A Criminological Guide and Theoretical Analysis of Serial Killers and Infamous Murders

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Copyright: 2020

Pages: 424

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Much of the general public’s knowledge of serial killers is a product of sensationalized and stereotypical presentations in the media. It’s time to break free of what we think we know and draw our information from factual analysis.

Serial Killers provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of multiple murders, using known cases, such as those of Samuel Little and Joseph DeAngelo Jr. Its core aim is to answer the “Why” behind the actions of serial killers of the past, highlighting theoretical explanations grounded in a diverse field of social sciences: anthropology, psychology, economics sociology, and criminology. Presenting a conceptual framework for explaining the violence serial murderers commit, the publication inspires critical and creative thinking to ultimately grow the reader’s criminological insight and reinforce empathy for the victimized.

Serial Killers features:

  • a continual theme that the “past is prologue:” history helps illuminate the acts of future serial murderers.
  • a systematic dismantling of the serial killer stereotypes surrounding race, gender, religion, social status.
  • and more!

1. Introduction: What is a Serial Killer?

2. Killing for Money (or, not all serial killers are lust murderers) 

3. Couples Who Kill (or, not all serial killers are loners) 

4. Female Serial Killers (or, not all killers are male)

5. Men and Serial Murder (or, not all masculinities and motivations are the same)

6. Race and Serial Killing (or, not all killers are White)

7. The Role of Religion in Serial Killing (or, the myth that killers are Satanists, atheists or the non-religious)

8. Medical and Health Professionals Who Kill (or, not all killers use bloody and brutish killing techniques

9. Future Directions

10. Catching a Serial Killer: An Oral History with Investigators Who’ve Tracked Serial Killers

John Paul

John Paul received his PhD in sociology from Oklahoma State University. His teaching and research interests include the sociology of sport and the sociology of culture, as well as alternative sporting, religious, and artistic subcultures. In addition to his academic research, John engages in applied research, doing consulting work with various criminal justice agencies, using sport and art as modes of correctional reform.

He is a social scientist and applied practitioner with research interests in the areas of crime, social inequity, and justice. He has worked most recently as a domestic violence prevention expert, an embedded criminologist for several law enforcement agencies, and as a police patrol officer.

Michael Birzer

Michael Birzer is a professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. He specializes in biased based policing, police operations, and evidence based police practices. Professor Birzer provides training and operational guidance to police agencies on a regular basis. Birzer was the 2016 recipient of the Wichita State University President’s Venture award for his proposal to bring the Wichita/Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center to campus, where it sits today. He has published 14 books on policing and criminal justice, and over 75 scholarly journal articles and technical reports. Prior to entering academia, he served in law enforcement retiring at the rank of lieutenant from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Holland

Robert Holland is an associate professor of Criminal Justice at WSU Tech. He specializes in police operations and criminal procedures. Prior to entering academia, he served in law enforcement retiring from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department after 28 years of service and a total of 35 years in the field. This is his first published textbook.

Much of the general public’s knowledge of serial killers is a product of sensationalized and stereotypical presentations in the media. It’s time to break free of what we think we know and draw our information from factual analysis.

Serial Killers provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of multiple murders, using known cases, such as those of Samuel Little and Joseph DeAngelo Jr. Its core aim is to answer the “Why” behind the actions of serial killers of the past, highlighting theoretical explanations grounded in a diverse field of social sciences: anthropology, psychology, economics sociology, and criminology. Presenting a conceptual framework for explaining the violence serial murderers commit, the publication inspires critical and creative thinking to ultimately grow the reader’s criminological insight and reinforce empathy for the victimized.

Serial Killers features:

  • a continual theme that the “past is prologue:” history helps illuminate the acts of future serial murderers.
  • a systematic dismantling of the serial killer stereotypes surrounding race, gender, religion, social status.
  • and more!

1. Introduction: What is a Serial Killer?

2. Killing for Money (or, not all serial killers are lust murderers) 

3. Couples Who Kill (or, not all serial killers are loners) 

4. Female Serial Killers (or, not all killers are male)

5. Men and Serial Murder (or, not all masculinities and motivations are the same)

6. Race and Serial Killing (or, not all killers are White)

7. The Role of Religion in Serial Killing (or, the myth that killers are Satanists, atheists or the non-religious)

8. Medical and Health Professionals Who Kill (or, not all killers use bloody and brutish killing techniques

9. Future Directions

10. Catching a Serial Killer: An Oral History with Investigators Who’ve Tracked Serial Killers

John Paul

John Paul received his PhD in sociology from Oklahoma State University. His teaching and research interests include the sociology of sport and the sociology of culture, as well as alternative sporting, religious, and artistic subcultures. In addition to his academic research, John engages in applied research, doing consulting work with various criminal justice agencies, using sport and art as modes of correctional reform.

He is a social scientist and applied practitioner with research interests in the areas of crime, social inequity, and justice. He has worked most recently as a domestic violence prevention expert, an embedded criminologist for several law enforcement agencies, and as a police patrol officer.

Michael Birzer

Michael Birzer is a professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. He specializes in biased based policing, police operations, and evidence based police practices. Professor Birzer provides training and operational guidance to police agencies on a regular basis. Birzer was the 2016 recipient of the Wichita State University President’s Venture award for his proposal to bring the Wichita/Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center to campus, where it sits today. He has published 14 books on policing and criminal justice, and over 75 scholarly journal articles and technical reports. Prior to entering academia, he served in law enforcement retiring at the rank of lieutenant from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Holland

Robert Holland is an associate professor of Criminal Justice at WSU Tech. He specializes in police operations and criminal procedures. Prior to entering academia, he served in law enforcement retiring from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department after 28 years of service and a total of 35 years in the field. This is his first published textbook.