Synopses & Reviews
This book provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. Featuring coverage supported by extensive data and research, the book profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time, addressing the highest-profile serial killer type--the sexual predator--as well as a wide variety of other types (male, female, team, healthcare, and serial killers from outside the U.S.). Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of over 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder and discusses profiling and other law enforcement issues related to the apprehension and disposition of serial killers.
About the Author
Eric W. Hickey teaches criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Hickey has appeared on National Public Radio, Larry King Live, 20/20, Good Morning America, Court TV, A&E, and Discovery and Learning Channel documentaries to discuss his research on sexual predators, murderers, and serial killers. He also has served as a consultant to the UNABOMB Task Force and the American Prosecutors' Research Institute, and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. He conducts seminars for agencies involving profiling and investigating sex crimes, arson, robbery, homicide, stalking, workplace violence, and terrorism.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Phenomenon of Serial Murder. 2. Cultural Development of Monsters, Demons, and Evil. 3. Psycho-Genetics of Serial Murderers. 4. Social Construction of Serial Murder. 5. Sexual Predators, Paraphilia, and Murder. 6. Healthcare Killers. 7. The Male Serial Murderer. 8. Team Killers. 9. The Female Serial Murderer. 10. Victims. 11. Serial Murder from a Global Perspective. 12. Responding to Serial Killers.