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Will to Kill, The: Making Sense of Senseless Murder,9780205418800

Will to Kill, The: Making Sense of Senseless Murder

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780205418800

ISBN10:
0205418805
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

Written by world renowned experts, this supplemental text employs the general notion of power and control as a central and unifying thesis for understanding why people kill. This brief yet comprehensive and student-friendly book presents a classification of homicide theories, examining the will to kill from various perspectives.

Author Biography

James Alan Fox is The Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice, at Northeastern University in Boston Jack Levin is The Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology, at Northeastern University in Boston

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Authors xiii
The Lure and the Law of Homicide
1(12)
Fascination with Murder
1(2)
Homicide Law
3(1)
Murder
4(1)
Manslaughter
5(2)
Defenses to Criminal Homicide
7(2)
Homicide Law in Practice
9(4)
Explaining Murder
13(26)
The Devil Made Me Do It
13(1)
Back to the Classics
14(1)
Using Science to Explain Violence
15(1)
Biology Then and Now
16(3)
Psychological Causes of Violence
19(5)
The Social Sources of Murder
24(1)
Strain, Frustration, and Murder
25(3)
Cultural Deviance
28(1)
Learning to Kill
29(2)
Self-Control, Social Control, and Murder
31(1)
A Word of Caution about Cause
32(7)
The Killers and Their Victims
39(22)
Race Differences
43(3)
Gender Differences
46(3)
Age Differences
49(4)
Differences by Location
53(8)
Intimate and Family Murder
61(16)
Killing for Profit
62(1)
Obsession and Jealousy
63(1)
Power, Control, and Abuse
64(5)
Family Annihilation
69(1)
Infanticide
70(3)
Killing for Love?
73(4)
The Coming and Going of the Young Superpredators
77(16)
The Epidemic of Youth Homicide
77(5)
Explaining the 1990s Decline
82(4)
Selling Evil
86(3)
Looking Ahead
89(4)
Well-Schooled in Murder
93(12)
Blaming Parents
93(1)
Copycat Shootings
94(2)
Explaining School Massacres
96(2)
Responses to School Shootings
98(4)
Healthy and Safe Schools
102(3)
Serial Killers
105(14)
A Profile of Serial Killers
107(4)
The Murdering Mind
111(3)
Childhood Origins
114(3)
Victim Selection
117(2)
Medical Murder
119(12)
Counting Medical Murders
120(1)
Motives and Types of Medical Murderers
121(5)
Administrative Facilitators
126(1)
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
127(1)
Prevention and Intervention
128(3)
Rampage
131(12)
Methodical and Selective
131(3)
Losses and Frustrations
134(2)
Profile of the Workplace Avenger
136(4)
Murderous Customers and Clients
140(3)
Hate Homicides
143(10)
Characteristics of Hate Murders
143(3)
Types of Hate Homicide
146(3)
Organized Hate Groups
149(1)
Current State of Hate Crime Laws
150(3)
Murderous Terror
153(10)
Hate Homicide and Domestic Terrorism
153(1)
International Terrorism
154(1)
Homegrown Terrorism
155(2)
Left-Wing vs. Right-Wing Terrorists
157(3)
The Impact of Murderous Terror
160(3)
Cult Killings
163(12)
Dangerous Cults
164(1)
The Appeal of Cults
165(1)
Charismatic Leaders and Their Followers
166(2)
Needs Filled by Cults
168(2)
Normal People in Abnormal Situations
170(1)
Suicide or Homicide?
171(4)
Catching Killers
175(18)
Science of the Lambs
176(3)
Clearance Rates
179(4)
VICAP and Profiling
183(4)
Sightings and Visions
187(2)
Working a Homicide in the Media Spotlight
189(4)
Getting Away with Murder, or Not
193(22)
The Insanity Defense
193(6)
Justice for Juveniles
199(4)
Capital Punishment
203(7)
Epidemic Thinking and Over-Response
210(5)
Suggested Readings 215(2)
A Note about Data Sources 217(2)
Index 219


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