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SERIAL KILLERS
Serial Killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. Their crimes are committed as a result of a compulsion that often has roots in the killer's (often dysfunctional) youth, as opposed to those who are motivated by financial gain (e.g. contract killers) or ideological/political motivations (e.g. terrorists). Many times, this compulsion is linked to the individual's sexual drive, rendering the compulsion particularly compelling.

The section down below lists books and movies on serial killers.
For a more detailed look at some of the most notorious, choose from the following list:


Ed Gein
Ted Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
The Zodiac Killer
John Wayne Gacy
H.H. Holmes (Herman Mudgett)
David Berkowitz (The Son of Sam)
Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker)
Gary Ridgway (The Green River Killer)
BOOKS ABOUT SERIAL KILLERS
Albert Fish
By John Borowski
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Albert Fish, the horrific true story of elderly cannibal, sadomasochist, and serial killer, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Distorting biblical tales, Albert Fish takes the themes of pain, torture, atonement and suffering literally as he preys on victims to torture and sacrifice. From John Borowski, award-winning director of H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer, comes the first ever docudrama to definitively recount the life and times of elderly cannibal Albert Fish. Adding insight to the account are interviews with artist and Odditorium owner, Joe Coleman, and renowned true-crime author, Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.
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The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
By Harold Schechter


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.
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Bestial:
The Savage Trail of a True American Monster
(Earle Leonard Nelson)
By Harold Schechter


Harold Schechter, who delivers "must reading for true crime buffs" (Ann Rule), unravels one of the most gruesome and historically significant cases of American serial murder in Bestial. Violent crime was on the rise in the Jazz Age, and gangland carnage made flashy headlines. But few could conceive of who -- or what -- orchestrated the acts of barbaric murder and unimaginable defilement that commenced in San Francisco in the winter of 1926. The savagery of Earle Leonard Nelson -- a hulking creature dubbed "the Gorilla Man" -- shocked a nation weaned on the fictional nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe and distant legends of the Whitechapel murders. A child of unnatural obsessions and an aberrant sex drive, he grew to become a social outcast whose perverse behavior erupted in a sixteen-month spree of butchery that would not be equaled until decades later, by the likes of John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer.
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The Encyclopedia of Mass Murder:
A Chillling Collection of Mass Murder Cases
By Brian Lane, Wilfred Gregg


The Encyclopedia of Mass Murder is a remarkable, revelatory exploration of the world's worst cases of mass murder. This comprehensive guide has been recently revised and updated for its U.S. debut from two true-crime experts. From this chilling collection, a significantly consistent pattern emerges of the person who commits mass murder: almost always male, a loner lacking in social skills, unable to form stable relationships. Bearing a grudge against society in general or blaming certain individuals in particular, he seeks revenge in the most extreme way. Among the 200 notorious cases profiled are Timothy McVeigh, responsible for the deaths of 168 people in the Oklahoma City bombing, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two heavily armed students who opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 13 students, and Brenda Spencer, a rare instance of a female mass murderer, who shot dead eleven junior high classmates "because," she said, "I don't like Mondays." Eight pages of black-and-white photographs are included.
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Extreme Killing:
Understanding Serial and Mass Murder
By James Alan Fox, Jack Levin


Provides a comprehensive, fascinating overview of multiple homicide, including both serial and mass murder. Adopting a unified conceptual framework for understanding these divergent forms of extreme killing, this book illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty using contemporary and classic case studies in multiple murder. Renowned experts James Alan Fox and Jack Levin examine the theories of criminal behavior and apply them to a multitude of well-known and lesser-known cases from around the world. The authors draw upon research from two large data sets - one comprised of serial killers and the other of those who have committed massacres. The book presents the many commonalities among multiple murders and also focuses on the varieties of serial and mass killing. The authors address the characteristics of both killers and their victims, and, in their concluding chapter, discuss the special concerns of multiple murder victims and their survivors. This is a fascinating introduction to an extreme set of homicidal behaviors for any interested reader. It could also be used as a supplementary textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying homicide, serial murder, violence in America, and deviance.
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Serial Murderers and Their Victims (with CD-ROM)
Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series
By Eric W. Hickey


This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Cutting through the sensationalism this crime attracts, Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, religious, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. Of special interest in this 3rd edition of the book is Dr. Hickey's coverage of the phenomenon as a global problem, including a study of 300 Foriegn serial murderers.
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My Life Among the Serial Killers:
Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers
By Helen Morrison


Over the course of 25 years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 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. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as 400 hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has. She 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 also studied serial killers throughout history and shows how this is not a recent phenomenon with psychological autopsies of the 15th-century French war hero Gilles de Rais, the 16th-century Hungarian Countess Bathory, H. H. Holmes of the late 19th century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties.
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Defending Donald Harvey:
The Case of America's Most Notorious Angel-of-Death Serial Killer
By William Whalen, Bruce Martin


