San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2008
Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, award-winning journalist Marilee Strong's latest book, ERASED: Missing Women, Murdered Wives (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, March 2008), presents an original profile of a previously unrecognized type of murder.
"Eraser killers" are men who appear to be normal, who have led productive, even exemplary lives right up until committing the most heinous of murders, in which they literally "erase" the women and children in their lives they see as weighing them down, and disappearing all evidence of the fact that they murdered them. For these men, murder is easier and more palatable than divorce.
Eraser killings are not like typical domestic homicides. They are not crimes of sudden passion or rage but meticulously planned and executed "erasures" in which either the victim herself is made to disappear, leaving her fate an open-ended mystery, or her death is made to appear to be an accident, a suicide, or a crime committed by someone else. These killers believe that they are smarter than everyone around them and are capable of committing a "perfect murder." And many are getting away with it.
ERASED examines more than 50 eraser killings and will shed light on cases currently in the news, like the Drew Peterson case in Illinois, which are not unprecedented but part of a very disturbing and heretofore unrecognized pattern.
Some facts about eraser crimes Strong explores in ERASED include:
- Young women, especially young pregnant women, are most at risk from the ones they love. In fact, homicide is the leading cause of death for pregnant and recently pregnant women, most often committed by the woman's own intimate partner.
- In most eraser homicides, there is no prior history of abuse or violence in the relationship. Many do not exhibit the kind of warning sign that can identify a man who is a danger to his intimate partner.
- These men do not kill out of lust or jealousy, for financial gain or to be with another woman---the desires that motivate more typical murders. They kill not to gain something but to remove something no longer wanted from their lives. An unwanted pregnancy is one of the most common motivators for these types of murders.
- Eraser killers share a deadly combination of psychological traits known as "the Dark Triad" of personality. They are expert liars and manipulators who sometimes lead a completely double life. It is often the discovery of their secrets and the unraveling of their lies that leads to violence.
- Men who kill their wives or partners in this way often research their crimes in advance and seek to exploit weaknesses in the legal system, police procedure, and death investigation, and can on to kill a later wife or girlfriend, often in the exact same way that they eliminated their first victim.
Marilee Strong is an award-winning journalist who specializes in the coverage of psychological and social issues. She is the author of A Bright Red Scream, the ground breaking and internationally acclaimed book about the emotional aftermath of childhood abuse and trauma. Strong covered every day of the legal proceedings against Scott Peterson, and has commented on the case for MSBNC, FOX News, and Dateline NBC.
To request a review copy or interview with Marilee, please contact Sarah Gorback at (415) 782-3213 or sgorback @ wiley.com.