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Extreme Killing

Extreme Killing, Third Edition gives a comprehensive overview of multiple homicide, including both serial and mass murder. James Alan Fox and Jack Levin are renowned experts and authors in the field and they bring their years of research to bear in this fascinating analysis of serial, multiple and mass murder. They examine the theories of criminal behavior and apply them to a multitude of mass and serial murderers from around the world, such as Adam Lanza (Newtown, CT), James Holmes (Aurora cinema), Anders Breivik (Oslo, Norway), Charles Manson ("Helter Skelter"), and Dennis Rader (BTK). This book involves the readers in the the commonalities and variations among multiple murders; addresses the characteristics of both killers and their victims; and, in the concluding chapter, discusses the special concerns of multiple murder victims and their survivors.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Multiple MurderChapter 1: America's Fascination With Multiple Murder The Gein Legacy Multiple Murder in Popular Culture The Selling of Multiple Murder Craving Attention Killer Communication Killer Groupies The Impact of Celebrating Murderers Sensitize, Not SanitizeChapter 2: Defining Multiple Murder Mass, Serial, and Spree A Typology of Multiple Murder Theories of Multiple Homicide Social Learning Theory Routine Activity Theory Control Theory Applying the FrameworkPart II: Serial MurderChapter 3: An Anatomy of Serial Murder Prevalence of Serial Murder Extraordinarily Ordinary A Profile of the Typical Serial KillerChapter 4: With Deliberation and Purpose When Killing is Thrilling On a Deadly Mission of Terror or Revenge Killing for Expediency For Love and LoyaltyChapter 5: Murder Without Guilt Self-Control and Social Control The Sociopathic Personality The Culture of Sociopathy Empathy and Serial Killers Borderline Personality Disorder Normalcy in Serial Murder Rehumanizing the VictimsChapter 6: Partners in Murder Insanity in the Relationship Partners for Profit Partnerships of Men and WomenChapter 7: Killing for Company Placing the Blame Killing for Companionship The Functions of Cannibalism Desire for Total Control and OwnershipChapter 8: Fantasyland Keeping Souvenirs Normal and Abnormal Fantasies The Impact of PornographyChapter 9: The Making of a Serial Killer Childhood Suffering Testimony under Hypnosis Child Abuse and Murder Inordinate Need for Power Animal Cruelty and Violence against Humans Challenges of Predicting Serial Murder Biological Predisposition Blaming the FamilyChapter 10: Nonsexual Control Power over Patients Female Serial Killers Munchausen Syndrome by ProxyChapter 11: Killing Cults Killing for a Cause The Appeal of Dangerous Cults Suicide or Homicide? Satanism and Serial MurderChapter 12: So Many Victims Vulnerable Victims Preferred Catching the Serial Killer Behavioral Profiling VICAP DNA Lucky BreaksPart III: MassacresChapter 13: For Love, Money, or Revenge Relative Obscurity A Profile of Mass Killers Selective and Methodical When Love Kills Sweet Revenge Profiting From Mass Murder Explaining Mass Murder Contributing FactorsChapter 14: Family Annihilation A Profile of the Family Annihilator Impact off Unemployment Murdering Moms The Defiant SonChapter 15: Firing Back Profile of the Workplace Avenger The Impact of Frustration Mixed Motives Workplace Murder by Proxy Romantic Obsession Externalizing Responsibility Social Isolation Screening out Problem Workers Going PostalChapter 16: Schooled in Mass Murder Disgruntled Students A Global Perspective On to College The Role of Violent Video Games Shooting for Infamy Shooting for Infamy Adult Copycats Overstating the Copycat Effect?Chapter 17: Fighting City Hall Attacking the System Legal Battles Filing a Grievance Increasing AlienationChapter 18: Hate Motivated Mass Murder Choice of Victims A Life of Frustration Blaming Women The Killer as Victim Settling a Grudge With a Gun Minority Against MajorityChapter 19: Going Berserk Paranoid Thinking Confused State of Mind Long-Standing Mental Illness Civilian Battlefields Brain Abnormalities Deadly WeaponsChapter 20: Weapons of Mass (Murder) Destruction Mass Shootings and Gun Legislation School Shootings and Political Will/Won't The Assault Weapon Debate Expanded Background Checks Concealed Carry Armed Faculty and School Security A Final WordPart IV: EpilogueChapter 21: Remembering The Victims

About the Author

James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, has written 18 books, including Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College. He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and writes the "Crime and Punishment" blog for The Boston Globe. In addition to giving keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court, Fox has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He was awarded the 2007 Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty and the 2008 Klein Lectureship by Northeastern University. Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 31 books, including Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers-Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books and more than 150 columns in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Sunday London Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crime and Delinquency from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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