Serial Killers and Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World's Most Barbaric Criminals

Serial Killers and Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World's Most Barbaric Criminals

by Nigel Cawthorne


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Revealing portraits of the most notorious killers of our time:

•Jeffrey Dahmer
•The Zodiac Killer
•Dr. Harold Shipman
•Son of Sam
•The Columbine Killers
•Charles Manson
•The Night Stalker
•The Yorkshire Ripper
•Ted Bundy
•Charles Starkweather
•The Boston Strangler

Serial Killers & Mass Murderers takes you into the minds of the criminals who committed the world's most notorious and horrifying crimes. Each of the sadistic murderers profiled here was once known simply as someone's neighbor, co-worker or child. What turned them into killers? In one chilling chapter after another, this book profiles a terrifying succession of homicidal maniacs and asks the question, "What makes them tick?"

"The refrigerator contained meat, including a human heart, in plastic bags. There were three human heads in the freezer. Two more skulls were found in a pot on the stove. Another pot contained male genital organs and severed heads, and there were the remains of three male torsos in the trash."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569755785
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 01/25/2007
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 209,108
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne has 28 years of experience as a writer and editor. He has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books on subjects as diverse as skiing, computing, finance, fashion, sex, war, politics, art, music, engineering, science, history, crime and American football. His work has also appeared in over a hundred and fifty newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1. Natural Born Killers 9
2. Boston Strangler 35
3. Sniper in the Tower 41
4. The Zodiac Killer 57
5. The Family 79
6. The Moors Murderers 93
7. Ted Bundy 103
8. The Yorkshire Ripper 109
9. Son of Sam 115
10. Dennis Nilsen 131
11. The Dingo Case 155
12. The Night Stalker 165
13. Hungerford 171
14. Lesbian Vampires and Satanic Cults 181
15. Jeffrey Dahmer 193
16. The House of Horrors 201
17. Doctor Death 211
18. Columbine 235

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Serial Killers and Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World's Most Barbaric Criminals 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
MandaRae29 More than 1 year ago
One horrendous slaying after another, this is a book composed of several stories of cold blooded killers and their darkest actions. It explains their individual lifestyles growing up, and includes how they were viewed throughout their lives, pre-murderer, by those who were around them. For each killer, their tactics are as unique as their motives. However, some have no motive at all, they just act without thinking. This book is for the person who wants information on some of the most famous killers, without the bias of the media. Author Nigel Cawthorne provides the hard facts, without his biased opinion laced within, and without hiding the information in which the media either softens or removes from their presentation of the same story. That is what I appreciated most about this book, however, it made it slightly hard to stomach at points. Actions described within the pages are those which only an unstable mind could create. Cawthorne is most popularly known for his Sex Lives series, as well as his Prisoner of War series, his Old England series, and his Art series. He is the author of over 80 novels and has also contributed to The New York Times and The Guardian. I would rate this book at 4.5 stars out of 5, for it's overall content.
Guy56 More than 1 year ago
This book had several chapters, one chapter on a different serial killer. The killers were also from different parts of the world. The information on each killer was concise but yet had enough detail to tell what they did and their general behavior. At one point I got off track and looked up more information about one of the killers since I had not heard of them before. On the downside -- at no fault of the author, there are several parts in the book where a partial sentence is reprinted for no apparent reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to tell me, in depth, about the serial killers and mass murders. Each chapter is just step by step, telling you what happened. No detail or emotion involved. He went and killed this person, then shot that guy. No depth, although it was interesting to read. It did tell about the victims and what happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A informative book about some well known US and European serial killers. It give the back stories and lives up to the start and end of their killing sprees. The book does go into graphic detail (no crime scene photos) about the murders and sex crimes committed. I recommend this book, it was a good easy read, definently not for children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not written incredibly well, but content-wise, it is an excellent overview.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading and learning about serial killers and murderers is a guilty pleasure of mine, and it doesn't take much for me to enjoy a book on the subject. This may be the first book about serial killers I've read that I disliked.  The author jumps all over the place. Other reviewers have likened it to a "high school paper", and I would have to say that that description is rather accurate. Paragraphs seemed to follow each other with no rhyme or reason. There would be a few paragraphs relating to one topic, then suddenly a completely unrelated paragraph would follow, then it was back to the original topic. Slightly disorienting. Moving on from that were the grammatical and factual errors. There were misspellings and places where punctuation was wrong, something I tend to just brush off during a good book, but since I'm writing a  review, I wanted to point it out. In the chapter regarding the mass murderer Michael Ryan, the first page listing facts stated the reign of terror was August 20th, however, once you got to the actual story, you find out it all happened on the 19th. I understand that isn't life-altering, but I just don't understand how you'd get the date wrong, especially when you turn the page and the correct date is right there. (Who edits these books?) I've read a lot of books regarding the Columbine shootings, and consider myself semi-knowledgeable on the subject, so when the first paragraph of their chapter stated that Eric and Dylan chose April 20th as their day of attack because it's Hitler's birthday, I literally had to set my book down and take a few deep breaths before continuing to read. (The attacks were planned for the 19th. At the last minute they pushed it back to the 20th because they had not received all the ammo they needed. It had absolutely nothing to do with Hitler and his birthday.) He also seemed to lump Eric and Dylan together, they were never their own person. "They" made bombs, when in fact, only Eric did. "They" loved Hitler, when in reality, only Eric did, and his obsession with Hitler bothered Dylan. Bottom line: not worth your money or your time, would not recommend to anyone who wants any information above the bare minimum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read. A quick look at several known killers, and a few you didn't know as well.
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Selvatico More than 1 year ago
Fascinating review of the horrific events experienced by their victims. I read this in an attempt to identify recurring themes of neglect, etc., in each subject's youth. I did not find a clear formula for the making of a monster. Some of these cases were unknown to me inasmuch as they occurred in Europe.A good read, perhaps not before bedtime.
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