Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money

Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money

Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money

Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money


"What any body is--and is able to do--cannot be disentangled from the media we use to consume and produce texts." ---from the Introduction.

Kristin Arola and Anne Wysocki argue that composing in new media is composing the body--is embodiment. In Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment), they have brought together a powerful set of essays that agree on the need for compositionists--and their students--to engage with a wide range of new media texts. These chapters explore how texts of all varieties mediate and thereby contribute to the human experiences of communication, of self, the body, and composing. Sample assignments and activities exemplify how this exploration might proceed in the writing classroom.

Contributors here articulate ways to understand how writing enables the experience of our bodies as selves, and at the same time to see the work of (our) writing in mediating selves to make them accessible to institutional perceptions and constraints. These writers argue that what a body does, and can do, cannot be disentangled from the media we use, nor from the times and cultures and technologies with which we engage.

To the discipline of composition, this is an important discussion because it clarifies the impact/s of literacy on citizens, freedoms, and societies. To the classroom, it is important because it helps compositionists to support their students as they enact, learn, and reflect upon their own embodied and embodying writing.


This book is about serial murder but it takes a very different approach from the other works on this subject. The basic premise of this work is that a significant amount of serial murder is partly if not entirely motivated by money. There are most likely multiple motives behind multicide, as serial slayers seem to vary. Some kill for sex, others to wield power and still others want to communicate a message to the world. In many cases there may be multiple motives. I argue that profit-motivated serial slayings ought to be included in our definitions and understanding of serial murder.

Commercial motives have been noted in serial murder cases throughout history. This book provides a dozen cases of profitmotivated serial murder which are representative of hundreds of similar cases over the years. The problem is that some definitions and typologies of serial murder specifically exclude commerciallyoriented repetitive killings as being included in this category. As a result there are distorted and inadequate understandings as to what can and cannot be considered as serial murder.

This Introduction addresses several main points to justify why a book such as this is necessary. Because of the plurality of definitions and the fact that some exclude consideration of commercial serial murder, it is argued that we should include profit-motivated repetitive homicides as serial murder.

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