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In a real-life scenario straight out of The Silence of the Lambs, Robert Keppel went one-on-one with the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, who advised Keppel on the detective's highly publicized search for the elusive Green River Killer. Bundy's chilling revelations were chronicled in The Riverman, "a page-turner" (Ted Montgomery, Detroit News) praised by Ann Rule as "the definitive book on serials." But Ted Bundy wasn't the first killer of his kind — or the last.

Signature Killers

They leave telltale identifiers, their gruesome "calling cards," at the scenes of their crimes. They are driven by a primitive motivation to act out the same brutality over and over. With brilliant detection, high-tech analysis — and a little luck — they can be caught. But what does the signature killer seek from victim to victim? The answers are hidden among the grisly evidence, the common threads that link each devastating act.

Sparked by a growing concern over the steady rise of signature murders, Robert Keppel explores in unflinching detail the monstrous patterns, sadistic compulsions, and depraved motives of this breed of killer. From the Lonely Hearts Killer who hunted the most desperate of women in 1950s America, to the savage Midtown Torso Murders that stunned the NYPD, to such infamous symbols of evil as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Gacy, these are the cases — horrifying, graphic and unforgettable — that Keppel ingeniously taps to shed light on the darkest corners of the pathological mind.

About the Author

Robert D. Keppel is the chief criminal investigator for the Washington State Attorney General's Office. He has a Ph.D in criminal justice from the University of Washington and has been an investigator or consultant to more than two thousand murder cases and more than fifty serial murder investigations, including the Atlanta child murders and the Green River murders. With William J. Birnes, he is coauthor of The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer, published by Pocket Books.

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William Bohrer, June 9, 2008 (view all comments by William Bohrer)
The descriptions of the typology of serial criminals, and the behaviors associated with the categories is very interesting if you are fascinated by trying to learn what makes guys like this tick (and statistically it usually is men), but the explanation in the last few chapters, of what makes these guys tick, falls short of anything but mere description. The author appears to shrug his shoulders and say "choice". Some "diphasic personalities" as they are described, fall into a fantasy world at an early age and are too frightened to reach outside the fantasy to risk real relationships, as the theory goes. At puberty, the hormonal sexual urges push these fantasies and anger at being unable to connect with humans into a violent action. That's a fine description of *what* happens, but it does nothing to explain *why* some teenage boys turn into Ted Bundy, and others become Start Trek nerds, or Area 52 nuts, or any other kind of loner who's lost a grip on reality.
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Birnes, William J.
Birnes, William J.
Keppel, Robert D.
Keppel, Robert
Pocket Books
New York :
Mystery & detective
Criminal investigation
Homicide investigation
Serial murderers -- United States -- Case studies.
General True Crime
Murder - General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Pocket Books True Crime
Publication Date:
July 2002
Mass Market Paperbound
Grade Level:
7.39x5.12x.91 in. .95 lbs.

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