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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Edited by: Alexander Learmonth, Charlotte Ford, Julia Clark, John Ross Martyn
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Serial Murder

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ISBN13: 9781840144529
ISBN: 1840144521
Published: July 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Psychiatry held centre court in relation to studies into serial murder up to the 1980s. Since that time a more generalized and scholarly approach has been taken and this volume assesses current ways of researching and commenting upon serial murder.

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Part 1 Cultural overview: Herostratus, Jean-Paul Sartre; son of Cain or son of Sam? the monster as serial killer in ""Beowulf"", Brian Meehan; towards an historical sociology of multiple murder, in ""Hunting Humans - the Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer"", Elliott Leyton.
Part 2 Origins of the impulse: a study of serial murder, Constance McKenzie; serial murderers - early proposed developmental model and typology, Nancy L. Ansevics and Harold E. Doweiko; detective magazines - pornogrpahy for the sexual sadist?, Park Elliott Dietz et al; adolescents' motivations for viewing graphic horror, Diedre D. Johnston; ideological homicide in Thomas O'Reilly-Flemming (ed) ""Serial and Mass Murder: Theory, Research and Policy"", R.S. Ratner.
Part 3 Criminal analysis: a murder wave? trends in American serial homicide, Philip Jenkins; serial murder in England 1940-1985, Philip Jenkins; multiple murder - a review, David M. Gresswell; assessment of PTSD symptoms in a community exposed to serial murder, Michael J. Herkov and Monica Biernat.
Part 4 Psychiatric diagnosis and the law: American psychiatry and the criminal - an historical review, Seymour Halleck; the insanity plea - a futile defence for serial killers, Anne Gresham; contributions of psychiatric consultation in the investigation of serial murder, John A. Liebert; the sexually sadistic criminal and his offences, Park Elliot Dietz et al.
Part 5 Psychological perspectives: a study of William Heirens, Foster Kennedy et al; the Bianchi (LA Hillside strangler) case - sociopath or multiple personality?, John G. Watkins; difficulties diagnozing the multiple personality syndrome in a death penalty case, Ralph B. Allison; on the differential diagnosis of multiple personality in the forensic context, Martin T. Orne et al; towards a new methodology for making sense of case material - an illustrative case involving attempted multiple murder, David M. Gresswell and Clive R. Hollin.
Part 6 Gender issues: Jack the Ripper and the myth of male violence, Judith R. Walkowitz; female serial murderesses - a preliminary analysis, Belea T. Keeney and Kathleen M. Heide; the sexual component of serial murder in Thomas O'Reilly-Flemming (ed) ""Serial and Mass Murder: Theory, Research and Policy"", Candice Skrapec; feminist perspectives on serial murder - a critical analysis, Julei Cluff et al.
Part 7 Policing concerns: the lust murderer, Robert R. Hazelwood anbd John E. Douglas; rape and rape-murder - one offender and twelve victims, Robert K. Ressler et al; serial killers and their victims -identifying patterns through crime scene analysis, Robert K. Ressler et al; the presumptive role of fantasy in serial sexual homicide, Robert Alan Prentky et al.