Offering a unique and interdisciplinary focus on the roots of violence, Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications explores cutting-edge research on the etiology, nature, assessment, and treatment of individuals who commit violent crimes. This edited volume covers the foundations of criminal behavior, offers a balanced discussion of both environmental and biological research, and includes articles written by top researchers and scholars in the field. In Part I, Violent Crime examines the origins of violence, including family and other social factors, media violence, genetics, biochemistry, and head injuries. Part II delves into research on specific subgroups of offenders, including sex offenders, domestic violence perpetrators, murderers, and serial murderers. Part III focuses on issues related to victimology, prevention, and the treatment of violent offenders.

Key Features

Draws from a wide range of disciplines, including criminology, sociology, biology, medical science, genetics, clinical psychology, and psychiatry; Introduces students to cutting-edge research on genetic, biochemical, and traumatic brain injury-related causes and correlates of violent crime; Presents a systematic introduction to the current state of the field (and its likely future) through articles from leading researchers in the various subfields of violent crime; Includes case studies with salient, fascinating examples of actual crimes and criminals to help students understand key points; Offers an international focus, with authors from Canada, England, Greece, and Spain, as well as from the United States; Provides end-of-chapter learning aids, including summaries, discussion questions, Internet resources, and suggestions for further reading

A must-read for any student of criminological research, Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications can be used as a core or supplementary text in undergraduate and graduate courses on Violent Crime, Interpersonal Violence, and Social Deviance.

Serial Murder

Serial murder

The phenomenon of serial murder, although a rare form of homicide, has attracted an increased degree of interest in the last decades. Theodore Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Henry Lee Lucas, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono (the “Hillside Stranglers”), David Berkowitz (the “Son of Sam”), Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”), and Albert DeSalvo (the “Boston Strangler”) are a few of the serial killers that have both terrorized and fascinated the public.

Case Study: Dr. Harold Shipman

Harold Frederick Shipman (1946–2004) does not fit the stereotype of the serial killer. He was a British general practitioner who was the most prolific serial killer in the United Kingdom. His victims were most often elderly women (about 80% of his victims were female). His youngest victim ...

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