Donald Harvey killed at least 59 people while working in Ohio and Kentucky hospitals. In Defending Donald Harvey, Harvey's defense attorney finally delivers his perspective on these infamous, terrifying murders. How could it be that no one noticed Harvey was mentally ill? Why did her continue to obtain jobs at hospital after hospital despite his odd and suspicious behavior? Harvey performed occult ceremonies to select his victims using a skull stolen from the morgue. Nicknamed "Angel of Death" for his "coincidental" tendency to be nearby when a patient died, he killed wil impunity for 18 years until a chance observation during an autopsy revealed his hand in the death. With Harvey's cooperation, defense attorney Whalen and coauthor Bruce Martin reveal frightful insights into the mind of a serial killer. Whalen and Martin tell Harvey's story in a way that is respectful to his victims, yet delves humanely into Harvey's inner life. A chilling profile of a twisted mind.
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The Serial Killer Files:
The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
By Harold Schechter


The definitive dossier on history's most heinous! Hollywood's make-believe maniacs can't hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon. Rigorously researched and packed with the most up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers–from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, "trophies" to trading cards. Discover: Who they are, How they Kill, Why they do it, plus: in-depth case studies, classic killers' nicknames, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much more. For more than 100 profiles of lethal loners and killer couples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats– this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening and fascinating.
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Serial Killers:
The Method and Madness of Monsters
By Peter Vronsky


The comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide. In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the "serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer, but also provides concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one-from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. 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.
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Serial Killers: Real Life Hannibal Lecters
DVD


In the 2001 documentary Serial Killers: Real Life Hannibal Lecters, director Sean Buckley profiles five of the most infamous and deadly serial killers of the 20th century, each of whom has inspired a number of big-screen fictional murderers. Featuring interviews with experts as well as the monsters themselves, the film attempts to offer insight into the minds and lives of John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Andrei Chikatilo, and Albert Fish.
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Hunting Humans:
The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer
By Elliott Leyton


In this new edition of his landmark 1986 study, pioneering anthropologist Elliott Leyton examines the psyche and motivations of his six original multiple-murderer subjects and now takes stock of how far we've come since then in our understanding of why people commit gruesome assaults on innocent strangers. This case-study approach—based on years of immersion in the killers' diaries, confessions, psychiatric interviews, statements to the press, videotapes, and photographs— led the way in defining serial and mass murders not as the acts of alien creatures with deranged minds but rather as personalized protests by alienated men against the society that they believe has excluded them. Leyton also provides an analysis of the Washington, D.C. sniper case. While uncovering the central themes of modern culture that motivated their deeds, Leyton provides vivid and chilling portraits of Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy, Albert DeSalvo, and David Berkowitz, serial murderers whose prolonged killing campaigns provided them revenge against the world and celebrity careers; and other mass murderers whose brief but horrific murder sprees constituted their own enigmatic suicide notes. The author shows that the motives of multiple murderers are not simply sexual or psychotic; but rise from the very core of American mass culture.
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Better to Reign in Hell:
Serial Killers, Media Panics and the FBI
By Stephen Milligen


Credited with superhuman intellect and abilities, the "serial" sex killer emerged in the 1980s as a dominant figure in American popular culture. In a decade marked by conservative politics and resurgent fundamental Protestantism, the serial killer was accused of attacking the traditional values underpinning American society and proved a suitable symbolic harbinger to manipulate public fear for political gain. Better to Reign in Hell examines the people and events which led to and perpetuate this panic -- notably President Ronald Reagan and the New Right -- and the founding of the Behavioral Sciences Unit, as well as the social repercussions the serial killer has on a society imbued with the belief that its origin and destiny has been manifest by God.
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True Vampires:
Blood-Sucking Killers Past and Present
By Sondra London


Vampires have frightened and fascinated readers for centuries. This illustrated book examines real vampires whose crimes have contributed to the mythos. Ripped from today's headlines and mined from historical records, True Vampires invades the minds of real blood-sucking killers from Romania, Russia, France, Wales, Brazil, South Africa, the Kentucky hills, and the streets of Los Angeles. Part I, "The Undead Zone," traces the history of vampirism, from Jesus to Dracula to Vlad the Impaler. Part II, "Vampire Crime," describes gory historical events in grisly detail. Part III, "Interview with a Vampire," is a conversation between the author and an unindicted spokesvampire and his consort, who report on the lifestyle of vampire role-players as practiced today in New York City.
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The A-Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
By Harold Schechter

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The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
By Michael Newton

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The Gates of Janus
Serial Killing and it's Analysis
By "The Moors Murderer" Ian Brody

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Killers on the Loose:
Unsolved Cases of Serial Murder
By Antonio Mendoza

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The Man with Candy
(Dean Arnold Corll, the Candy Man)
By Jack Olsen

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Signature Killers
By Robert Keppel

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Deranged: Albert Fish
By Harold Schechter

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Depraved: Herman Mudgett
By Harold Schechter

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Fiend: Jesse Pomeroy
By Harold Schechter

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The Hillside Strangler
By Ted Schwarz

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