- Presents interviews with offenders
- Describes motives behind different crimes
- Includes analyses of case studies
- Compiles the latest statistics
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From serial murderers to parents who kill, Fatal Violence: Case Studies and Analysis of Emerging Forms provides an insider’s look at a phenomenon that has existed since the dawn of man and cuts across social/economic barriers and cultures. Offering a rare glimpse into the minds of predators and containing chilling details of motives and methods, this volume explores gang violence, serial and mass murderers, filicide, rape, workplace violence, school shootings, and hate crimes. It also delves into the unusual and shocking practices of vampirism and cannibalism.
Bringing wisdom from years of studying killers and trying to understand the motives behind why these individuals do what they do, the authors present information that has previously gone uncovered or merely speculated upon. This fascinating volume includes:
- Historical accounts of bizarre killers dating back to the 15th century
- Psychological analyses of how a killer’s upbringing might have contributed to his or her actions
- Criminal profiling theories in unsolved murders
- Interviews with killers
- Clues that suggest a person may engage in workplace violence
- Myths about school shootings
- Membership requirements for gangs and hate groups
- Cultural factors that might incite youth violence
Steeped in research, the book contains tables with demographic data and events, discussion questions to provoke further inquiry, and numerous references for further study, making it a compelling resource for professionals and academia alike.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Personal Violence in the United States-Suicide
Suicide in the United States
Suicide in Cohorts
Location and Suicide
Occupation and Suicide
Violent Crimes in the United States
Homicide Rates in the United States
Effects of Exposure to Violence
Outward Signs of the Bloods
Initiation and Organization
The Latin Kings
Other Major Gangs
America’s Motorcycle Gangs: A Brief History
Biker Violence in Other Countries
Motorcycle Gangs in the United States: The "Big Four"
Initial Distinction of Serial Killers
Types of Serial Killers
Visionary Serial Killer
Mission Serial Killer
Hedonistic Serial Killer
Power/Control Serial Killer
How Many Serial Killers Are There?
History of Serial Murder in the United States
Theories of Serial Murder
Organized versus Disorganized Serial Killers
History of Serial Murder outside the United States
Serial Killers in the United Kingdom
Vampires and Cannibals
What Is a vampire?
The Rise in Popularity of Vampires
Vampire and Cannibal Organizations
The Extent and Danger of Modern Day Vampires and Cannibals
History of Mass Murder in the United States
Types of Mass Killers
Classification of Mass Murderers
Parents Who Kill
Why Do Parents Kill?
Mothers Who Kill
The Victims of Children Killed by Parents
Violence in the Workplace
Statistics and Stories of Murder and Violence in the Workplace
Who Are the Perpetrators?
Who Are the Victims?
Occupations and Workplace Violence
Police Killed in the Workplace
Rape as a Weapon
Why Do Men Rape?
The Extent of Rape
Victims of Rape
Rape and the Law
Characteristics of Rapists
Infamous School Shootings
Hate Groups: The Ku Klux Klan, Skinheads, and Other Groups
The KKK: An Introduction to Two Centuries of Hate
Hate in the 21st Century
Skinhead Groups in the United States
The Internet and Hate
Blogs, Twitters, and Chat Channels
Immediate Access to the Entire World
Finding Others of the Same Interests
Youth Violence: An Alternative Explanation; The Cultural Transmission
The Causes of Juvenile Violence
The Cultural Transmission of Values Hypothesis
Historical and Academic Roots of the Cultural Transmission
The Extant Data
Pathways for Further Research
Ronald M. Holmes is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. Stephen T. Holmes is an Associate Professor and Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida.