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Extreme Killing

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Part I: Multiple Murder Chapter 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 Sanitize Chapter 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 Framework Part II: Serial Murder Chapter 3: An Anatomy of Serial Murder Prevalence of Serial Murder Extraordinarily Ordinary A Profile of the Typical Serial Killer Chapter 4: With Deliberation and Purpose When Killing is Thrilling On a Deadly Mission of Terror or Revenge Killing for Expediency For Love and Loyalty Chapter 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 Victims Chapter 6: Partners in Murder Insanity in the Relationship Partners for Profit Partnerships of Men and Women Chapter 7: Killing for Company Placing the Blame Killing for Companionship The Functions of Cannibalism Desire for Total Control and Ownership Chapter 8: Fantasyland Keeping Souvenirs Normal and Abnormal Fantasies The Impact of Pornography Chapter 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 Family Chapter 10: Nonsexual Control Power over Patients Female Serial Killers Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Chapter 11: Killing Cults Killing for a Cause The Appeal of Dangerous Cults Suicide or Homicide? Satanism and Serial Murder Chapter 12: So Many Victims Vulnerable Victims Preferred Catching the Serial Killer Behavioral Profiling VICAP DNA Lucky Breaks Part III: Massacres Chapter 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 Factors Chapter 14: Family Annihilation A Profile of the Family Annihilator Impact off Unemployment Murdering Moms The Defiant Son Chapter 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 Postal Chapter 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 Alienation Chapter 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 Majority Chapter 19: Going Berserk Paranoid Thinking Confused State of Mind Long-Standing Mental Illness Civilian Battlefields Brain Abnormalities Deadly Weapons Chapter 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 Word Part IV: Epilogue Chapter 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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