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Books are my passion, and at the moment I’m into true crimes.

The best I have yet read is called: THE SERIAL KILLER FILES: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter.

This is an amazing read. But with 423 pages it’s not a light read, or for the light hearted; it’s very, very graphic.

To wet your appetite, here is its list of contents…

CONTENTS

Title Page

Dedication

Half Title Page

Introduction

ONE: WHAT IT MEANS

Origin of the Term

Definitions

Categories of Carnage: Serial/Mass/Spree

Psychopath vs. Psychotic

Psychopaths: The Mask of Sanity

“Moral Insanity”

Psychotics: The Living Nightmare

Beyond Madness

TWO: WHO THEY ARE

Ten Traits of Serial Killers

Warning Signs

How Smart Are Serial Killers?

Male and Female

Angels of Death

Black Widows

Deadlier Than the Male

Black and White

Young and Old

Straight and Gay

Bloodthirsty “Bi”s

Partners in Crimes

Folie à Deux

Killer Couples

The Family That Slays Together

Married with Children

Bluebeards

Work and Play

Uncivil Servants

Killer Cops

Medical Monsters

Nicknames

Serial Killers International

THREE: A HISTORY OF SERIAL MURDER

Serial Murder: Old as Sin

Grim Fairy Tales

Serial Slaughter Through the Ages

FOUR: GALLERY OF EVIL—TEN AMERICAN MONSTERS

Lydia Sherman

Belle Gunness

H. H. Holmes

Albert Fish

Earle Leonard Nelson

Edward Gein

Harvey Murray Glatman

John Wayne Gacy

Gary Heidnik

Jeffrey Dahmer

FIVE: SEX AND THE SERIAL KILLER

Perversions

Sadism

The Man Who Invented Sadism

Science Looks at Sadism

Wilhelm Stekel

de River and Reinhardt

Disciples of De Sade

Dominance

Fetishism

Transvestism

Vampirism

Cannibalism

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Pedophilia

Gerontophilia

The World’s Worst Pervert

SIX: WHY THEY KILL

Atavism

Brain Damage

Child Abuse

Mother Hate

Bad Seed

Mean Genes

Adoption

Fantasy

Bad Books, Malignant Movies, Vile Videos

Pornography

Profit

Celebrity

Copycats

The Devil Made Me Do It

SEVEN: EVIL IN ACTION

Triggers

Hunting Grounds

Prey

Targets of Opportunity

Snares

“Wanted: Well-Built Man for Slaughter”

Signature, Ritual, MO

Methods

Rippers

Stranglers

Ax Murderers

Poisoners

Shooters

Taunts

Escalation

Torture

Trophies

Disposal

EIGHT: HOW IT ENDS

Profiling

Origins

The Mind Hunters

How It Works

Capture

Psychics

Suicide

Punishment

NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity)

Unsolved

NINE: SERIAL KILLER CULTURE

Fun with Serial Killers

Art

Music

Film

Literature

Humor

Murderbilia

Tourist Spots

Groupies

Has anyone read this book? Or have you any good suggestions for my next read?

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Whoever Fights Monsters

Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

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Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed

The one by Patricia Cornwell? Amazing read, I enjoyed it. Do you think it was the painter?

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I'm sort of on the fence with it, but mitochondrial DNA showed that he did write at least some of the letters.

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Cannot go wrong with a classic.

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Cannot go wrong with a classic.

Thanks, will check it out, and let you know what I think!

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Try "The Shoemaker: Anatomy of a Psychotic". I'm sure it's out of print, but it's a great read.

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Try "The Shoemaker: Anatomy of a Psychotic". I'm sure it's out of print, but it's a great read.

It may be out of print, but you can still buy it on Amazon, I just bought a copy for $5.40. Thanks for the suggestion. I also got Capote's, sounds interesting. Thanks for the suggestions...

Yelekiah: I also picked up A Portrait of a Killer, but, I thought Patricia Cornwell just wrote novels.... I didn't know she also wrote true crime?? I guess you learn something new everyday......

