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Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill

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The idea that a person might suddenly snap and slaughter large numbers of people has become part of our cultural understanding through events such as the Columbine High School massacre and the D.C. Sniper case. But this image of the sudden turn from ordinary citizen, quiet neighbor, or non-descript teenager to mass murderer is generally false. People who go out one day and ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 30th 2005 by Praeger (first published January 1st 2005)
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Brenna
Mar 06, 2010 Brenna rated it really liked it
In essence, Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill is a popular “quasi-psychology” title. The book delves not so much into the cognitive aspects as to what makes a person go on a murderous rampage, but retells various news articles in which such incidents took place.

The book basically breezes through many specific (yet different) incidents as a way of illustrating a point, though the point itself is given even lighter treatment than the case studies. In fact, 9/11 is given the same ba
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Linda
Jun 19, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
My undergraduate minor was in psychology and I've always been fascinated in WHY people do the things they do. Is it genetics? Is it upbringing? Is it a brain malfunction? Is it something else? So I tend to collect books like this to see what the latest findings are. I've had this one for awhile - I've been more interested in serial killers - but the recent killings in Orlando made me bring this out and read it.

Ramsland teaches forensic psychology so is in a good position to give some insight. Th
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Christina
Sep 11, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book that talks about various mass murderers.
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