1st Edition

Fatal Violence Case Studies and Analysis of Emerging Forms

By Ronald M. Holmes, Stephen T. Holmes Copyright 2012
    212 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    From serial murderers to parents who kill, Fatal Violence: Case Studies and Analysis of Emerging Forms provides an insider’s look at a phenomenon that has existed since the dawn of man and cuts across social/economic barriers and cultures. Offering a rare glimpse into the minds of predators and containing chilling details of motives and methods, this volume explores gang violence, serial and mass murderers, filicide, rape, workplace violence, school shootings, and hate crimes. It also delves into the unusual and shocking practices of vampirism and cannibalism.

    Bringing wisdom from years of studying killers and trying to understand the motives behind why these individuals do what they do, the authors present information that has previously gone uncovered or merely speculated upon. This fascinating volume includes:

    • Historical accounts of bizarre killers dating back to the 15th century
    • Psychological analyses of how a killer’s upbringing might have contributed to his or her actions
    • Criminal profiling theories in unsolved murders
    • Interviews with killers
    • Clues that suggest a person may engage in workplace violence
    • Myths about school shootings
    • Membership requirements for gangs and hate groups
    • Cultural factors that might incite youth violence

    Steeped in research, the book contains tables with demographic data and events, discussion questions to provoke further inquiry, and numerous references for further study, making it a compelling resource for professionals and academia alike.

    Personal Violence in the United States-Suicide
    Suicide in the United States
    Suicide in Cohorts
    Location and Suicide
    Occupation and Suicide
    Violent Crimes in the United States
    Property Crime
    Homicide Rates in the United States
    Effects of Exposure to Violence

    Street Gangs
    The Crips
    The Bloods
    Outward Signs of the Bloods
    Initiation and Organization
    The Latin Kings
    Other Major Gangs

    Motorcycle Gangs
    America’s Motorcycle Gangs: A Brief History
    Biker Violence in Other Countries
    Motorcycle Gangs in the United States: The "Big Four"
    The Outlaws
    Hells Angels
    The Bandidos
    The Pagans

    Serial Murder
    Initial Distinction of Serial Killers
    Types of Serial Killers
    Visionary Serial Killer
    Mission Serial Killer
    Hedonistic Serial Killer
    Power/Control Serial Killer
    How Many Serial Killers Are There?
    History of Serial Murder in the United States
    Theories of Serial Murder
    Organized versus Disorganized Serial Killers
    History of Serial Murder outside the United States
    Serial Killers in the United Kingdom
    Team Killers

    Vampires and Cannibals
    What Is a vampire?
    The Vampire
    The Rise in Popularity of Vampires
    True Vampires
    Vampire and Cannibal Organizations
    The Extent and Danger of Modern Day Vampires and Cannibals

    Mass Murder
    History of Mass Murder in the United States
    Types of Mass Killers
    Classification of Mass Murderers
    Family Annihilator
    Disgruntled Employee
    Disgruntled Citizen

    Parents Who Kill
    Why Do Parents Kill?
    Mothers Who Kill
    The Victims of Children Killed by Parents

    Violence in the Workplace
    Statistics and Stories of Murder and Violence in the Workplace
    Who Are the Perpetrators?
    Who Are the Victims?
    Occupations and Workplace Violence
    Police Killed in the Workplace

    Rape as a Weapon
    Why Do Men Rape?
    The Extent of Rape
    Victims of Rape
    Rape and the Law
    Characteristics of Rapists

    School Shootings
    Risk Factors
    Infamous School Shootings

    Hate Groups: The Ku Klux Klan, Skinheads, and Other Groups
    The KKK: An Introduction to Two Centuries of Hate
    Klan Activities
    Hate in the 21st Century
    Skinhead Groups in the United States
    The Internet and Hate
    Blogs, Twitters, and Chat Channels
    Immediate Access to the Entire World
    Finding Others of the Same Interests

    Youth Violence: An Alternative Explanation; The Cultural Transmission Hypothesis
    The Causes of Juvenile Violence
    The Cultural Transmission of Values Hypothesis
    Historical and Academic Roots of the Cultural Transmission
    The Extant Data
    Pathways for Further Research



    Ronald M. Holmes is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. Stephen T. Holmes is an Associate Professor and Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida.