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Not even worth passing the time with.,
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This review is from: Dark Truths: Modern Theories of Serial Murder (Paperback)
This book may seem impressive to those who have not read much literature on Serial Killing. I do not say this out of a particular disdain for the authors, but the disappointment that comes through with this book is particularly awful.
The main theme is based around 5 basic (self-explanatory) theories:
1. The Offense Cycle Model
2. The Fantasy Addiction Model
3. The Medical Model
4. The Narcissistic Personality Theory
5. Evolutionary Model
One cannot help but think that these "theories" are just blown up & elaborated points borrowed from some of the more sophisticated analyses done by other experts who have previously published better quality work in this area of study.
Also, basing 2 of the theories on killers Arthur Shawcross and Douglas Clark as examples with as much assertion as put forward in the book is complete folly, either that or very poor research.
It is still debated whether or not these 2 "killers" have actually been involved in the murders they were charged with, the knowledge on these cases seem to have been pulled straight off any old random internet article, with little depth. And although excerpts are included from letter correspondence between the killer and author, there is (much) too little to be utilized to shed any light on the truths.
It seems the authors try to fit the Serial Killer in with the theories, rather than the theories in with the Serial Killer. This may not make much sense, but all is clear when one reads the book.
An example: The Narcissistic Personality Theory
According to the authors; Douglas Clark berrates the rescue services for their "impotent" reactions during 9/11 because he is a narcissistic and thinks highly of himself.
Like this, many of the observations are painfully speculatative that if one strips away the fact that one of the authors is a respected "Dr", then the text would present itself as it really is - amateur gwawbling. Much too superfluous and much too impractical.