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Serial Murder

Modern Scientific Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Elliott Leyton


632 pages

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This title was first published in 2000: Few areas of criminal activity have sustained such widely held attention as serial murder. This volume charts the complete progress of academic work in this field, detailing the development from the early domination of psychiatric enquiries to the later proliferation of criminal justice studies into the darkest of human behaviours.


'…a guide through the most important monographs which have appeared since the middle of the 1980s…an important aid in academic work…' Kriminologisches Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: The Study of Serial Murder: Cultural Overview: Herostratus, Jean-Paul Sartre; Son of Cain or Son of Sam? The monster as serial killer in Beowulf, Brian Meehan; Towards an historical sociology of multiple murder, Elliott Leyton. Origins of the Impulse: A study of serial murder, Constance McKenzie; Serial Murderers: early proposed development model and typology, Nancy L. Ansevics and Harold E. Doweiko; Detective magazines: pornography for the sexual sadist, Park Elliott Dietz, Bruce Harry and Robert R. Hazelwood; Adolescents' motivations for viewing graphic horror, Deirdre D. Johnston; Ideological homicide, R.S. Ratner. Criminological Analysis: A murder 'wave': trends in American serial homicide 1940-1990, Philip Jenkins; Serial murder in England 1940-1985, Philip Jenkins; Are serial killers special?, David Canter, Christopher Missen and Samantha Hodge; Multiple murder: a review, David M. Gresswell and Clive R. Hollin; Assessment of PTSD symptoms in a community exposed to serial murder, Michael J. Herkov and Monica Biernat. Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Law: American psychiatry and the criminal: a historical review, Seymour Halleck; The insanity plea: a futile defense for serial killers, Anne C. Gresham; Contributions of psychiatric consultation in the investigation of serial murder, John A. Liebert; The sexually sadistic killer and his offenses, Park Elliott Dietz, Robert R. Hazelwood and Janet Warren. Psychological Perspectives: A study of William Heirens, Foster Kennedy, Harry R. Hoffman and William H. Haines; The Bianchi (L.A. Hillside Strangler) case: sociopath or multiple personality?, John G. Watkins; Difficulties diagnosing the multiple personality syndrome in a death penalty case, Ralph B. Allison; On the differential diagnosis of multiple personality in the forensic context, Martin T. Orne, David F. Dinges and Emily Carota Orne; Towards a new methodology for making sense of case material: an illustrative case involving attempted m

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