For decades now, serial killers have taken center stage in the news and entertainment media. The coverage of real-life murderers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer has transformed them into ghoulish celebrities. Similarly, the popularity of fictional characters such as Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter or Dexter demonstrates just how eager the public is to be frightened by these human predators.
But why is this so? Could it be that some of us have a gruesome fascination with serial killers for the same reasons we might morbidly stare at a catastrophic automobile accident? Or it is something more? In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam") and Dennis Rader ("Bind, Torture, Kill"). In addition, Bonn examines the criminal profiling techniques used by law enforcement professionals to identify and apprehend serial predators, he discusses the various behaviors - such as the charisma of the sociopath - that manifest themselves in serial killers, and he explains how and why these killers often become popular cultural figures.
Groundbreaking in its approach, Why We Love Serial Killers is a compelling look at how the media, law enforcement agencies, and public perception itself shapes and feeds the "monsters" in our midst.
©2014 Scott Bonn (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Always an avid reader, I have become addicted to audio books.
It FELT like the author was trying to sound academic, there was a preview and review of the chapters, too repetitious, and a little insulting. The content was not as interesting as I had hoped. I just didn't like it.
Definitely, however, it’s confession time, as soon as I saw the title of this audiobook I was drawn to it like a moth, I am one of those people who cannot resist reading about the people who carry out horrendous crimes. Throughout history there have been plenty of examples both real, and those which have been the product of somebody else’s mind, such as the serial killer Hannibal Lecter first made famous in the book and film Silence of the Lambs.
The author of this book, has however a special insight into its content. Not only is Dr Scott Bonn a Professor of Criminology but he also comes from a media and analytic background.
The author explores what makes these people so interesting to those of us who look on with morbid fascination at their crimes. He looks into their background, upbringing, and ultimately the people and events which have influenced them. However, he also looks at role that the killers themselves, media and law enforcement agencies have in the public’s perception.
Keith Szarabajka carried out a very good narration of this unique and fascinating book.
For anyone interested in the subject, this book will be fascinating, famous serial killers such as David Berkowitz and Dennis Rader, and the author has interviewed some of them. There is also a look into the world of their cult followers and people who will pay for memorabilia and work by them, something I never realised happened.
I am an English Professor in Florida.
Bonn tries to explain our fascination with the crimes of serial killers without the handwringing moral gymnastics we try to do getting in the way. Bonn pinpoints what's interesting and compelling about serial killers, and what that says about society, rather than trying to explain away everything with a "slow down for the car wreck" excuse that absolves us of any complicity in the fame of the killer.
Bonn's style is forthright and conversational, and his insights are all the more intriguing since he doesn't try to dazzle with verbiage and overwrought psychoanalysis.
Yes! It's not a book that you can parcel out or just listen to favorite parts. It's all fascinating.
Bonn's writings for Psychology Today led me to this book and I've since used it in a class I teach on serial killers. I'm glad to say that students don't often try to sell this book back to the bookstore after the course is over.
Kipp Poe Speicher
Yes very informative giving you a look at the sick mind and the way media hypes it.
His in depth look at how a mass of people can be affected by a notion of a thought.
Spot on very professional
Moved not sure but frightened by much
The book gives you an informative look into the difference between Serial killers and spree killers and just normal homicide. It also takes a look at us the reader and fan of True Crime books, movies, and TV shows.
You will get plenty insight within this book and a look at how the media sometimes fans the fires to glorify some details and distort the truth.
Sort of remedial-academic style. Social scienc-ey; patiently describes differences between "psychopaths" and "sociopaths." Just tell us about the serial killers.
Goodness......ok.....I actually hate to do this......This book, I must admit I listened to because of the AWESOME narrator - KEITH SZARABAJKA........I am not taking away from his performance at all......The subject matter however was hard to get through. It felt like someone was reading a college text book to me......I wanted idle gossip from the lips of the killers themselves, I wanted the feelings of what the author felt as he corresponded with them......OR if they were remorseful or fearful or anything.........I waited patiently, I did.....(lawdy, I did).....I didn't listen to it on one of my drives home and thought maybe I should bring an ABSENT note or a tardy slip.....SO why do I love those CRAZY, ZANY serial killers,,,,,,,,,,,I still have no clue.......BUT I can tell you that I AM NOT one.....Get ready for definitions, summaries and footnotes.........
I might would give it one more shot.............It almost felt like a lecture from my dad.......
KEITH is amazing....
LOL......I see what you did there audible......very PUNNY.
Unless you are a dry academic......I just might pass on this one and read something a bit more upbeat.......like Merriam- Webster's unabridged dictionary
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