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American Serial Killers

By Peter Vronsky
  • ISBN Code: : 0593198824
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : True Crime
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Fans of Mindhunter and true crime podcasts will devour these chilling stories of serial killers from the American "Golden Age" (1950-2000). With books like Serial Killers, Female Serial Killers and Sons of Cain, Peter Vronsky has established himself as the foremost expert on the history of serial killers. In this first definitive history of the "Golden Age" of American serial murder, when the number and body count of serial killers exploded, Vronsky tells the stories of the most unusual and prominent serial killings from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. From Ted Bundy to the Golden State Killer, our fascination with these classic serial killers seems to grow by the day. American Serial Killers gives true crime junkies what they crave, with both perennial favorites (Ed Kemper, Jeffrey Dahmer) and lesser-known cases (Melvin Rees, Harvey Glatman).

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  • Pdf File: my-life-among-the-serial-killers.pdf

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Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. She has a physician husband, two children, and a thriving psychiatric clinic. But her life is much more than that. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as four hundred hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She did the last interview with Ed Gein, who was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards and gave her his paintings as presents. Then there was Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams; rapist turned murderer Bobby Joe Long; England's Fred and Rosemary West, who killed girls and women in their "House of Horrors"; and Brazil's deadliest killer of children, Marcelo Costa de Andrade. Dr. Morrison has received hundreds of letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims -- and the spouses and parents of the killers -- to gain a deeper understanding of the killer's environment and the public persona he adopts. She has also studied serial killers throughout history and shows how this is not a recent phenomenon with psychological autopsies of the fifteenth-century French war hero Gilles de Rais, the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess Bathory, H. H. Holmes of the late ninteenth century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties. Through it all, Dr. Morrison has been on a mission to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.

The Truth about Belle Gunness

By Lillian de la Torre
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504044576
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 311
  • Pdf File: the-truth-about-belle-gunness.pdf

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Edgar Award Finalist: The true story of the female Norwegian immigrant who led a secret life as a serial killer in the early twentieth-century Midwest. On the morning of April 27, 1908, the farmhand on a lonely property outside La Porte, Indiana, woke to the smell of smoke. He tried to rouse the lady of the house, the towering Belle Poulsdatter Sorenson Gunness, and he called the names of her three children—but they didn’t answer, and the farmhand barely escaped alive. The house burned to the foundation, and in the rubble, firemen found the corpses of Belle, her two daughters, and her son. The discovery raised two chilling questions: Who started the fire, and who cut off Belle’s head? As investigators searched the property, they uncovered something astonishing: The remains of a dozen or more men and children who had been murdered with poison or cleaver were buried beneath the hog pen. It turned out Belle Gunness was one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. And when the investigation revealed that the body found in the fire might not have been hers, the people of La Porte were forced to confront the terrifying realization that Belle might have gotten out alive. Nominated for an Edgar Award for best factual crime story, The Truth about Belle Gunness is based on extensive interviews with witnesses and residents of La Porte who knew Belle and her family. Perfect for fans of In Cold Blood or The Devil in the White City, it is a “magnificent [and] brilliantly written” exploration of a highly unusual murderer (The New York Times).

America's First Female Serial Killer

By Mary Kay McBrayer
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  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Book Code : 1642502081
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 945
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The Making of a Female Serial Killer For readers who are fascinated by how serial killers are made. This book is for listeners of true crime podcasts and readers of both fiction and true crime nonfiction. It is for watchers of television shows like Deadly Women and Mindhunter, who are fascinated by how killers are made. It’s for self-conscious feminists, Americans trying to bootstrap themselves into success, and anyone who loves a vigilante beatdown, especially one gone off the rails. America’s first female serial killer was not always a killer. America’s First Female Serial Killer novelizes the true story of first-generation Irish-American nurse Jane Toppan, born as Honora Kelley. Although all the facts are intact, books about her life and her crimes are all facts and no story. Jane Toppan was absolutely a monster, but she did not start out that way. Making of a serial killer. When Jane was a young child, her father abandoned her and her sister to the Boston Female Asylum. From there, Jane was indentured to a wealthy family who changed her name, never adopted her, wrote her out of the will, and essentially taught her how to hate herself. Jilted at the altar, Jane became a nurse and took control of her life, and the lives of her victims. Readers of America’s First Female Serial Killer: • Will gain insight into the personal development of a severely damaged person without rationalizing her crimes • Experience the rarely told story of a female serial killer • Understand that even monsters were humans, first If you enjoyed books such as In Cold Blood, Perfume, Alias Grace, or Devil in the White City; you will love reading America’s First Female Serial Killer.

