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Extreme Killing

Extreme Killing
Understanding Serial and Mass Murder

Third Edition

© 2015 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fascinating overview of both serial and mass murder illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty. Throughout the book, renowned experts James Alan Fox and Jack Levin 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, CO cinema), Anders Breivik (Oslo, Norway), Charles Manson (“Helter Skelter”), and Dennis Rader (BTK). Fully updated with new cases, new data, and the latest information, the Third Edition helps students understand 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.
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  
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

Very thorough with current examples. Easy to follow and understand

Dr Anita Black
Criminal Justice, King College
July 7, 2016

Adopting for a different module

Miss Marie Robbins
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
December 1, 2015

Excellent resource with lots of case studies to demonstrate the mind and thinking of a killer.
Highly recommended

Miss Sarah Bishop
Public Services, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
March 20, 2015

Interesting read but it lacks theoretical depth

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 2, 2015

This is a well written and interesting book. However, it's not suitable for the intended course. We are looking for something with more theoretical depth when it comes to trying to understand and explain "extreme killing".

Mr Peter Karlsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
December 11, 2014

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