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Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil

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On an internationally acknowledged Scale of Evil, these are the worlds worst serial killers. The qualifications for entry to this list of the vilest criminals of all time are a propensity for sadism, torture and murder without a shred of remorse.

Using expert evidence, this book looks behind the shocking headlines and delves into the minds of monsters. What drove them to cr
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Paperback, 208 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2021 by Pen and Sword True Crime (first published March 18th 2010)
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JEN A
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an ARC Review - release date is 30 May 2020


This book had some very interesting takes on serial killers from around the world. I found it interesting to read about serial killers outside of the United States. This is obviously a dark topic and not everyone will be in the mood to read such a novel. I found the writing a little bit choppy and sometimes the story is hard to follow. It was also interesting to me that Jeffrey Dahmer was not included in this book of serial killers. Overall ther
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JEN A
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had some very interesting takes on serial killers from around the world. I found it interesting to read about serial killers outside of the United States. This is obviously a dark topic and not everyone will be in the mood to read such a novel. I found the writing a little bit choppy and sometimes the story is hard to follow. It was also interesting to me that Jeffrey Dahmer was not included in this book of serial killers. Overall there were some interesting facts that I learned from t ...more
Amy
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil is absolutely fascinating. This is the second book I have read by Nigel Blundell and I am far from disappointed. I was ecstatic to learn of the serial killers in other countries. Some I actually had not heard of and others made my jaw drop. That doesn't happen too often anymore. As macabre as it sounds, I really enjoyed this book.

Thanks to Netgalley, Pen & Sword, and Nigel Blundell for an ARC in return for an honest review
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
SENSATIONALIST NON-FICTION WITH NO POINT WHATSOEVER

"A notorious murder site always presents a problem. It attracts attention from sick and warped minds and often becomes a regular tourist attraction."


I this this quote is was offended me the most about this book - because the author points the finger at others while committing the exact same crime as he accuses them of. He calls those, who are fascinated by serial killers 'sick and warped' - I would say the same about him, but add tha
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Danni The Girl
I absolutely loved reading this book. It has been exactly what I have been looking for. It is only a very short read so really quick to read. It doesn't mess around with any waffle, it is straight in and gives you all the hard facts. Some serial killer books give, I think, too much information that I don't necessarily need to know/ not interested in. This is to the point, and gives you the right amount of information on loads of different serial killers around the world. There has been some real ...more
Madara
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ok... It's really hard to review something like this.
I think most people want to know what makes murderers and serial killers tick. What makes a human being kill another human being. And then another. And another... Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil takes a look at some of the worst people that have walked this earth.
I had to take breaks while reading this book. Yes, I've heard about most of the cases that this book covers but it still hits hard. Especially when the victims are kids. That b
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Lyndie
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was a fairly decent compilation of some of the worlds most evil serial killers. I enjoyed the fact that the book was not just restricted to the United States. At times the writing was a little bit choppy and some sentences were either repeated or left incomplete.

The chapters did a decent job in giving background on the various individuals and their crimes. I was shocked that certain killers didnt make the cut. I would have liked to see Jeffrey Dahmer, Edmund Kemper, Gary Ridgeway,
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SHHHjeanisreading
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I had a fascination about serial killers’ stories.
I want to know how they think. And what drove them to commit such unthinkable acts.

It was a fast and easy read.
Most of the stories in it, I already know.
The way it was written was a bit hurried I believe.
The author wants to dump all the information in a few paragraphs so it felt forced.
But it’s an interesting read all in all. .
Rebecca Hill
The best book on serial killers yet!

If you love reading about serial killers, then you are going to LOVE this book! I was drawn in from the first page and could not stop reading! Nigel Blundell goes into the crimes of the selected serial killers, giving a complete rundown, to the arrest and trial of each killer.