America's First Serial Killers

By Wallace Edwards
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  • Publisher : BookCaps Study Guides
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 108
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 398
  • Pdf File: america-s-first-serial-killers.pdf

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★★★ Discover America's First Killers ★★★ They murdered. They stole. And they did it all to excess. Unlike other bandits of early America, they didn't do it for the money--they did it for the thrill and love of blood. They were the Harpe Brothers, and they have been called America's first true serial killers. In this gripping narrative, the crimes and the lives of America's most notorious sibling killers are documented like a page-turning novel.

Serial Killers

By Peter Vronsky
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101204621
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 559
  • Pdf File: serial-killers.pdf

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A comprehensive examination into the frightening true crime history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers such as: Ted Bundy • “Co-ed Killer” Ed Kemper • The BTK Killer • “Highway Stalker” Henry Lee Lucas • Monte Ralph Rissell • “Shoe Fetish Slayer” Jerry Brudos • “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez • “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski • Ed Gein “The Butcher of Plainfield” • “Killer Clown” John Wayne Gacy • Andrew Cunanan • And more... In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome through fifteenth-century France on to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, the BTK killer, Henry Lee Lucas, Monte Ralph Rissell, Jerry Brudos, Richard Ramirez, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the “serial rampage killer” such as Andrew Cunanan, who murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer but also makes concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one—from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky’s one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true crime phenomenon. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

The Killer Book of Serial Killers

By Tom Philbin,Michael Philbin
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  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1402241623
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 531
  • Pdf File: the-killer-book-of-serial-killers.pdf

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The Killer Book of Serial Killers is the ultimate resource (and gift) for any true crime fan and student of the bizarre world of serial killers. Filled with stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about the world's most notorious murderers, this is the perfect bathroom reader for anyone fascinated with serial killers. The stories and trivia cover such killers as: John Wayne Gacy Ted Bundy The BTK Killer Jack the Ripper The Green River Killer Serial killers around the world And many more Bathroom readers have enjoyed considerable success as a format, selling millions of copies. The Killer Book series brings this format to the rabid true crime audience. Including more than 40 black & white photos, this is a must for true crime fans.

The Bundy Murders

By Kevin M. Sullivan
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476639124
  • Total of Pages : 276
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 367
  • Pdf File: the-bundy-murders.pdf

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• “The foreword promises exclusive information and delivers. Through prodigious research, Sullivan sniffs out small details, like overlooked gas station receipts, to meticulously define the time line of Bundy’s killing spree. [He] also attempts to offer, when possible, well-rounded views of the forgotten women who were victims, sharing snapshots of their lives and personalities. Precise and fast-paced, this is a worthwhile addition to the existing Bundy canon.”—Booklist Reviews of the 1st edition: • “Despite the multitude of books about Bundy, The Bundy Murders offers fresh material and ideas about Bundy’s predatory movements. Well researched and highly recommended, for Bundy scholars and true crime fans alike.”—Katherine Ramsland, author of The Human Predator and The Devil’s Dozen • “Unearths new and horrifying evidence of other murders and graphic new details about the most notorious and fascinating serial killer of all time…provides the most in-depth examination of the killer and his murders ever conducted…a must-read for all true crime fans”—Dan Zupansky, author of Trophy Kill • “The Bundy Murders is scholarly and yet, at the same time, compelling and mesmerizing. Couldn’t put it down. This is crime writing at its very best!”—Gary C. King, author of The Murder of Meredith Kercherand Rage • “Kevin Sullivan has delivered a precise, knowledgeable chronicle of the life and death of America’s most recognizable serial killer. This highly accessible study gives context to the details of horror unleashed by the unfinished soul we know as Ted Bundy.”—Ron Franscell, bestselling author of The Darkest Night and Delivered from Evil • “The touchstone of accuracy and insight…never before revealed information on the grisly crimes of America’s most notorious serial killer…required reading for anyone interested in serial killers in general and Ted Bundy in particular.”—Burl Barer, Edgar Award winning author of The Saint: A Complete History in Print Radio Television and Film • “Sullivan’s book is the most comprehensive I have encountered on Bundy. He provides minor details and insights not provided by any other book on the subject, revealing subtle facets of the killer’s background and crimes which have previously gone unnoticed.”—Gary Brucato, coauthor, The New Evil: Understanding the Emergence of Modern Violent Crime • “Insightful, well researched, and well written…highly recommend[ed] for any true crime reader, or any reader wanting to know more about Bundy or about deviant personalities. In fact, this book should be required reading for any student of psychology or criminal law”—Psychotic State.com In this revised, updated and expanded edition, the author explores the life of Theodore Bundy, one of the more infamous--and flamboyant--American serial killers on record. Bundy's story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information about several murders is unveiled. The biography follows Bundy from his broken family background to his execution in the electric chair.

