TIME-LIFE The Most Notorious Serial Killers

Ruthless, Twisted Murderers Whose Crimes Chilled the Nation


Author: The Editors of Time-Life

Publisher: Time Inc. Books

ISBN: 1683300289

Category: True Crime

Page: 96

View: 7487

Few criminals provoke the fear, revulsion and fascination of the serial killer. What makes them do it? Were they born that way? How do they elude law enforcement and how do the police track them down? Now, TIME-LIFE explores history’s most famous cases from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacey to Son of Sam and Ariel Castro.

Wer war Jack the Ripper?

Porträt eines Killers


Author: Patricia Daniels Cornwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442458066

Category: Serial murders

Page: 477

View: 6107

My Life Among the Serial Killers

Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers


Author: Dr. Helen Morrison,Harold Goldberg

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780061809590

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 9177

Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. She has a physician husband, two children, and a thriving psychiatric clinic. But her life is much more than that. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as four hundred hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She did the last interview with Ed Gein, who was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards and gave her his paintings as presents. Then there was Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams; rapist turned murderer Bobby Joe Long; England's Fred and Rosemary West, who killed girls and women in their "House of Horrors"; and Brazil's deadliest killer of children, Marcelo Costa de Andrade. Dr. Morrison has received hundreds of letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims -- and the spouses and parents of the killers -- to gain a deeper understanding of the killer's environment and the public persona he adopts. She has also studied serial killers throughout history and shows how this is not a recent phenomenon with psychological autopsies of the fifteenth-century French war hero Gilles de Rais, the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess Bathory, H. H. Holmes of the late ninteenth century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties. Through it all, Dr. Morrison has been on a mission to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.

TIME-LIFE Mysteries of the Criminal Mind

The Secrets Behind the World's Most Notorious Crimes



Publisher: Time Inc. Books

ISBN: 1618932969

Category: True Crime

Page: 272

View: 8632

Is it nature or nurture that shapes a serial killer? What drives a person to become a kidnapper or a terrorist? And can such behaviors be predicted--or even stopped before they occur?

As advances in science unlock the secrets of our DNA and reveal the inner workings of the human brain, Time-Life Books explores the fascinating findings that are shedding new light on the criminal mind. What role does birth order, divorce, media influence, and other societal pressures play in how criminals are formed?

By examining some of the most notorious criminals from history and our modern era--from Al Capone and Charles Manson to Scott Peterson and Dzohkhar Tsarnaev--and their characteristics, the nature of their deeds and the possible formation of their pathologies. Readers will explore the roots of crime, going on the streets to meet the authorities who deal with criminals on a daily basis and have developed unique insights into the criminal mentality.

Packed with infographics, sidebars and lists, this book is a compelling yet easy introduction to the new age of crime and punishment--a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how crimes begin and how we can help end them.

The Evil Within - A Top Murder Squad Detective Reveals The Chilling True Stories of The World's Most Notorious Killers


Author: Trevor Marriott

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN: 1782193650

Category: True Crime

Page: 300

View: 5327

Since the dawn of time, men and women alike have been killing. Many of these murders have been committed in the most brutal and horrific ways imaginable, showing no respect for human life. Throughout his time as a murder squad detective, Trevor Marriott has seen first-hand the wanton slayings and butcheries that have been committed by both men and women who have warped, depraved and sadistic minds. In this fascinating and chilling book, he examines the world's most notorious serial killers and the despicable crimes they committed. From William McDonald, the 'Sydney Mutilator', to 'Dusseldorf Vampire' Peter Kurten, Steve Wright, the 'Suffolk Strangler', and the USA's satanic Ripper Crew, these are the horrifying true stories of serial murder from across the globe.

The Most Notorious Crimes in American History


Author: Life Books,Robert Sullivan

Publisher: Twenty First Century Books

ISBN: 9781575059709

Category: True Crime

Page: 144

View: 9766

Several true stories of crime and punishment, lawlessness and justice, are vividly retold, including the Lindberg Kidnapping and John F. Kennedy's assassination.

