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Peter Vronsky

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PETER VRONSKY is an author, filmmaker, and forensic-investigative historian. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the history of espionage in international relations and criminal justice history.

Peter Vronsky is the author of a series of books on the history serial homicide: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004); Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007); Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present (2018)- a New York Times Editors' Choice; and most recently, American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000 (2021).

He is also the author of Ridgeway: The American-Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada, the definitive history of Canada's
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FINDING A SERIAL KILLER’S SECRET LAIR FROM THE 1970s

[image error]I had one of strangest experiences ever in New York this week as convicted serial killer Richard Cottingham, the “Times Square Torso Killer” guided me along its streets from his cell in Trenton via the Department of Corrections-approved app JPAY.  It wasn’t instant because JPAY/DOC reviews all the communications, but it was relatively interactive.   I could send him pictures from the

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The book was scheduled to release in December 2020, but due to COVID-related printing facility shortages was postponed to February 9 at the last minute.
Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky
"The techno-humanitarian balance hypothesis and the war-induced irreversible activation of the reptilian brain — if I'll remember anything from this book, besides Jesse Pomeroy and Martin Dumollard and a few other specific cases (*ahem* Richard Cottin" Read more of this review »
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"Peter Vronsky has a way of writing what is essentially an encyclopedia of serial killers in an entertaining way that lay people can understand. His tone is conversational and the topics are interesting and timely. "
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A good exploration of the makeup and characteristics of a serial killer. The book starts a bit slow, but there is plenty of quality information available throughout the book" Read more of this review »
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“Few would disagree that Herbert Mullin, who thought he was saving California from the great earthquake by killing people, and Ed Gein, who was making chairs out of human skin, were entirely insane when they committed their acts. The question becomes more difficult with somebody like law student Ted Bundy, who killed twenty women while at the same time working as a suicide prevention counselor, or John Wayne Gacy, who escorted the first lady and then went home to sleep of thirty-three trussed-up corpses under his house. On one hand their crimes seem "insane," yet on the other hand, Bundy and Gacy knew exactly what they were doing. How insane were they?”
Peter Vronsky, Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

“Suddenly a million males, most of whom had been raised under the tenets of Western Judeo-Christian values but had rarely ventured beyond their hometowns, were catapulted thousands of miles overseas among strangers into a savagely primitive world of warfare stripped of the rules and inhibitions of civilization. It was a mini Stone Age war but with machine guns and flamethrowers, in which our soldiers were called upon to behave like our primitive ancestors in a reptilian state of killing for survival.”
Peter Vronsky, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

“Most modern authors dealing with Erzsébet's life and crimes have produced works of fiction, including Jozo Niznansky's The Lady of Čachtice (1932); Kálmán Vándor's Báthory Erzsébet (1940); La Comtesse sanglante, by Valentine Penrose (1962), Alejandra Pizarnik's Acerca's de la Contessa sangrienta (1968); Comtesse de Sang, by Maurice Périsset (1975); Andrei Codrescu's The Blood Countess (1995); Ella, Drácula, by Javier García Sanchez (2002); Alisa Libby's The Blood Confession (2006); Alexandre Heredia's O Legado de Báthory (2007); The Countess, by Rebecca Johns (2010); Maria Szabó's Én, Báthory Erzsébet (2010); and The Blood Countess by Tara Moss (2012).”
Peter Vronsky, 2014 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology

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“Suddenly a million males, most of whom had been raised under the tenets of Western Judeo-Christian values but had rarely ventured beyond their hometowns, were catapulted thousands of miles overseas among strangers into a savagely primitive world of warfare stripped of the rules and inhibitions of civilization. It was a mini Stone Age war but with machine guns and flamethrowers, in which our soldiers were called upon to behave like our primitive ancestors in a reptilian state of killing for survival.”
Peter Vronsky, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

“For the media covering serial murder it is not the number of victims that counts anymore. But their celebrity status or credit rating. The trade off these days is one upscale SUV in the driveway for every 10 dead hookers in a dumpster.”
Peter Vronsky, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

“It was only in the mid-1970s, after Ted Bundy started abducting and killing middle-class white college girls at schools, shopping malls, ski chalets, national parks and public beaches, that the media suddenly began paying close attention.”
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