Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes

  • Richard N. Kocsis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. The Psychology of Serial Violent Crimes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Louis B. Schlesinger
      Pages 15-33
    3. Jessica Woodhams, Clive Hollin, Ray Bull
      Pages 35-50
    4. Kathy E. Charles, Vincent Egan
      Pages 63-83
    5. George B. Palermo
      Pages 85-100
  3. New Dimensions to Violent Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Leonard I. Morgenbesser, Richard N. Kocsis
      Pages 103-117
    3. Stacey L. Shipley, Bruce A. Arrigo
      Pages 119-139
    4. Jeffrey L. Geller
      Pages 141-177
    5. Hannah Scott
      Pages 179-196
    6. Ian Sale
      Pages 197-204
  4. Investigative Considerations to Serial Violent Crimes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Peter J. van Koppen
      Pages 207-228
    3. Janet McClellan
      Pages 229-244
    4. Erica P. Hodges, Kristine M. Jacquin
      Pages 259-275
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 293-306

About this book


The phenomena of serial violent crime has long plagued human civilizations. Far from being a contemporary notion unique to Western societies, serial murderers and other offenders who repeatedly engage in violent crimes such as rape or arson are examples of extreme criminal aberrations that exist in cultures around the world. This book assembles the collective expertise of an international group of scholars and practitioners who seek to explain the psychiatric, psychological and criminological factors that may account for the perpetration of these abhorrent crimes.

The topics covered in this text examine the motivational dynamics of offenders including such dimensions as their apparent behavioral normalcy, sensational interests, sadism, narcissism, commonalties, gender and age patterns. Beyond psychological and etiological factors the topics encompassed by this book also consider investigative techniques, procedures, limitations and failures encountered with these forms of crime. This volume is likely to become an essential reference for forensic scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists and criminal justice, legal and law enforcement personnel involved in the investigation and prosecution of serial violent crimes.


Criminal investigation Criminal motives Encounter Etiological factors Mass murder Motivation Profiling Psychological mechanisms Psychopath Violence Violent crime psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard N. Kocsis
    • 1
  1. 1.Forensic Psychologist in Private PracticeAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2008
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-58829-685-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-60327-049-6
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