Fatal Violence

Case Studies and Analysis of Emerging Forms

By Ronald M. Holmes, Stephen T. Holmes

© 2010 – CRC Press

212 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2010-06-23
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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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


About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General