Labeled as the crime of the 1990’s, serial murder is predicted to remain the crime of the first decades of the new millennium. This book brings together the perspectives of acknowledged experts in the field along with those of emerging authorities on serial murder. The chapters offer a unique look at these crimes from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Accessibly written, this compelling volume includes information on minorities and serial killing, as well the manner in which serial killers are traced and tracked.
Part I: What is Serial Murder? The Character and the Extent
Serial murder is relatively new in the United States, and the study of the serial killer is even newer. Not until the 1980s was there serious literature devoted to the topic. Certainly, true-crime stories were written about murders, but seldom was a connection made between the crimes and the possibility of a serial killer being the perpetrator. Actually, there was a formula used to ensure that the article or book would be accepted by the true-crime genre. One part of the formula included the apprehension and punishment of the killer or killers. Seldom mentioned were cases that depicted several victims fatally dispatched over a period of time; in ...