The Human Predator

The Human Predator

A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation

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When we think of serial killing, we tend to think of it as a perversion of contemporary society. The Human Predator makes an eye-opening case for the existence of serial killers throughout time--the motives and methods, the societies that spawned them, and the historical periods in which they lived . . . and killed.

From Ancient Rome and the Dark Ages to the open roads of America, from the exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such high-profile monsters as Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wuornos, Katherine Ramsland offers a complete chronological record of the serial-killer phenomenon--and the parallel development of psychology, forensic science, and FBI profiling in the serial killer's evolving manifestation throughout human history.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2013, c2005.
Edition: Premium ed.
ISBN: 9780425265536
Characteristics: xxiii, 456 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,19 cm.


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Jun 29, 2010

This is a really comprehensive look at serial killers over the ages. It gives quite a bit of background information on what is happening in any given timeline. It is not an easy read though: that is the one drawback. For someone who does not like a lot of extra details, it might be a little hard to get through. Despite that, the subject matter is interesting and the author also gives some insight (in the last couple of chapters) as to why murderers are geared this way and what compells them to kill.

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