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Sadistic Killers: Profiles of Pathological Predators Paperback – 12 Feb 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (12 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840245816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840245813
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Can sadistic killers, through therapy and counselling be induced to confront their demons and improve their lot? Hard-bitten ex-cops might endeavour to scoff this theory into extinction, whereas Carol Anne Davis believes that this treatment might be productive; but whatever the case, in her latest and tremendously well documented and researched book, Ms. Davis delves into the gory world of sadistic killers, getting off to a cracking start with Neville Heath who murdered two women and where (although Ms. Davis does not allude to the fact) the second murder, due to a sketchy investigation, was entirely preventable.

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.
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Quickly shipped, well packed.
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.
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Really well condensed, so you get lots of info in a short space, rather than reams of rubbish.

Split up well into categories, 'English', 'American' etc. etc.

Brilliant, unbelievable dark souls, worth a read.
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My main interest is 'why'. For some of the people profiled in this book 'why' is a bit threadbare, presumably because their life stories are not well known, but the graphic details of what they did, sparing nothing, were too much for me and I quit the book before reading it all for the two above reasons.

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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For anyone doing The Psychology of Criminal Profiling, this is a good source of info. Interesting even if youre not using for reference.
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Far from the ill written and sensationalist crime books my mum reads this looks at the crimes of terrifying sadists from a scientific, psychological and sociological perspective. It is objective and thorough but not for the faint hearted. These are the most depraved killers imaginable
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if yo like gore and true crime youll love this book its brilliant and with such detail too...
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