Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter VronskySerial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky

Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

byPeter Vronsky

Paperback | October 5, 2004

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A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers such as:

“Co-ed Killer” Ed Kemper • The BTK Killer • “Highway Stalker” Henry Lee Lucas • Monte Ralph Rissell • “Shoe Fetish Slayer” Jerry Brudos • “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez • “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski • Ed Gein “The Butcher of Plainfield” • “Killer Clown” John Wayne Gacy • Ted Bundy • Andrew Cunanan • And more...

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 fifteenth-century France on to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, the BTK killer, Henry Lee Lucas, Monte Ralph Rissell, Jerry Brudos, Richard Ramirez, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the “serial rampage killer” such as Andrew Cunanan, who murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer but also makes concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one—from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. 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.

Peter Vronsky is the author of two bestselling true-crime histories: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters. He is an investigative historian, author, filmmaker and new media designer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in criminal justice history and...
Title:Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of MonstersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 5, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425196402

ISBN - 13:9780425196403


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands Down BEST Book On Serial Killers This was one of the first books on serial killers I read years ago, and none since have come close to this one. It is incredibly well-researched, offering more information on each killer that the common cursory information that every other serial killer compilation book offers. Reading other books feels like regurgitation of one to the next while Vronsky's book gives information that takes more than a Google search to find. On top of that, the most wonderful thing is the organization of the book and the style it's written in! Often non-fiction books of this nature feel akin to a textbook, but Vronsky's style of writing keeps the reader engrossed and propels them through the book. The flow of the book is easy to follow, like a conversation with a friend as opposed to a clinical essay. I recommend this book to everyone interested in this subject matter. 10/10
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down One of the most informative and engaging books on the subject. I like that it takes the time to explore several serial killers and their pasts. Highly recommended :)
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Informative! Im about to finish this book and I have to say that I love it! It really helps the readers get into the minds of a serial killer. It has loads of information and gives examples of real killers. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it does repeat some info from one chapter to another. Other than that it was a great book!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Really helped with my school project, one of the best books on serial killers.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Definitive History of Serial Murder I've read almost every book on serial killers and this is by far the best I have come across. It covers in detail all sorts of aspects of serial killer history, investigative techniques, case studies and psychology in much better detail than the usual encyclopedias. Lots of stuff that's not in other books: a chapter on how to survive a serial killer if one confronts you -- based on serial killer's explanations why they let free alive some of the victims they had captured. The politics of the so-called serial killer epidemic in the 1980s. Unversity studies on the actual effectiveness of police profilers. New developments in geographic profiling. Very up-to-date book . A sober, serious book with an occasional well-placed sardonic edge in some of the writing -- very good read, compelling and very complete. Some Canadian content as well -- a description of a serial killer in Toronto -- a case rarely described in other literature and virtually unknown despite its unusual circumstances. The author is a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto working on the history of the Toronto Police. He is former investigative news producer and documentary filmmaker who accidentally crossed paths twice with notorious serial killers before their capture--once in New York City and once in Moscow--and was inspired to write the book based on his two brief encounters, which he chillingly describes in the book.
Date published: 2005-05-06

Editorial Reviews

“This formidably comprehensive, brilliantly researched book must be the most wide-ranging work on serial killers that has been written so far. The fact that it sprang from the author’s brief encounters with two serial killers lends it a sense of personal urgency.”—Colin Wilson, author of Killers Among Us and Written in Blood.   “Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters is one of the most complete books I have read on serial killers. If you are fascinated by the human mind and by those who are abnormal, this is the book for you.”—Roundtable Reviews