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Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers by [Bonn, Scott]
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Powerful and a must-read! Dr. Bonn examines the serial killer, as depicted in fact and fiction, as a timeless cultural imperative. . . . Insightful, compelling, and an excellent source of myth-busting information for laymen and professionals alike. Burl Barer, award-winning crime author and radio host
Considered one of the world s top experts on criminal behavior, Scott Bonn has delivered a book which is so powerful and provocative, you cannot put it down. Indeed, through his diligent work and unparalleled access to these infamous killers who ve committed some of the most horrific crimes of our day, he provides chilling and critical insight into these deviant and pathological criminal minds . . . and reveals the truth behind the headlines. Rita Cosby,
Emmy Award-winning television host and bestselling author
For those of you that are interested in serial killerswhy they do what they doand want to go the extra mile and delve into their disturbed minds, this book is a must-read! Author Scott Bonn explains how their evil minds work and also takes on the challenge of debunking myths that go along with them. He explains their twisted fantasies and motives by getting it straight from the horse s mouththe killers themselves. He also discusses the members of our society who collect the belongings of serial killers, including hair, clothing and even dirt from their crime scenes. There isn t a stone left unturned in this book, that is, if you want to learn about the worst killers on the planet. Victoria Redstall, author and investigative journalist
In Why We Love Serial Killers, Drew University criminology professor Scott Bonn, PhD, simultaneously examines the public s and media s fascination with the monsters among us and the ways in which that attention impacts them. He writes about serial killers behaviors and the researchfrom the FBI s original work to more recent modelsthat informs the law enforcement professionals charged with profiling, catching, and studying them. A real bonus: Dr. Bonn s correspondence with Dennis Rader (BTK or Bind, Torture, Kill ) for its insight into the mind of an especially chilling murderous psychopath. As such, it is a stark reminder that, irrespective of any deceptively benign appearances to the contrary, they are never like us. Sue Russell, award-winning journalist and author of Lethal Intent, a biography of Aileen Wuornos
Scott Bonn has taken on one of the most horrifying, disgusting, and chilling type of criminals, serial killers, and illustrates their enduring appeal. Using social constructionist and functionalist analyses, he delves into society s strange attraction to these infamous murderers, provides insight into some of America s most famous examples, and explains why we are so attracted to the nuances of these people s lives and motivations. Squarely looking the news media in the face for sensationalizing and even romanticizing these criminals for the sake of ratings and raising the public s fear, Bonn answers the questions about why we remain lured by these stories, our fascination with them, and why the serial killer will long endure in our consciousness as a repulsive yet captivating character in criminology. Peter Adler, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, University of Denver, and Patricia Adler, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado
Scott Bonn s book, Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World s Most Savage Murderers, makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of a subject that seems to fascinate many Americans. Interest in serial killers, Bonn reminds us, far outstrips their murderous activities that make up only a small portion of murders committed in the US. In addition to dispelling myths about serial murder and murderers, he gives an in-depth profile of some of the most notorious killers, including fascinating insight on Dennis Rader, the BTK killer who has become Bonn s pen pal and confidant. Bonn uses a constructionist perspective to help us understand this fascination with these psychopathic murderers, showing how their creation satisfies the needs of a broad segment of society. All in all, Bonn provides a noteworthy contribution to the literature of the field, one that opens new doors for understanding the inner drives that propel these killers into committing their savage acts. Larry Siegel, professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, UMass-Lowell
Many of us are fascinated by serial killers but have little understanding of why that is so. In Why We Love Serial Killers, Dr. Scott Bonn delves into intriguing social-psychological issues that surround our curiosity and even obsession with the world s most ruthless killers. He carefully and vividly explains our fascination with evil and shows powerful evidence that the news and entertainment media glorify serial killers and turn them into what he calls celebrity monsters. Along the way, he defines serial killers, explains how their often psychopathic minds operate, identifies their varied and complex motivations, and offers new and unique insights into two infamous serial killersthe Son of Sam and Bind, Torture, Kill based on his personal contact with them. Dr. Bonn delivers a brilliant examination of the most dangerous and unremorseful humans on the planet. This book is thought-provoking and it debunks popular stereotypes about serial killers such as they are all young, white males. Dr. Bonn has authored a must-read for both the amateur and professional or academic enthusiast of crime. RJ Parker, bestselling true crime author of Top Cases of the FBI
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"Powerful and a must-read! Dr. Bonn examines the serial killer, as depicted in fact and fiction, as a timeless cultural imperative. . . . Insightful, compelling, and an excellent source of myth-busting information for laymen and professionals alike." --Burl Barer, award-winning crime author and radio host
