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Will to Kill, The: Making Sense of Senseless Murder,9780205314171

Will to Kill, The: Making Sense of Senseless Murder

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1st
ISBN13:

9780205314171

ISBN10:
0205314171
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

"This text presents an analysis of the nature and extent of homicide and the laws that apply to it. Included are detailed analyses of many different types of homicide, including those that involve: family, youth, serial killing, mass murder, school, hate, terror and cults. Public policy issues such as the insanity defense, the death penalty and investigative strategies are also covered."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Jack Levin is The Brudick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Authors xiii
The Law of Homicide
1(10)
Murder
2(2)
Manslaughter
4(2)
Defenses to Criminal Homicide
6(2)
Homicide Law in Practice
8(3)
Explaining Murder
11(20)
Murder as a Constant in Human Nature
11(2)
Individual Biological Differences
13(5)
Self-Control, Social Control, and Murder
18(1)
Strain, Frustration, and Murder
19(4)
Learning to Kill
23(3)
A Note of Caution
26(5)
The Killers and Their Victims
31(25)
Fascination with Murder
31(2)
Trends in homicide
33(4)
Race Differences
37(4)
Gender Differences
41(3)
Age Differences
44(4)
Differences by Location
48(8)
Intimate and Family Murder
56(17)
Killing For Profit
57(1)
Obsession and Jealousy
58(1)
Power, Control, and Abuse
59(5)
Family Annihilation
64(2)
Infanticide
66(4)
Killing for Love
70(3)
The Coming and Going of the Young Superpredators
73(17)
An Epidemic of Youth Homicide
73(6)
Explaining the Recent Decline
79(3)
Selling evil
82(5)
Looking Ahead
87(3)
Well-Schooled in Murder
90(12)
Blaming Parents
90(1)
Copycat Shootings
91(2)
Explaining School Massacres
93(2)
Responses to School Shootings
95(5)
Healthy and Safe Schools
100(2)
Serial Killers
102(15)
A Profile of Serial Killers
102(6)
The Murdering Mind
108(3)
``Angels of Death''
111(1)
Childhood Origins
112(5)
Rampage
117(11)
Methodical and Selective
118(2)
Losses and Frustrations
120(1)
Profile of a Mass Murderer
121(5)
Murderous Customers and Clients
126(2)
Hate Homicide
128(13)
Characteristics of Hate Murders
128(3)
Types of Hate Homicide
131(3)
Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism
134(3)
Organized Hate Groups
137(2)
Hate Crime Laws
139(2)
Cult Killings
141(10)
Dangerous Cults
141(1)
The Appeal of Cults
142(2)
Charismatic Leaders and Their Followers
144(2)
Needs Filled by Cults
146(2)
Normal People in Abnormal Situations
148(3)
Getting Away with Murder
151(19)
The Insanity Defense
151(5)
Justice for Juveniles
156(5)
Capital Punishment
161(9)
Suggested Readings 170(2)
Appendix A Note about Data Sources 172(4)
Index 176


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