The many different killers that are profiled in this book are among some of the worst that we have ever seen, and they are drawn from all over the globe. In this book, you can travel fr
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Debbie Littley
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The world is full of some sick and twisted people and within these pages Nigel Blundell has collected some of the very worst.
Well written without playing to the subjects ego's so as to limit the notoriety most of these killers strive for, it is an interesting look at some of the most heinous crimes and the perpetrators the world has ever produced and seen the likes of such depravity.
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Amber Archambault
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book was very informative and interesting. I know alot about the serial killers in The United States, but I knew very little about serial killers from other countries. It was nice to learn some new facts that I was not aware of until I read the book!!
Lizz (Beer, Books and Boos)
I have a little obsession with true crime and serial killers but it mainly those in the US. I loved reading about other serial killers from the different countries. This is a dark book and it might not be from some people but if you are like me then you will enjoy this book. There were a few killers that I thought would have been if the in this book but if the author put in ever killer then the book would be very long. I would be reading more from Nigel Blundell in the future.

Disclosure: I recei
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Catherine Leonard
This Book was sent to me via NETGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was very pleased to be selected to read this book, I have a great interest in True Crime, Criminology and Serial Killers, and have read various books and materials regarding the subject.

This book, I feel is maybe best suited to someone who is just starting out on the subject.
There are many chapters, each focusing on a different person/people who have made history as some of the worlds most evil killers.
Amongst the more ‘ce
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Kristin Sledge
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I was granted my wish for this title I was ecstatic! I have always been interested in things I can't seem to understand, like how someone can be so physically and even mentally cruel to another human being. A part of me feels like if I could just crack the code that I could find a way to better the world, but the more I learn about these individuals the farther away I get from ever reaching an understandi
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Luna
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have always had a fascination about serial killers and the reasons and psychology behind their actions. This book has satisfied my curiousity on this topic since it covers serial killer cases from all over the world. It provides the readers with the background story of the killers and the horrific crimes they have commited. It's a very comprehensive and binge-wothy book, especially recommended if
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Alexx
This was a great read! Loved getting to learn about other serial killers from different parts of the world. Also, it was interesting to know how the authorities caught these criminals. And at the same time, it was also interesting to learn about the different moments of incompetence and negligence that happens then until now.
Trish R. Ali
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil is a dark collection of famous serial killers from all over the world. For someone who is fascinated with this genre, I find the book quite well written however there are some parts that doesn't seem to flow seamlessly. This book is informative and for I believed it is an update from the previously published book. A must for fans who likes reading about serial killers.

I was gifted a copy by NetGalley, however the views here are of my own.
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Once Upon a Biblio
**I received this from NetGalley for an honest review. **

I enjoyed reading about the variety of murderers throughout the ages, not just in the States. Some were familiar to me while others I never heard about. I was really excited for this book because I enjoy true crime. It let me down though because it gave me just a taste before pulling back.

What happened to the victims? Where are they today? What were the possible triggers?

For me this was written like an overenthusiastic teen writing as mu
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Deborah MB
Nigel Blundell’s "Serial Killers: The World’s Most Evil" continues his ‘World’s Most’ series. In itself, the volume is a made up of chapters, each one dedicated to a serial killer/pair of serial killers whose cruelty, as ranked by Dr Michael Stone’s “Scale of Evil”. However, the author only refers to either Dr Stone or his work in a couple of instances. There is also a very summary review of what are the measuring factors to the scale, making it nigh on irrelevant pseudo-justification. It makes ...more
Janet
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a "zillion games" of scrabble, done a "zillion crosswords" and I AM BORED!!!)

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the
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Catherine Leonard
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This Book was sent to me via NETGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was very pleased to be selected to read this book, I have a great interest in True Crime, Criminology and Serial Killers, and have read various books and materials regarding the subject.

