Sadistic Killers: Profiles of Pathological Predators Paperback – 12 Feb 2006
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'...positive and enlightening.' -- Desire Magazine
'Unflinching in detail but never gratuitous, this is an
informative read with a hopeful ending.'
-- True Crime Library
Compelling look at the formative years of a sadist. Unflinching in detail but never gratuitous. -- True Crime Library, April 2007
About the Author
Carol Anne Davis has been called by Booklist 'the Queen of Noir', and by The Times 'Scotland's leading woman of suspense'. She has made numerous radio and television appearances and maintains an excellent website,
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Part two of the book is devoted to American sadists, of whom the most dreadful was probably Robert Rhoades, convicted of just one murder but with his sophisticated torture kit, suspected of fifty others. Back in England, William Beggs, a homosexual, perverted murderer, was surely the worst of a bad bunch; completely out of control, slashing gay men with a razor, he was convicted of murder but later released on a technicality. Going on to attempt a veneer of sophistication by studying for a PhD, he later murdered a second time. Now imprisoned, he does what many of his ilk do best; manipulating the system, demanding porn magazines and taking or threatening legal action.
In a less lethal vein, Ms. Davis mentions the celebrity sadomasochists, including the composer, Percy Grainger who, with his wife concocted a quasi-legal (and invalid) document in which each agreed to exonerate the other, should either expire through being persistantly whipped. Grainger died in 1961; it is not clear if his demise was caused through a heart attack, septicaemia or exhaustion.Read more ›
Very brief overview of various serial killers - no profiling, just an overview of their "careers". They are classified in various ways, but the author seems not to be aware of the existence of organised and disorganized types of sk (at least she hadn't mentioned those types even once and I'm on page 281. Neither it is mentioned in the contents.).
The seller - I'd strongly recommend. The book itself - not really. No educational value.
Split up well into categories, 'English', 'American' etc. etc.
Brilliant, unbelievable dark souls, worth a read.
Some of the childhoods didn't seem to bare much relationship to what the perpetrators did - unless being close to your mother can turn people bad. What seems more apparent is that some people turn bad more easily than others, although Carole Anne Davis places a lot of the blame on the terrible treatment a lot of them had suffered. She does make a case for consenting sado masochism as against pure assault but that is not why I read the book.
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love this book, read it over and over. love the author, have nearly all her books including the fictional.Published 4 months ago by yvonne86
NOT NICE AND A LITTLE UNERVING KNOWING HOW MANY SICK PEOPLE THERE IS OUT THERE, THATS LIFE I SUPPOSE. BUT FASCINATING BEDTIME READINGPublished on 6 May 2014 by P. Rawcliffe
There were times when I felt physically sick reading this book. It is a powerful depiction of the depths of evil to which some inhuman individuals can sink. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by kathleen cannon
Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!Published on 28 Nov. 2013 by P. Callaghan
I got this and read one story, it was rather near the bone.
A bit gruesome and I love true crime, great stories but to