Using Murder

By Philip Jenkins
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  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Book Code : 1412840902
  • Total of Pages : 262
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 329
  • Pdf File: using-murder.pdf

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In the last decade, serial murder has become a source of major concern for law enforcement agencies, while the serial killer has attracted widespread interest as a villain in popular culture. There is no doubt, however, that popular fears and stereotypes have vastly exaggerated the actual scale of multiple homicide activity. In assessing the concern and the interest, Jenkins has produced an innovative synthesis of approaches to social problem construction. It includes an historical and social-scientific estimate of the objective scale of serial murder; a rhetorical analysis of the construction of the phenomenon in public debate; and a cultural studies-oriented analysis of the portrayal of serial murder in contemporary literature, film, and the mass media. Using Murder suggests that a problem of this sort can only be understood in the context of its political and rhetorical dimension; that fears of crime and violence are valuable for particular constituencies and interest groups, which put them to their own uses. In part, these agendas are bureaucratic, in the sense that exaggerated concern about the offense generates support for criminal justice agencies. But other forces are at work in the culture at large, where serial murder has become an invaluable rhetorical weapon in public debates over issues like gender, race, and sexual orientation. Serial murder is worthy of study not so much for its intrinsic significance, but rather for what it suggests about the concerns, needs, and fears of the society that has come to portray it as an “ultimate evil.” Using Murder is a highly original study of a powerful contemporary mythology by a criminologist and historian versed in the constructionist literature on the origins of “moral panics.”

Serial Killers

By Joni Johnston
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  • Publisher : WildBlue Press
  • Book Code : 1952225507
  • Total of Pages : 276
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 919
  • Pdf File: serial-killers.pdf

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A forensic psychologist answers true crime fan questions and reveals the terrifying truth behind the world’s deadliest serial killers. Serial killers haunt our dreams and inspire the terrifying villains of TV shows and horror movies. But how much do you really know about the minds behind the world’s deadliest killers? What drives these murderers to kill and kill again? And what fuels our fascination with the true stories of their horrific crimes? Now forensic psychologist, private investigator, and crime writer Dr. Joni E. Johnston brings you the answers to these questions and more! Serial Killers: 101 Questions True Crime Fans Ask dives into the case files of the most infamous murderers in history, and answers the questions true crime fans have been dying to ask . . .

The Sex Slave Murders 2

By R. Barri Flowers
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  • Publisher : R. Barri Flowers
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 155
  • Pdf File: the-sex-slave-murders-2.pdf

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From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of The Sex Slave Murders, comes a riveting new true crime short, The Sex Slave Murders 2: The Chilling Story of Serial Killers Fred & Rosemary West. The gripping tale chronicles the lives of Britain’s most infamous serial killer couple. Over the course of two decades, Fred and Rosemary West murdered more than a dozen young females. Most of the murders were sexually motivated and took place at the couple’s home on 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, in South West England. Only when the killers were brought to justice did their murderous reign of rape, torture, bondage, and terror come to an end. As a bonus, included is a complete true crime story on American serial killer couple Alton Coleman and Debra Brown, who during one hot summer claimed the lives of eight people during a shocking and murderous crime spree across multiple states in the Midwest. Also included are excerpts from The Sex Slave Murders, which recounts the frightening tale of married serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego, and the sex slave fantasies that fueled their kidnapping and murder of young women.

True Crime Chronicles, Volume One

By
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  • Publisher : WildBlue Press
  • Book Code : 1952225264
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 989
  • Pdf File: true-crime-chronicles-volume-one.pdf

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Original newspaper reports of Wyatt Earp, Belle Gunness, Billy the Kid, Dr. H.H. Holmes, and others compiled by the New York Times–bestselling author. Former detective and bestselling author Mike Rothmiller has brought together classic works of journalism that will take the reader back to when these horrific tales mesmerized a nation. Some may find these articles and their descriptions of people and crimes shocking by today’s standards, but they are representative of the most colorful true crime stories of the day. True Crime Chronicles, Volume One includes stories about Belle Gunness, who had a penchant for killing men and feeding them to her hogs, Dr. Holmes and his “murder castle,” The Bloody Benders, and Amelia Dyer, the “baby farmer,” the darker side of Wyatt Earp, and the forerunners of the American Mafia, “The Black Hand.” Imagine yourself accompanying these reporters visiting the crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, and penning the stories of murder, lynchings, evil, and swift frontier justice.