The Grim Sleeper - Talking with America's Most Notorious Serial Killer, Lonnie Franklin


Author: Victoria Redstall

Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1789460387

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 406

During the mid-1980s, a brutal killing spree began in Los Angeles as several women were murdered, having been sexually assaulted and shot in the chest with a .25 calibre gun. The man responsible was Lonnie David Franklin Jr. However, his identity wouldn't be revealed for almost thirty years, by which time he had become one of America's most prolific serial killers. At the time, Los Angeles was a city struggling under the weight of racial inequalities and a crack cocaine epidemic that was sweeping through its most deprived areas. Many in the communities of South Central felt that this caused a lack of interest on the part of the LAPD in properly investigating the these murders. In 2010, Franklin's escape from justice finally came to an end, and he was eventually convicted of the killings of nine women and one teenage girl in 2016, although it is suspected that he could be responsible for killing many, many more. In this book, investigative journalist Victoria Redstall delves into the mind of America's most notorious serial killer to discover the truth, in his own words, behind his appalling actions as well as speaking to neighbours, family members, victims' family members and police connected to the case. By visiting Franklin in prison and gaining his trust, she allows Franklin to reveal a terrifying lack of empathy for the victims whose lives he so brutally ended. This is a chilling and fascinating look into the crimes of the Grim Sleeper.

Helter Skelter

Die wahre Geschichte des Serienmörders Charles Manson


Author: Vincent Bugliosi,Curt Gentry

Publisher: Riva Verlag

ISBN: 3959718683

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

View: 6180

Im Sommer 1969 erschüttert eine Reihe bestialischer Morde Los Angeles und die USA. Sharon Tate, die schwangere Ehefrau von Roman Polanski, ist eines der sieben Opfer des Serienmörders Charles Manson. Vincent Bugliosi war leitender Staatsanwalt in diesem spektakulären Fall. In seinem meisterhaft geschriebenen Buch berichtet er, wie es ihm in minutiöser Detektivarbeit gelang, Charles Manson und seine ihm blind ergebene Hippie-Kommune für das Massaker hinter Gitter zu bringen. Die akribischen Ermittlungen, der komplexe Prozess, die kranke Weltanschauung, die Manson seinen Anhängern einflößte ... all dies macht diesen atemberaubend spannenden Weltbestseller aus. Seit 1971 sitzt Manson im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis, doch vergessen ist er noch lange nicht. Er ist zu einer diabolischen Kultfigur geworden, deren apokalyptisches Szenario und verschrobene Weltanschauung auch heute noch eine makabere Faszination ausüben. Dies ist eine Neuausgabe des 2010 erschienen Buchs Helter Skelter - Der Mordrausch des Charles Manson.

The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers


Author: Harold Schechter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439138850

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 359

Bestselling true-crime writer Harold Schechter, a leading authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt offer a guided tour through the bizarre and blood-chilling world of serial murder. Through hundreds of detailed entries that span the entire spectrum -- the shocking crimes, the infamous perpetrators, and much more -- they examine all angles of a gruesome cultural phenomenon that grips our imagination. From Art (both by and about serial killers) to Zeitgeist (how killers past and present embody their times)...from Groupies (even the most sadistic killer can claim devoted fans) to Marriage (the perfect domestic disguise for demented killers)...from Homebodies (psychos who slay in the comfort of their homes) to Plumbing (how clogged drains have undone the most discreet killer), THE A TO Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS is the ultimate reference for anyone compelled by the personalities and pathologies behind the most disturbing of crimes.

13 Serial Killers

An Investigation Into the Most Notorious and Unlucky Murderers of Our Time


Author: S. L Dale

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519264688


Page: 60

View: 7599

How unlucky can someone be? You spend your whole life striving to become a world-famous serial killer and surprise! You are killed by another serial killer. In this deadly study of murder and mayhem, learn about the lives, and very unlucky deaths of some of the most notorious murderers in the world. Renowned investigative reporter, S.L. Dale, brings their stories to life as no one else can!


