is read cover-to-cover the reader encounters moderate redundancy -- but this is a literary devise seemingly required for the book's division into chapters which nicely explore all those elements of the lengthy sub-title (who, what, where, how and why) plus intriguing chapters on sadism, extreme perversions as cannibalism, methodology, profiling, and an exceptionally spirited coverage of SK culture.
This book is a treatise with cross-referencing of "everything you ever wanted to know about serial killers," with lots of gruesome details on lust-killers, torture, etc. Were one to choose a single book on SK, this one by Schechter stands out, and the price is right. The only technical error I noted was the name of the acids hydrochloric vs sulfuric (HCl page 265, and H2SO4 page 334) used by J. G. Haigh, the "Acid-Bath Killer".
Who, what, where, how en why ... You will find the answer in this book. Excellent for true crime addicts. 5 star
I also found his "why" chapter a complete let down. The discussion in this all important chapter was superficial. Also, he quickly dismisses the "bad seed" idea and basically pins the behavior of serial killers on bad family backgrounds. OK right. I am sure a bad family background definitely contributes but its not going to lead to the completely out of this world deviant behavior exhibited by these people. There is obviously a "bad seed" component which in the modern era we would refer to as genetics.
He does give some credence to the idea the two may be related, i.e. these people had rotten family backgrounds (abuse in childhood or bizarre behavior by parents) because of a bad family genetic history. But the idea is not explored enough. The fact is millions of people grow up with abusive parents, and Albert Fish was not alone in the boarding school when he suffered abuse as a child. So what made Albert Fish grow up to be a complete freak while his fellow boarders presumably grew up normal or at least not as serial killers? Obviously there is a biological cause. Three things that were missing from this chapter were a discussion of brain imaging, more detail and genetics, and the Robert Hare psychopathy test. For example- hasn't functional MRI been tried on some of these people?Read more ›
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This is a great book for anyone who is a layman and is fascinated in the totally ridiculous and sickening world of serial killers. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Alex Underwood
I didn't know what to expect with this book. I loved it. I knew a lot about Serial Killers but this book digs deeper. This is a book that I can listen to over and over. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Randi Staab
A concise yet comprehensive summing-up of the analysis of serial killing to date. Schechter's views on the subject are a welcome antidote to the self-righteous tone of so many... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lavaughn
Gives quick little tidbits of the different subjects many times throughout and doesn't really give a full report of the different murderers. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Terri Vitz
Interesting read very informative, divulges into many cases and has a lot of information on the subjects it focuses onPublished 2 months ago by elice trandell
This is a well written book. Exactly what I was looking for. I have read a few books prior and he definitely elaborates more, as well as share different cases to make it make much... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer