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The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation

Katherine Ramsland
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: True Crime
Price: $14.00
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Challenging the assumption that serial killing is a part of and reaction to modern society, Ramsland (forensic psychology, DeSales U., Pennsylvania) presents evidence that the phenomenon has been around since the beginning of human history. She examines the evolving social attitudes that have affected serial murderers' motives, methods, and criminal careers in the context of their specific historical periods.

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    Dayngerus, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 22:54:36 UTC.
    1st review

    Excellent examination of Serial Murder, both recent and historic. It presentskey cases from different time periods are analyzed for the “specific cultural conditions, individual processing of those conditions, and opportunity” that affected that criminal’s development. It loses one star for it's failure to include all known serial murderers.

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    lauradrizzt, Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:33:54 UTC.

    excellent well written, concise and captivating...Keeps you turning page after page...

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    PJG, Thu, 08 May 2008 22:59:43 UTC.

    excellent well written book...i couldn't put it down.

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    Minncrim, Sun, 18 May 2008 15:46:47 UTC.

    My interest never waivered.

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    jdtharchrds, Mon, 02 Jun 2008 04:36:57 UTC.

    This was a FASCINATING history of serial killing, from earliest recorded instances to the present. I read it for a paper I wrote for a Forensics class and was hooked from the first page. Very detailed, not just about the killers, but about their social situations and societal norms at the times of their crimes. Toward the modern day, it almost becomes a laundry list of serial crime, not because of the prevalence of serial murder, which is one thing, but because of both our awareness of it as a phenomena and the media's exploitation of the events. A very good read. And quick.

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    Wolvarine, Sun, 22 Jun 2008 05:06:03 UTC.

    Very Fascinating!

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    J_Parizzo, Sun, 29 Jun 2008 23:10:23 UTC.

    Excellent Book.

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    Rhonda59, Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:19:38 UTC.

    Excellent of the best

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