Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

Serial Killers The Method and Madness of Monsters In this unique book Peter Vronsky documents the psychological investigative and cultural aspects of serial murder beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome through fifteenth cent

  • Title: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters
  • Author: Peter Vronsky
  • ISBN: 9781101204627
  • Page: 141
  • Format: ebook
  • In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the serial rampagIn this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the serial rampage killer such as Andrew Cunanan Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up to date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River Killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky s one of a kind books covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true crime phenomenon.

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    1. Dear Editor This is the Zodiac speaking.Ooooh creepy. Many people have a seemingly strange fascination with serial killers. What is it about bad boys that intrigues us? There are so many famous (or should I say infamous) criminals, and many of them have been the subjects of movies and literature for decades. What makes a person commit such heinous crimes? Are they born evil? How much can be blamed on mental illness? Is it bad upbringing that turns children into psychopaths? It's a combination of [...]

    2. This was a very interesting & intriguing book. It discussed an array of topics surrounding serial killers including what you can do to survive should you ever encounter one. I was really interested in the stories of some well known & some not so well known serial killers. However, what I was most interested in reading about was the chapters that talked about the different types & the proposed reasoning behind why they committed their crimes. Anyone who likes reading books about seria [...]

    3. This is absolutely the best book out there on serial killing. The way it is written you can crack open the book at any page and read through, like a tv show. He repeats sometimes a thought or a sentence in case you missed an important point in this random approach, but it does not hurt even if you read it from page one straight through to the end. I really like that he does not present himself as some kind of profiler expert but approaches the phenomenon of serial killers with fear and wonder fr [...]

    4. A rather scary read, with many 'scary' moments for me personally. The two episodes of the writer encountering two serial killers on separate occassions give me goosebumps. Many of the quotes Vronsky chooses to open his chapters make me shudder. A few examples:These crimes and offenses I committed solely for my evil pleasure and evil delight, to no other end or with no other intention, without anyone’s counsel and only in accordance with my imagination.—GILLES DE RAIS, Confession, 1440When we [...]

    5. Informative. I found the case histories fascinating, and there were even some tips on what to do if you're ever unlucky enough to be caught by a serial killer (hint: don't get in the car). I enjoyed learning about the pathology of psychopaths, although at times I felt Vronsky inserted his own biases too far into the text. For instance, I thought he was a bit defensive when it came to the possible role porn might play in developing serial killers. It's pretty clear he doesn't believe porn is detr [...]

    6. A gift from David to fuel my weird interest, and it's working. This one has taken me away from A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN and a personal account of the Bataan Death March. That's a compliment!Finally done - took long enough, but this was some dense material. The statistics in the early part of the book almost made me give up, but the author's short descriptions of select serial killers made up for it. Edmund Kemper will be a new interest for future reading. The pathology sections were interesting [...]

    7. This is possibly the best book on serial murder. The author's style is clear and flows very well, so it's easy to read despite the subject material. The history and psychology of serial murder are also worked out very well. My usual complaint with books on this subject is that they are written in some sort of sensationalist style. With this book, that is not the case. The only thing that can be dazzling to the reader is the amount of (now dated) statistic used. When I read this book for the seco [...]

    8. Very thorough. Peter Vronsky writes with flair, and doesn't just spit out the facts. Plus, he's had two random encounters with serial killers himself. Sometimes I skip the Introduction in books - don't do it with this one! The best book I've read on the subject.

    9. Serial killers have always fascinated me.*I know I'm not right in the head!*This book goes deep into why they do what they do. I don't think we will ever truly know the exact reason.

    10. Much like a common newspaper report, the book is broad in scope and full of sensational details, but lacks depth and thoughtfulness. After a few chapters, Vronsky’s background as a journalist becomes evident.I may have come into this book with high expectations. I had earlier done some research on serial killers (god knows there is tons of material online), and thought that a book that claims to “document the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder” would take m [...]

    11. Repetitious, similar to a cable TV show that keeps breaking for commercial and then returning to repeat the last 10 minutes of what the viewer saw just before the commercial. The book could have been cut by a third and been more effective. Also, I sensed a bias by the author (or his research) against women. There are many references to "domineering mothers" as a common characteristic of serial killers but only one that I can remember that made reference to the possible role of fathers in a child [...]

    12. As a fan of Criminal Minds (the television series), I read this book for two reasons. One, to understand the frequent references to the stories of various serial killers, and two, to get a better grasp of what criminal profiling/behavioral analysis at the FBI is really like. This book accomplished both purposes quite well. (Notable exceptions would be not discussing the cases of Son of Sam and the Zodiac Killer.) I'm not typically a non-fiction reader, but this book really captured my interest f [...]

    13. Really a book designed for those who really want to learn about serial killer workings, histories, and brain patterns. There is so much more to the monsters than meets the eye. You will find yourself Googling murders and news articles. A pretty disturbing book, but worth it. It took me a long time to finish this book because there isn't an adventure, and it's pretty rare for this type of book to find its way into my hands. I really did enjoy it.

    14. I highly recommend this book that has any interest or fascination into true crime, particularly serial killers. Lots of information.

    15. I have read hundreds of books about serial killers (for work purposes). This is one of the best. One startling fact is that Vronsky had bumped into a couple of the serial killers he later writes about, in hotel lobbies, before they were arrested. These predators are more plentiful than we care to acknowledge. Why do we refuse to accept the evidence of our eyes? I suspect because it's just too damn scary

    16. This was a good book with some interesting case histories on serial killers. The best feature was learning the different ways that are used to classify serial killers and the different types. There is a lot more variation than we see on TV and in the movies.I had some issues with long stretches of statistics that just felt plopped into the text. They would have been better served if the number could have been worked in as part of the narrative flow.Overall, not bad if you are interested in the t [...]

    17. Once I started this book I could not put it down!! There is so much information within the pages that it is almost a mind overload. There are so many killers throghout history. This book makes you wonder who you are talking too, what is in the mind of every stranger around you and how on this Earth we live in that there are so many demented and broken people who want to kill and do harm.Great read for any true crime or serial killer fan out there.

    18. Very interesting. Not only does it tell you brief histories of not only what the killers did, but also their own personal history (growing up and life story). I think it gives an unbiased view. And explains the FBI's profiling system in broad summaries and gives you a little history of the forensic psychology behind the killers.

    19. How serial killers tick, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood to first murder to repeated murder to subsequent capture or suicide or burn-out, everything is in this book, and, most remarkably, quotes from serial killers themselves and a whole chapter on surviving one in the unfortunate event of you ending up as one of the victims. Chilling.

    20. This book was excellent. It's well-written and incredibly well researchered, providing all kinds of up-to-date information, including lots of unbiased statistics. There's even a how to avoid being a victim chapter, something you hardly ever find. Loved it.

    21. As close as possible to being the definitive book on the history and classification of serial killers. A great reference book on the subject.

    22. An exceptional work on serial killers written by Peter Vronsky. Everything you need to know is packed in one book. - Паркуйте машину в хорошо освещённом месте.- Купите револьвер .38-го калибра и всегда носите его с собой. - Купите перцовый баллончик и доставайте его всегда, когда выходите из машины.Эти советы как обезопасить се [...]

    23. Peter Vronsky’s fascinating book is jam packed with an abundance of cultural, psychological, sociological and investigative insights into how and why serial killers emerge. The amount of detail and in-depth exploration in this work will certainly carry a reader into the dark unimaginable inner realm of human evil. And there in an abundance of case histories (some notorious, others less so, but still unimaginably horrific and disturbing) from which Vronsky cites. However, before he journeys int [...]

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