Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: Spree Killers and Mass Murderers

Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: Spree Killers and Mass Murderers

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A natural subject for the UK's bestselling true-crime author: a study of people who randomly kill large numbers of others (spree killers), or who set out to do so in specific places or situations (mass killers). Because of the ease of obtaining firearms in the USA, many of these, inevitably, are American, but there have been other recent examples in New Zealand and Norway.

As such killings become more frequent, it is easy to blame them on the ready availability of firearms and weak or non-existent background checks, even though many countries have extremely robust firearms legislation. What is more difficult to establish, however, is the motivation behind such killings: some are occasioned by grievance, real or imagined, while others have their origins in a sense of failure or feelings of inadequacy. Other killers, however, seem to be driven by a desire for power over their fellow humans, often coupled with an overriding contempt for the lives of others. In search of answers to the questions raised, Christopher Berry-Dee offers case studies in some of the most infamous mass killings of the past fifty years, from school massacres to workplace killings, hate crimes to familicides. In doing so he demonstrates, chillingly, that such murders are almost impossible to predict, and therefore almost impossible to prevent.
Article Number:
138312
Author:
Christopher Berry-Dee
Brand Name:
Allen & Unwin
ISBN:
9781789464214
Number of Pages:
304
Product Contains:
Paperback
Product Depth:
2.4 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.6 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
02.02.2021
Publisher:
John Blake
Release Date:
Tue Feb 02 00:00:00 AEDT 2021
Product details
A natural subject for the UK's bestselling true-crime author: a study of people who randomly kill large numbers of others (spree killers), or who set out to do so in specific places or situations (mass killers). Because of the ease of obtaining firearms in the USA, many of these, inevitably, are American, but there have been other recent examples in New Zealand and Norway.

As such killings become more frequent, it is easy to blame them on the ready availability of firearms and weak or non-existent background checks, even though many countries have extremely robust firearms legislation. What is more difficult to establish, however, is the motivation behind such killings: some are occasioned by grievance, real or imagined, while others have their origins in a sense of failure or feelings of inadequacy. Other killers, however, seem to be driven by a desire for power over their fellow humans, often coupled with an overriding contempt for the lives of others. In search of answers to the questions raised, Christopher Berry-Dee offers case studies in some of the most infamous mass killings of the past fifty years, from school massacres to workplace killings, hate crimes to familicides. In doing so he demonstrates, chillingly, that such murders are almost impossible to predict, and therefore almost impossible to prevent.
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Article Number:
138312
Author:
Christopher Berry-Dee
Brand Name:
Allen & Unwin
ISBN:
9781789464214
Number of Pages:
304
Product Contains:
Paperback
Product Depth:
2.4 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.6 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
02.02.2021
Publisher:
John Blake
Release Date:
Tue Feb 02 00:00:00 AEDT 2021