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Serial Murderers and their Victims

Serial Murderers and their Victims
Author: Eric W. Hickey
ISBN 13: 9780495600817
ISBN 10: 495600814
Edition: 5
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2009-06-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
List Price: $160.95

Used as a teaching tool in universities and by law enforcement personnel, Hickey's (criminology, California State U., Fresno) text assists readers in understanding the nature of violence, criminal personalities, and victim-offender relationships, and in understanding serial murder within the contemporary social context. The fourth edition is updated with new research and new profiles—including materials on the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington; an expanded treatment of both emerging theory and compelling policy questions; a broader cultural perspective through the inclusion of a new chapter on multiple homicides in Japan and in South Africa; and new sections on homosexual serial murders and on serial murder among African Americans, as both victims and offenders. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Hickey (criminology, California State University, Fresno) profiles numerous serial killers, including the Columbine killers, Josef Mengele, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Jack the Ripper, Ted Kaczynski, and many less well known. He groups them by type (male, female, team killers), and presents the cultural, biological, psychological, social, and global perspectives on their behavior. Though prominently mentioned in the title, only one chapter is dedicated to describing the victims of these crimes. The companion CD-ROM includes the text of this book and several others, allowing electronic access to biographies, photographs, and investigative tools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)