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Serial Killers Audiobook

Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

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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 15th-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.

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.

©2004 Peter Vronsky (P)2016 Tantor

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    Dr. Ghaedi 03-02-17
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    "Great Overview With Significant Inaccuracies"

    This is not a bad read for anyone interested in true crime. However, I would strongly recommend reading books by others. The author is clearly well read on the subject, has engaging writing style, and to his credit admits that he is not an expert in this field. I am a physician, soon to be board certified in both Adult and Forensic Psychiatry, and as a professional my problems with Vronsky's book are with the many misleading and/or inaccurate pieces of information provided regarding descriptors and classifications. For the sake of brevity I'll stick to one example. For instance, he writes that the American Psychiatric Association's DSM equivalent term for psychopathy is Antisocial Personality Disorder and proceeds to equate the two. This is absolutely incorrect and much has been published over the past 30 years. The constructs of psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder, though have some overlap, are NOT equivalent. In fact psychopathy is not even a formal DSM diagnosis and furthermore necessitates further formal training by both psychologists and psychiatrists to appropriately assess. Even more basic is how Vronsky uses.

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    brooke browning 01-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "suberb"

    This comprehensive overview of the origin, psychology and prevention of serial murder is quite different from your typical sensationalized account of a particular case, though Vronsky uses examples of cases to good effect when illustrating a concept. This is closer to a psychology textbook than 'true crime' and I found its reliance on history, brain science, philosophy and forensic science to be very effective. I wish Vronsky would do an update to this 2004 book to address new developments in this topic. Highly recommended.

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    Cassandra C. Carvajal USA 01-16-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Really great book!"

    I just can't stop listening. I'm intrigued and now aware or my surroundings. great book and informative.

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    Cindy 02-10-17
    Cindy 02-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    Very interesting book. Well narrated. The instructions for how to defuse a serial killer/rapist depending on his "type" was truly scary. It seems once they have you, you are doomed. Well researched and thought provoking.

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    Amazon Customer 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting book with good narration"

    I found this book well researched with professional audio and good narration...it did not sound like a seventh grader reading his book report. If you've listened to other audiobooks in this genre and appreciate the meaning in what I've just said, you may find it satisfying to listen and contrast for yourself this book with some others you may have had the misfortune to purchase.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clark 01-16-17
    J. Clark 01-16-17 Member Since 2010

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    "The book could have been half the length"

    Wayyyyy too much repetition on the same points. Was pretty gruesome, but I guess I should have expected that, so that had no impact on my rating. It was boring and literally would say the same thing at least a half a dozen time on sooo many points. Many times in the same paragraph and / or multiple chapters. Was too redundant and not very deep or revelatory.

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    "Interesting Reading"

    Very interesting exploration of the world of serial killers. Some of the chapters are repetitive but not to a great extent. Overall, an illuminating book.

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    Stefany 04-01-17
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    I loved this book. as a person who has always been in to serial killers I love how the author went back and not only broke down the psychology and criminal aspect of the serial killer but also used past and present killers as a reference for what he is talking about.
    The narrators voice was perfect (in my opinion) for this type of book read. He had a calming voice but was able to capture interest with the infliction of tones.

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    "Awesome!"

    Great details about multiple cases, a lot of numbers at points that get hard to listen to, but still good

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    If you are interested in how the BAU began and why it began, this book is for you. Jumbled in the story are the major and lesser known serial killers: words, confessions and found items that belonged to the murderers are revealed and what theh believe it represents in the whole scheme of things. Good listening before bed. Narrative voice was pleasantly smooth. If you are looking for more gory details and such; this, isn't the book for you. Disturbing, yes. gory, no.



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