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Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives

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Who are the men committing the rising number of serial homicides in the U.S. -- and why do they kill? The increase in these violent crimes over the past decade has created an urgent need for more and better information about these men: their crime scene patterns, violent acts, and above all, their motivations for committing these shocking and repetitive murders.

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Published June 1st 1995 by Free Press
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Zach Fortier
Jul 20, 2013 Zach Fortier rated it it was amazing
I have used this as a reference for many cases I worked and to educate others. Ressler wrote the book on serial killers and understanding patterns. This book is a must in your library if you are a cop or want to be a cop, or perhaps just want to understand what is really going on at crime scenes and not watch police procedural cop shows that are no where near reality. I Highly recommend all of Resslers works
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Mar 10, 2011 Monzy S rated it it was amazing
Robert Ressler is my idol, he is a pioneer in behavioral analysis and criminal profiling and a very intelligent, fascinating man, great writer as well. The book is so interesting and educational!
A compilation of multi-authored journal articles from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and other sources, discussing various facets of sexual homicide and tracking the statistical results of a thirty-six person offender interview study. The book is intended for law enforcement officers and legal professionals, and the topics range from offender characteristics to crime classifications to post-offense behavior to recommended interview techniques, the role of the sketch artist in an investigation, ...more
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Great reference book for authors writng crime fiction
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What am I doing reading this book? I'm not law enforcement, or a detective, or a statistician... Yet here I am, writing about this very interesting book I just read... (Read the rest of my review on my blog at
Feb 05, 2008 James rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: True crime readers and writers
Sexual Homicide: Paterns and Motives is an excellent source for any investigator or person in need of information on processes of the killers mind. The book looks at the psychology of the offenders as well as the physical aspects identifying different types of offenders.
If you use or like this book Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crimes is a must have as well.
Jan 05, 2015 Nat rated it liked it
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While the authors have done much for the field, they aren't without their professional faults, which includes their research. I'm left wondering what happened to the journal article that was submitted based on this book, after it was rejected by the reviewers?
Lee Howard
May 05, 2013 Lee Howard rated it really liked it
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Because it's research-heavy, this was a bit dry. And the subject matter is disturbing. But it was fascinating and helpful to me in writing about a protagonist who's a killer.
Jan 27, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I read this for a project when I was in school for my bachelors and I must tell you it makes you think. I mean I know the world has sick people but this book makes it very clear.
Apr 30, 2012 Russ rated it it was amazing
One of the early definitive books on sexual homicide patterns and the begining of FBI profiling methods in linking serial crimes.
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It was quite good. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read about the true works behind shows such as Criminal Minds or Stalker
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I read this book for a criminal investigative analysis class. Very interesting.
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This is the real meat of some of the homicide studies
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A great research tool for novelists - I will buy this
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