The authors chronicle the role sexuality and a changing social climate play in the minds of serial killers. They note how the proliferation of serial killers has occurred only during the 20th century, after WWII. They do go back in time to some of the earliest serial killers, mainly found in Europe, then up to the 1980's. Many serial killers are profiled. Some of the causes to the increase in such killers are attributed to an increased population, pornography and relaxed social mores. I would add in as factors our mobile society, increased leisure time and communities where no one knows their neighbor. In some cases, serial killers became that way after suffering a terrible blow to the frontal lobe. This is something I've noticed in my own review of serial killers. The authors sketch many of the serial killers' lives and crimes and a few are written about more in-depth than the others. Most of these killers did horrid crimes which is one reason I no longer want to pursue a certificate course in forensic studies! It's one thing to read about them but another to see their crimes! But for anyone wanting to study this science, this is a good beginners' book.
Human desires, inhuman acts, how sexual predators have killed for pleasure from Victorian England to today......written by one of the world's foremost authorities on serial murder. Examination of the motivations, patterns, delusions of psychotic killers....mistakenly bought two new copies and haven't read the book yet.