Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer

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McClelland & Stewart, 1995 - Psychology - 317 pages
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In this classic study, Elliott Leyton challenges the conventional idea of serial murderers as deranged madmen. He explores the twisted – but comprehensible – motives of a half-dozen notorious killers: Edmund Emil Kemper, Theodore Robert Bundy, Albert DeSalvo (“The Boston Strangler”), David Richard Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”), Mark James Robert Essex, and Charles Starkweather. In the process of describing their crimes Leyton exposes the cold rationality that underlies their apparent pointlessness. The result is startling: a revelatory text on a deeply troubling topic. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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User Review  - Jordan Brown - Goodreads

Wow... What can I say? I read this as a required course text in university for a course in Sociology / Anthropology and I loved every page! This is a thorough text, a great analysis and history of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pellegrino - Goodreads

One of the few studies on serial killers the examines the sociological factors that produce them rather than offer the tired old psychological explanations limited to an individual's deranged mind. Read full review

About the author (1995)

Elliott Leyton is a professor of anthropology at Memorial University in Newfoundland. He holds research and faculty appointments in Ireland and England, has delivered lectures throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada, and is a past president of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association. Because of his recognized expertise in the psychology of the multiple killer he has established close links with police forces around the world. His books include Dying Hard, The Myth of Delinquency, Hunting Humans, Men of Blood and Touched by Fire (with photographer Greg Locke).

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