P.S. If you like quirky little reads, another good one is Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil. It does not read like your average true crime and you know the guy did it from the start. But the atmosphere of the book and the quirkiness really make it a good read.

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Yelekiah: I also picked up A Portrait of a Killer, but, I thought Patricia Cornwell just wrote novels.... I didn't know she also wrote true crime?? I guess you learn something new everyday......

The book is amazing. She put a lot of hard work into it!

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Simply enough, "The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers" is the most informative one I've read.

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My favourite true crime book would have to be 'Body of Evidence' by Brian Innes.

this is taken from Amazon.com

This fast-paced, authoritative book offers a compelling look at the way scientific techniques have helped investigators solve some of the most famous crimes in history. More than 100 true crime cases discussed.

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The best I have yet read is called: THE SERIAL KILLER FILES: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter.

Has anyone read this book? Or have you any good suggestions for my next read?

I like that one to. It's really the only book I have on serial killers. A lot of the stuff I read is online like at crimelibrary.com and other sites. :tu:

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if you like serial killers there is a web site i think it's just called serial killers that lists them and what happened with photos etc...it even updates them if something new were to happen like with the BTK killer....

Other then that true crime stores about Lizzie Borden are usually good as well as the old ones like helter skelter...but everyone has read that i think :rofl:

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I also recommend Patrica's Jack the Ripper book! Also anything by Lowell Cauffiel! His books are awesome! The research put into his books are amazing, it's almost like your reading a fiction story! I don't remember the name of it, but he wrote a book about some lezbian killer nurses which was great! Also his House of Secret's is quite a freaky tale!

Check out not only Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter, but And the Sea Will Tell.

Hope that helps, there's some good reading there!

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"Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, this book was my first reading encounter with a sick and murderous mind. It scared the hell out of me.

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Amybutts, let me know what you thought of "The Shoemaker" when you're finished!

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whoever fights monsters

human monsters

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any book written by the retired fbi profiler john douglas is an excellent read.the two books ex la cop mark furman's 2 books are also excellent!!! :tu:

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And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story by Deborah Spungen about Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious. It's an excellent book: Book Description

"For most of us, it was just another horrible headline. But for Deborah Spungen, the mother of Nancy, who was stabbed to death at the Chelsea Hotel, it was both a relief and a tragedy. Here is the incredible story of an infant who never stopped screaming, a toddler who attacked people, a teenager addicted to drugs, violence, and easy sex, a daughter completely out of control--who almost destroyed her parents' marriage and the happiness of the rest of her family."

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/044991141...glance&n=283155

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Amybutts, let me know what you thought of "The Shoemaker" when you're finished!

Will do :tu: I just received it in the mail yesterday! I'm looking forward to reading it... Thank you for the suggestion, I would never even have known it was out there.....

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I like reading John Douglas books. . they have a bunch of info on profiling as well as the cases he worked on. Zodiac by Robert Graysmith was pretty good, and I really found "The Diary of Jack the Ripper" interesting, even if most people think it's a hoax.

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There is a book by a man named Peter Vronsky about serial Killers. Can't remeber the title right off hand. Very good read.

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Anything by John Doulgas or Robert Ressler- they are the experts on serial killers..

But it depends on what aspect of true crime you're after...

I have alot of encyclopaedia's of violent crime and criminolgy. They are excellent, but not cheap (one cost $300AUS)

One of my personal faves are The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Also there's alot of books on Austrlaian crime for anyone who's interested. There's a series called "Never to be Released" by Paul Kidd which discusses some pretty interesting Australian crime. Although he tends to be a bit biased in some chapters and really gets to me when he gets all judgemental instead of simply giving us the facts..

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The Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter, anything by Max Haines, a Canadian writer who writes about true cases, and of course, " In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. Ann Rule is good too, but I find her style a bit "wordy"! :D And I don't Want to Live This Life is very very good too! As is John Douglas.

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