This book, I feel is maybe best suited to someone who is just starting out on the subject.
There are many chapters, each focusing on a different person/people who have made history as some of the worlds most evil killers.
Amongst the more ‘ce
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J Earl
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil by Nigel Blundell is a brief overview, based on Dr Michael Stone's Scale of Evil, of the most evil killers. The review copy I had didn't include the brief introduction to that scale though it is referred to as being at the start of the book, so readers unfamiliar will have access to what that entails.

First, what this is not. For readers of Ann Rule and other true crime writers who recount the crimes almost like fictional stories, this may disappoint a little
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Carolyn
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book gives a brief synopsis on various serial killers the world over, many of whose names will be familiar to most of us, but other names possibly not. I chose to read it because of a lifelong fascination (for reasons I know not) with true crime, and from a psychological viewpoint, the perpetrators of such crimes. However, I soon realised that had I had the opportunity to glance through the pages, I would have realised it wasn't for me.

If you have a passing interest in serial killers or tru
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Heather Gadd
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Growing up, the Green River Killer was our bogeyman, he wasn't caught until I was in high school, by a man I knew as Officer Reichert, who would come to my elementary school and talk to us about stranger danger. In my adult years I would watch a movie about this man and the strides he took to capture one of the most evil men in the world. My stepbrother remembers seeing Ridgeway at lunch when he worked Boeing. As a pastor, my father once counseled a family of one of Rideway's victims. It's a gam ...more
Kristin Sledge
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I was granted my wish for this title I was ecstatic! I have always been interested in things I can't seem to understand, like how someone can be so physically and even mentally cruel to another human being. A part of me feels like if I could just crack the code that I could find a way to better the world, but the more I learn about these individuals the farther away I get from ever reaching an understand
...more
Stacy Sarling
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
On an internationally acknowledged Scale of Evil, these are the world's worst serial killers. The qualifications for entry to this list of the vilest criminals of all time are a propensity for sadism, torture and murder without a shred of remorse.
Using expert evidence, this book looks behind the shocking headlines and delves into the minds of monsters. What drove them to crime? What turned seemingly ordinary members of society into sick slayers. How did they self-justify their heinous deeds? And
...more
Lynsay Tervit
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a high level view of a number of serial killers, devoting a short chapter to each with a synopsis of their crimes and how they were caught and punished. The author has made loose attempts to link this back to a ‘Scale of Evil’ that was developed by a psychologist working in this field, but I felt like this almost got forgotten about quite a lot, and only really got mentioned when a serial killer was noted as being on th
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Bekah B
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would describe Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil as a collection of summaries of serial killers and their crimes. The book isn't very long and so can't really go into much depth but does provide just enough details to peak the readers' interest. If you are a true crime fan like me then there's a high chance you will already know some of these serial killers but, I did discover a few new ones that I haven't heard of and my appetite was for more was stoked. I think we all have our favourite ...more
Soozee
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting, if slightly sickening, roll call of the world's most evil killers - mainly culled from America and Britain but with a few from further afield. The stories cover all the basic facts, from the circumstances of their birth and upbringing, to a catalogue of their crimes and how they were caught.

One thing that stands out for many of these killers is how 'ordinary' they appeared to family, friends and colleagues - how surprising it was when their crimes were revealed. I was als
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April McClements
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Serial Killers: The World's Most Evil by Nigel Blunder.
This book summarises and retells the stories of some of the most evil serial killers in history. Using Dr Michael Stone's scale of evil as a referencing point as to why Blundell selected certain killers to be in his book, each serial killer is discussed from early life to eventual capture. Opening with the notorious "Toy Box" killer David Parker Ray and ending with killer doctors such as Dr Harold Shipman, known as "Britain's biggest-ever s
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Nigel Blundell is a journalist who has worked in Australia, the United States and Britain. He spent 25 years in Fleet Street before becoming an author and contributor to national newspapers. He has written more than 40 books, including best-sellers on crime and royalty. He co-wrote the Top Ten exposé Fall of the House of Windsor, which first revealed the so-called ‘Squidgygate’ tape and the infide ...more

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