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Inside the Minds of Serial Killers: Why They Kill

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There are many cultural myths about serial killers, often propagated even by mental health professionals. Many assume there is a profile of a serial killer, that serial killers always go for the same victim type or always use the same MO, that they are more clever than ordinary people, and that they are inevitably charming and attractive. The truth is not as simple as that ...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Praeger Publishers
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Dec 31, 2014 oleeleeo rated it it was amazing
Clean, concise writing style. Very comprehensive presentation of well known violent criminal offenders (and not so well known) that offers some explanation as to what leads some down this dark path.

The takeaway from this book (presented in the beginning of the book and reinforced throughout via expert opinion and statistics) is this: not all serial killers are loners live on the fringes of society. The myth that they are easy to spot or fall into a pat category could not be further from the trut
Nov 17, 2014 Nadia rated it really liked it
It was an interesting read. Nothing shockingly new, but it was put together pretty nicely. Most of the stuff I knew from different series and movies related to serial killers theme, but it was nice to see that they actually were pretty well grounded. If you want to know more details you should probably read other more specific books, but this one was pretty good in summoning things up. Why person have urges, why he starts acting on them, why relatives don't suspect anything or why they occasiona ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Larisa rated it it was amazing
Enlightening from many points of view, this book pesents numerous examples in each chapter which is structured in a fluid and detailed way. Unlike other criminal-psychology books, even he/she who knows as little as nothing of psychology can comprehend it and very little research could be needed on the reader`s behalf.

I recommend reading this book especially if you are a psychology or a criminal-psychology student. Other than that, I found it to be fairly accessible also to a public intended on
Feb 06, 2008 Meaghan rated it really liked it
A decently written and researched study, covering all different types of serial killers including some obscure ones. I did notice a few minor errors, but nothing serious. This book would be suitable for the intelligent layman and has a good bibliography.
Jan 13, 2010 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: skimmed
This book has some interesting insights and has categorized serial killers by type--lust, greed, psychosis, etc.
I think I enjoyed reading the bibliography most of all. The book as a whole can't decide if it's academic or not.
Hence the skimming.
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Oct 08, 2012 Stacy Green rated it really liked it
Love all Katherine Ramsland's books. She does a great job of telling us about the psychology without overwhelming readers with technical terms. Definitely recommend.
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