Auf der Spur eines Serienkillers


Author: Robert Graysmith

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641028922

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

View: 1386

„Ich töte Menschen, weil es mir so viel Spaß macht.“ Jahrelang versetzte ein als Zodiac berühmt gewordener Serienkiller Kalifornien in Angst und Schrecken und spielte mit der Polizei ein grausames Katz-und-Maus-Spiel. Regisseur David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) verfilmt die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Mordserie mit u. a. Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. und Gary Oldman.

Serial Killers & Mass Murderers

Profiles of the World's Most Barbaric Criminals


Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569755787

Category: True Crime

Page: 327

View: 7212

Even the world's most depraved murderers were once only known as somebody's neighbor or someone's son. What turned these people into killers? And why is everyone so fascinated with them? In one chilling chapter after another, this book profiles a terrifying succession of homocidal maniacs. It takes readers inside the minds of the people who committed the world's most notorious and horrendous crimes. Are they inhuman beasts beyond compassion, or human beings just like us who simply crossed a line and could not find a way back? Each story stands alone as a frightening tale. Drawn together in this one volume, Serial Killers and Mass Murderers present a fascinating investigation of the dark side.




Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist


ISBN: 3732515001

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 6023

Zehn Menschen wachen in ihren Wohnwagen auf - und nichts ist wie am Abend zuvor. Wo sind sie gelandet? Im Nichts? In der Unendlichkeit? Was sie sehen, ist ein Feld, soweit das Auge reicht. Alles andere ist verschwunden. Das Radio spielt Schlagermusik von Peter Himmelstrand, nichts anderes. Was bloß ist passiert? Sie begeben sich nacheinander auf das Feld hinaus und begegnen dort ihren persönlichen Alpträumen. Und statt einander zu helfen, beginnt ein schrecklicher Kampf ums Überleben - was auch immer das in der Unendlichkeit heißen mag ...

Die Bestie von Florenz


Author: Douglas Preston,Mario Spezi

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426411016

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 7391

Douglas Preston will einen schönen Sommer in der Toskana verbringen – doch dann erfährt er von einer spektakulären Mordserie. Die Bestie von Florenz hat sieben Paare brutal ermordet, und trotz langjähriger Polizeiarbeit, unzähligen Verdächtigen und Verurteilungen scheinen die Verbrechen noch nicht aufgeklärt zu sein. Gemeinsam mit dem italienischen Journalisten Mario Spezi beginnt Douglas Preston zu recherchieren. Die beiden decken nicht nur Ermittlungsfehler und Ungereimtheiten der italienischen Rechtsprechung auf, sondern geraten selbst in das Fadenkreuz der Ermittler. Der internationale Bestseller exklusiv im Knaur Taschenbuch: eine faszinierende und schockierende Anatomie des Verbrechens! Die Bestie von Florenz von Douglas Preston · Mario Spezi: Spannung pur im eBook!

Der Abgrund in dir


Author: Dennis Lehane

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257609175

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 6207

Rachel Childs hat alles, was man sich erträumt: ein Leben ohne finanzielle Sorgen, einen gutaussehenden, liebevollen Ehemann. Doch im Bruchteil einer Sekunde macht ausgerechnet dieser Mann ihr Leben zu einer Farce aus Betrug, Verrat und Gefahr. Nichts ist mehr, wie es scheint, und Rachel muss sich entscheiden: Wird sie kämpfen für das, was sie liebt, oder im Strudel einer unglaublichen Verschwörung untergehen?



Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036992340

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 2786

Im November 1959 wird in Holcomb, Kansas, die vierköpfige Familie Clutter brutal ermordet. Wenige Wochen später werden die Täter Dick Hickock und Perry Smith auf der Flucht geschnappt. Truman Capote erfährt aus der New York Times von dem Verbrechen und beschließt, am Tatort zu recherchieren. Er spricht mit Bekannten und Freunden der Familie, mit der Polizei. Schließlich erhält er Gelegenheit, mit den beiden Mördern zu reden. Mit der Zeit gelingt es ihm, so viel Nähe zu ihnen herzustellen, dass sie ihm präzise Innenansichten ihrer Seele erlauben. Fast sechs Jahre nach ihrer Tat begleitet er sie bis an den Galgen. Capotes herausragende Rekonstruktion eines Mordes wurde eine Sensation und begründete ein neues literarisches Genre: die "non-fiction novel", den Tatsachenroman. In einer atemberaubenden Sprache erzählt er, wie aus Menschen Mörder werden. Mit Kaltblütig landete Capote einen internationalen Bestseller.

The World's Worst Serial Killers

Monsters whose crimes shocked the world


Author: Victor McQueen

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1784281484

Category: True Crime

Page: N.A

View: 1564

A gripping analysis of the world's ten worst serial killers. They have been selected not simply because of their high 'body counts': these killers are the ones who have most terrified the communities on which they preyed, and in some cases changed the history of the nations in which they operated. This collection focuses solely on the true stories behind the very worst real-life serial killers from across the globe.

The Serial Killer Letters

A Penetrating Look Inside the Minds of Murderers


Author: Jennifer Furio

Publisher: Charles PressPub

ISBN: 9780914783848

Category: Medical

Page: 307

View: 6449

A collection of correspondences from actual serial killers offers a look at their attitudes, how they perceive themselves, the details of their crimes, and life in prison

Jack the Ripper

The Unsolved Mystery of Historys Most Notorious Serial Killer


Author: Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544192789


Page: 132

View: 949

*Includes pictures *Includes newspaper accounts of the crimes, and witness and police testimony *Includes a bibliography for further reading There have been a countless number of serial killers throughout history, and certainly more prolific ones, but the timing, circumstances, and unsolved nature of the case continue to make Jack the Ripper the most famous serial killer in history. The murders came at a time when media coverage could be both more acute and more widespread, and it allowed the public a closer look into how police agencies operated at the time, exposing both their strengths and shortcomings. Of course, the lack of modern forensics hamstrung the investigators in the late 19th century, and while the police file for the case was extensive and active for several years, much of the evidence disappeared from the file without explanation, possibly as souvenirs. Despite the fact the police interviewed thousands and considered hundreds of suspects, they were never able to arrest anyone for the murders. The intense media coverage also likely played a role in both the actual murderer and would-be copycats and pranksters sending hundreds of letters to police claiming to be Jack the Ripper. It's also indisputable that the use of a precise modus operandi, the serial killer being given a nickname, and the taunting letters sent to police all influenced subsequent serial killers and the way they were covered. Whether it's the Zodiac Killer, the Son of Sam, or the Boston Strangler, the antecedent of all 20th century and 21st century killers remains Jack the Ripper. The Jack the Ripper case continues to fascinate historians and amateur sleuths so much that people have dubbed themselves Ripperologists, and since nobody knows for sure who the killer was, every aspect of the crimes is up for discussion, down to who the actual victims of the Ripper were and whether there was actually more than one Ripper. In addition to considering so many suspects, the police were only certain that 5 of the victims (the "canonical five") were killed by Jack the Ripper, but there were at least 11 documented murders over the course of several years, and today those are called the Whitechapel murders. Even in the 19th century, authorities were debating how many of the 11 were the work of the Ripper, and as the murders have been compared and contrasted for nearly 130 years, the debate continues. The tale of Jack the Ripper remains well alive until this day, because while the killer has no doubt been dead for decades, there is still no way to know for sure who he was. This is not to say that there are not suspects; in fact, there are literally hundreds of them, from virtually every walk of life, including a prince, several knights, a policeman, a number of surgeons or surgical students, a few women, and a great many violent criminals. The list is so extensive that it is nearly impossible to narrow down and still be comprehensive. Jack the Ripper: The Unsolved Mystery of History's Most Notorious Serial Killer examines the case, including a history of the crimes, the police investigation, and subsequent attempts to list and identify potential suspects. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the famous serial killer like never before.