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It's an unfortunate fact that real life is sometimes more twisted than even the worst horror writer can imagine. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than when discussing serial killers. While many people can understand, if not condone, a crime of passion or vengeance, it is different for those who kill, time and time again, for reasons that the common person, could not hope to understand?
Those familiar with the Criminal Minds series will already know that the FBI has spent a great deal of time and resources in tracking, capturing, and ultimately understanding serial killers. According to them, a serial killer can be classified as such if he (used loosely since there are female serial killers):
Has killed a minimum of three or four individuals
Has what is termed a "cooling off" period between kills
Generally kills for reasons other than profit
Typically chooses strangers as victims, although they may have some symbolic value, such as bearing similar features to the real but somehow unattainable target
Exhibits a sadistic need to overpower/dominate victims, often by means of torture.
These points help to distinguish a serial killer from spree killers or even mass murderers, since these two groups tend to lack a cooling off period. However, some experts have suggested the inclusion of a hybrid "spree-serial killer" category. This is because some serial killers have experienced prolonged periods of sequential murder without the expected "rest" in between.
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By Maceli on 03-29-14
Creepy but informative
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you like learning about aberrant violent behavior, this is a good book. Short, but a well laid out explanation of what a serial killer is. Also, listening to a book like this is maybe better than reading because when you read, you have a tendency to read through some passages too quickly and not really get all the info. I really feel that I learned a lot for the time invested.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Serial Killers True Crime?
It was interesting to hear what Jack the Ripper and Jeffery Dahmer actually did when they murdered. It's different from what I always thought.
What does Francesca Townes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I thought that Francesca Townes did a great job. Very nice voice and articulate, and read at a good pace.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Invisible on 07-02-14
Okay junk book, great narration
Kind of a crap book but reasonably entertaining for a short road trip. The bit at the end about Thug Behram was unexpected and therefore interesting. I wasn't interested in the preface about the author at the beginning.
These serial killer junk books are almost always narrated by men trying hard to imitate the guy who does all the movie trailers. So, it was refreshing to hear a female voice in what was otherwise familiar territory about famous serial killers. Classed it up a little and kept my interest. Can't figure out why the "performance" has gotten lowest ratings, since it's the best thing in the book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful