How Murder in Mind Works
Murder in mind is a new series from Marshall Cavendish. Each issue sets out the facts of each case clearly and without bias, so that you can see into the mind of the murderer and understand for yourself what makes a killer tick.
The story of the crime and its investigation is told in five chapters - you can look at the contents page for a short guide to how each story develops, then follow it through page by page to learn how the murder or murders were committed, how the killer was caught, what happened at the trial and, in many cases, the fate of the killer after conviction.
Other characters will be explored - the police who helped capture the killer, the lawyers who represented him, family, friends and neighbours - in the quest for a full understanding of what really happened. Each issue also includes the following regular sections:
To understand how one person can murder another, questions about the killer's background have to be answered. How was he or she brought up? Who or what were the important influences on their early life?
A violent or abusive childhood can have a powerful effect on a person's future actions and behaviour. Beginnings investigates the murderer's life from birth up to the time of their first crime.
Crimes do not exist in isolation from the wider social context in which they occur and every case of murder provokes all sorts of psychological, political and social debates. For example, controversy still rages over whether potentially violent schizophrenics should be let loose in society.
Perspectives examines all the issues and provides an overview of murderers and their crimes.
Madman or sadist? Man or monster? What turns an ordinary person into a killer? Was the mass poisoner Graham Young mad or sane? Was Rosemary West under the spell of Fred West, or a killer in her own right? Did the Yorkshire Ripper really hear voices from God? Insight asks leading criminal psychologists to probe the mind of each murderer in order to provide an understanding of what drives a person to kill.
Providing a strong visual emphasis to each issue, this feature takes a pictorial approach to an important aspect of each case through the use of photographs, maps and illustrations.
In the case of mass killer Dennis Nilsen, for instance, a portfolio of photographs reveals the interior of his flat - the scene of some of his ghastly deeds.
Getting the full picture
Each issue of Murder in Mind examines a single case in depth and gives you the story behind the headlines - without sensationalism. …