Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer

Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer

Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer

Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer

Synopsis

The crime of mass murder is surrounded by myth, false assumptions, and misinformation. It is frequently sensationalized in the press, while the complex motivations of the perpetrator are ignored or soon forgotten. The mass murderer is rarely a crazed killer who lashes out against his victims in a mindless frenzy of violence. This book examines not only the crime of mass murder, but also the complex motivations of the mass murderer, presenting a completely new method of categorizing and analyzing the crime and its perpetrator. The evolving nature of the crime is examined in the context of actual case histories of mass murder in America. Kelleher's insights will be of interest to criminologists and anyone interested in the sociology of crime.

Excerpt

Politicians are perennially fond of reminding all who will listen that America has achieved a leadership position across an impressive array of human endeavors--that as a nation, we can claim preeminence in many things. What these politicians say about our national achievements is often true. Indeed, this country has attained greatness in many arenas of thought and endeavor since its inception, and particularly since the end of World War II. However, we have also plumbed the depths of our own dark nature in many other activities, such as homicide, serial killing, and mass murder. In these things, America has also attained preeminence.

We are a country that is committed to absolute freedom; as a nation, we loathe compromise. We regale in a fiercely independent citizenry; however, we are also quick to share our resources when fellow Americans are in need. We are ready to defend our values at any cost when we believe that our national security, principles, or pride are at stake. These are qualities by which Americans judge themselves and of which they can be justifiably proud. They are fundamental to our culture and remain unquestioned from generation to generation. These cultural characteristics are assets that have become indigenous to our national soul and psyche. However, despite these straightforward and unambiguous qualities, we are not a simple people with an elementary culture. We are many, we are complex, and we are often aggressive, brutal, and covert. We are a nation of composites and complexities--generally good, but with much that is hidden away and unexplored.

We are also a nation that is steeped in violence. Our citizens murder each other in alarming numbers, and often in particularly heinous and vicious ways. Sadly, violence has been the American companion to progress throughout our history, and it remains so today as we approach the new millennium. We often look toward the future with confusion and a disturbing composite of fear and . . .

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