Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon

Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon

Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon

Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon

Synopsis

This book provides a critical examination of the phenomenon of serial murder including the most recent research, estimates on the number of killers, a discussion on victims, and the psychology of the serial killer. Case studies are provided on the police response to the Yorkshire Ripper investigation, the "Gay" murders in Indianapolis, and the case of Henry Lee Lucas. The problems that serial murder presents for law enforcement investigators are analyzed and the variety of police responses to this crime are described. The future of serial murder investigation and serial murder research are presented in concluding chapters.

Excerpt

The authors of this book represent an eclectic variety of disciplines coming together with a central focus--serial murder. The domain assumptions and current research efforts of criminology, victimology, sociology, psychology, computer science, oral history, police science, geography, and systems analysis are all found within these pages.

This work will present the reader with a careful development of state-of-the- art theory and research on the phenomenon of serial murder. The various chapters provide firm analytical bases for future study and research by social scientists into this elusive phenomenon. A synthesis of current literature and research is presented first, followed with special focus upon analysis of incidence and prevalence estimates, the etiology of victimization, and an overlooked psychopathology, dissociative states. Case studies of serial murderers provide the reader with micro-analyses resulting from both nomolithic and idiographic methodologies. The current law enforcement responses to serial murder are then presented in the form of a taxonomy followed by a discussion of the problem of linkage blindness. The work concludes by looking to the future of serial murder research and investigation. References are provided for each chapter and a comprehensive bibliography on serial murder concludes the work.

There is a caveat to the reader with no apology. The title of this work, Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon, is not a "foregone conclusion" hidden from . . .

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