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Serial Killers by Peter Vronsky
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Mar 19, 12

bookshelves: true-crime, general-non-fiction

Repetitious, similar to a cable TV show that keeps breaking for commercial and then returning to repeat the last 10 minutes of what the viewer saw just before the commercial. The book could have been cut by a third and been more effective. Also, I sensed a bias by the author (or his research) against women. There are many references to "domineering mothers" as a common characteristic of serial killers but only one that I can remember that made reference to the possible role of fathers in a child's development. Even if Vronsky had said, "There is no data linking a boys relationship with his dad to his likelihood of becoming a serial killer" it would have been an improvement, but to just leave the dads out of it made me skeptical. It also doesn't help that Vronsky has written a forward to the book letting his readers know in the first paragraph that he doesn't have any qualifications as an expert on serial killers. Credibility is important in works of non-fiction.
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