Publisher description for Extreme killing : understanding serial and mass murder / James Alan Fox and Jack Levin.


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Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder 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.
In Extreme Killing, 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.

Key Features

Written by world-renowned authors and experts in the field of multiple homicide
Uses an engaging writing style and incorporates a multitude of interesting case studies
Includes many photos of offenders and crime scenes


Extreme Killing
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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Serial murders -- United States.
Serial murders -- United States -- Case studies.
Mass murder -- United States.
Mass murder -- United States -- Case studies.