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The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigationby Katherine M. Ramsland
Synopses & Reviews
When we think of serial killing, we tend to think of it as a perversion of contemporary society. The Human Predator makes an eye-opening case for the existence of serial killers throughout timeandmdash;the motives and methods, the societies that spawned them, and the historical periods in which they lived . . . and killed.
From Ancient Rome and the Dark Ages to the open roads of America, from the exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such high-profile monsters as Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wuornos, Katherine Ramsland offers a complete chronological record of the serial-killer phenomenonandmdash;and the parallel development of psychology, forensic science, and FBI profiling in the serial killerandrsquo;s evolving manifestation throughout human history.
Book News Annotation:
Challenging the assumption that serial killing is a part of and reaction to modern society, Ramsland (forensic psychology, DeSales U., Pennsylvania) presents evidence that the phenomenon has been around since the beginning of human history. She examines the evolving social attitudes that have affected serial murderers' motives, methods, and criminal careers in the context of their specific historical periods.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the author of "The Forensic Science of C.S.I.," a chronological analysis of serial killing is offered in the context of specific historical periods.
From ancient Rome through the Dark Ages to the burgeoning West to the open highways of urban America, from the unconscionable exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such all-American monsters as Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wournos, Katherine Ramsland makes an eye-opening case for the existence of serial killers throughout time, and offers a complete chronological record of the serial-killer phenomenon-as well as the parallel development of psychology, forensic science, and FBI profiling in the serial killer's evolving manifestation throughout human history.
About the Author
Dr. Katherine Ramsland has masterandrsquo;s degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and criminal justice, and a Ph.D. in philosophy. She has published forty-three books, including SNAP:Seizing Your Aha! Moments, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, The Mind of a Murderer, and The Forensic Science of C.S.I. With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, she coauthored The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us; with Dr. Henry Lee, she coauthored The Real World of a Forensic Scientist; and with Professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead. She wrote biographies of Anne Rice and Dean Koontz, and her Crimescape e-book, Psychopath, was a #1 Wall Street Journal nonfiction bestseller. In addition, Ramsland has published over 1,000 articles on serial killers, criminology, and criminal investigation. She is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, appears on numerous true crime documentaries, and writes a regular blog for Psychology Today.
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