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An exhaustive study of the phenomenon of spree killing
Spree killing has long been recognised as a rapidly escalating phenomenon in the USA barely a month goes by without some new case horrifying the world. But Michael Ryans killing spree in Hungerford, a sleepy market town in the Home Counties, demonstrated that even in Britain which has some of the most stringent gun laws in the world nowhere is safe. Even during this year we have seen a number of unprovoked attacks vicious, ugly and horrifically bloody at the very heart of the community. This month alone has seen the killing of a six year old by one of her own classmates and the unprovoked slaughter of five people in a McDonalds restaurant.
Lone Wolf is the first book to look at spree killing as a worldwide phenomenon, analysing seven key cases in exhaustive detail to answer how and why such events occur, and what we can do to prevent them. What emerges is a frightening account of how loneliness, frustration and isolation can drive a man and they are all men to the edge and beyond.
In this gripping and comprehensive study, the author examines the history and background of spree killers past and present and details the events leading up to the most infamous killing sprees Hungerford, Dunblane, Port Arthur, Atlanta and others in unflinching detail. The authors research has included interviews with eyewitnesses, staff from emergency services, police and psychiatrists, and the book also features a selection of rare photographs.