Team Killers: A Comparative Study of Collaborative Criminals

Team Killers: A Comparative Study of Collaborative Criminals

Team Killers: A Comparative Study of Collaborative Criminals

Team Killers: A Comparative Study of Collaborative Criminals

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Murders committed by people working in teams are just as gruesome as those committed by killers who work alone — or even worse. As some of the examples in this book make plain, it can be just as chancy to accept a ride offered by a couple as it is to hop into a car driven by a single male. And, while we may like to assume that women are nurturers, their participation in such crimes often heightens the cruelty and sadism.

Building on the topics that are explored in my previous books, The Serial Killer Letters: A Penetrating Look Inside the Minds of Murderers, and Voices from Prison: Letters from Women Murderers, I have set out to examine the terrifying phenomenon of people who form a partnership and commit murder, and who then go on to commit more murders until they get caught. Simply stated, couples or groups that kill are most often found to be made up of individuals who have degenerate tendencies, but it is only when they come together that their combined personality becomes lethal. The French have coined the expression folie a deux to indicate a delusion shared by two emotion-

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