Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

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Berkley Publishing Group


A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicideincluding information on Americas most prolific serial killers such as:

Co-ed KillerEd Kemper The BTK Killer Highway StalkerHenry Lee Lucas Monte Ralph Rissell Shoe Fetish SlayerJerry Brudos Night StalkerRichard Ramirez Unabomber Ted Kaczynski Ed GeinThe Butcher of Plainfield Killer ClownJohn Wayne GacyTed BundyAndrew 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 onefrom 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, Vronskys one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon.