SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTERS, a new history book by Peter Vronsky, Releasing on Oct 5 from Penguin USA Berkley Books

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SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTERS is a new comprehensive history of serial homicide in both ancient and modern times. The book explores the cultural, political and psychological aspects of serial murder around the world past and present.

SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTERS by PETER VRONSKY is a definitive history of serial homicide from the Roman Empire to the Washington Beltway.    

SERIAL KILLERS looks at past and current issues, controversies and techniques in criminal profiling, recent advances in categorizing serial killers, new approaches to psychological research in the mystery of what motivates serial offenders and features a unique chapter based on FBI research on how to enhance your chances of surviving if confronted or captured by a serial killer.

Peter Vronsky explores the history, culture, politics and psychology of serial murder in the ancient world, in medieval and early modern Europe, in 19th Century USA and England, and traces its extraordinary rise in the USA and the rest of the world during the 20th Century.

SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTERS is a shocking but sober exploration of serial homicide and features many new photographs never seen before. The book digs deeply into the true nature of serial homicide and reveals the politics and reality of the so-called "serial murder and missing children epidemic" which terrorized the American public in the early 1980s and continues to inspire fear today.

SERIAL KILLERS provides detailed cases studies of both infamous and lesser known serial killers. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River Killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky's one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon.

SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTERS was inspired by the author's two brief accidental encounters with serial killers before they were captured: Richard Cottingham, "The Times Square Ripper" in New York in 1979, who tortured and dismembered five women and Andrei Chikatilo, "Citizen-X -- The Red Ripper", in Moscow in 1991, who killed an record 53 victims during his monstrous career.

Peter Vronsky is a former international television news and documentary film producer and is currently working on his Ph.D. in history at the University of Toronto.

SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTERS by Peter Vronsky will be released October 5, 2004 by Penguin USA – Berkley Books.

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432 Pages, Illustrated

ISBN: 0425196402

Publisher: Berkley Books

Available: October 5, 2004

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