"Considered one of the world's top experts on criminal behavior, Scott Bonn has delivered a book which is so powerful and provocative, you cannot put it down. Indeed, through his diligent work and unparalleled access to these infamous killers who've committed some of the most horrific crimes of our day, he provides chilling and critical insight into these deviant and pathological criminal minds . . . and reveals the truth behind the headlines." --Rita Cosby,
Emmy Award-winning television host and bestselling author
"For those of you that are interested in serial killers--why they do what they do--and want to go the extra mile and delve into their disturbed minds, this book is a must-read! Author Scott Bonn explains how their evil minds work and also takes on the challenge of debunking myths that go along with them. He explains their twisted fantasies and motives by getting it straight from the horse's mouth--the killers themselves. He also discusses the members of our society who collect the belongings of serial killers, including hair, clothing and even dirt from their crime scenes. There isn't a stone left unturned in this book, that is, if you want to learn about the worst killers on the planet." --Victoria Redstall, author and investigative journalist
In Why We Love Serial Killers, Drew University criminology professor Scott Bonn, PhD, simultaneously examines the public's and media's fascination with the monsters among us and the ways in which that attention impacts them. He writes about serial killers' behaviors and the research--from the FBI's original work to more recent models--that informs the law enforcement professionals charged with profiling, catching, and studying them. A real bonus: Dr. Bonn's correspondence with Dennis Rader (BTK or "Bind, Torture, Kill") for its insight into the mind of an especially chilling murderous psychopath. As such, it is a stark reminder that, irrespective of any deceptively benign appearances to the contrary, "they" are never like "us." --Sue Russell, award-winning journalist and author of Lethal Intent, a biography of Aileen Wuornos
"Scott Bonn has taken on one of the most horrifying, disgusting, and chilling type of criminals, serial killers, and illustrates their enduring appeal. Using social constructionist and functionalist analyses, he delves into society's strange attraction to these infamous murderers, provides insight into some of America's most famous examples, and explains why we are so attracted to the nuances of these people's lives and motivations. Squarely looking the news media in the face for sensationalizing and even romanticizing these criminals for the sake of ratings and raising the public's fear, Bonn answers the questions about why we remain lured by these stories, our fascination with them, and why the serial killer will long endure in our consciousness as a repulsive yet captivating character in criminology." --Peter Adler, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, University of Denver, and Patricia Adler, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado
Scott Bonn's book, Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers, makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of a subject that seems to fascinate many Americans. Interest in serial killers, Bonn reminds us, far outstrips their murderous activities that make up only a small portion of murders committed in the US. In addition to dispelling myths about serial murder and murderers, he gives an in-depth profile of some of the most notorious killers, including fascinating insight on Dennis Rader, the BTK killer who has become Bonn's pen pal and confidant. Bonn uses a constructionist perspective to help us understand this fascination with these psychopathic murderers, showing how their creation satisfies the needs of a broad segment of society. All in all, Bonn provides a noteworthy contribution to the literature of the field, one that opens new doors for understanding the inner drives that propel these killers into committing their "savage" acts." --Larry Siegel, professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, UMass-Lowell
Many of us are fascinated by serial killers but have little understanding of why that is so. In Why We Love Serial Killers, Dr. Scott Bonn delves into intriguing social-psychological issues that surround our curiosity and even obsession with the world's most ruthless killers. He carefully and vividly explains our fascination with evil and shows powerful evidence that the news and entertainment media glorify serial killers and turn them into what he calls "celebrity monsters." Along the way, he defines serial killers, explains how their often psychopathic minds operate, identifies their varied and complex motivations, and offers new and unique insights into two infamous serial killers--the "Son of Sam" and "Bind, Torture, Kill"--based on his personal contact with them. Dr. Bonn delivers a brilliant examination of the most dangerous and unremorseful humans on the planet. This book is thought-provoking and it debunks popular stereotypes about serial killers such as they are all young, white males. Dr. Bonn has authored a must-read for both the amateur and professional or academic enthusiast of crime. --RJ Parker, bestselling true crime author of Top Cases of the FBI

About the Author

Dr. Scott Bonn is a professor of criminology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His expert commentary has appeared in the "New York Times," the "Huffington Post," Headline News Network, and more. Dr. Bonn hosts a weekly college radio show and has recently appeared as an expert analyst in the A&E documentary "The Long Island Serial Killer." The author resides in Manhattan, New York.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (28 Oct. 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NS42FBW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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I greatly enjoyed this book, if `enjoyed' is the right term. The author's contention that the public has an insatiable appetite for serial killers is adequately borne out by the observation that, only some 14 days after its appearance this book has already attracted 12 US Amazon reviews. It contains insightful first-hand accounts offered by Dennis Rader and David Berkowitz.

The author is surely right that our fascination with this subject has something to do with experiencing fear and an adrenalin surge but under controlled conditions, such that we can always withdraw to safety at a time of our own choosing. It is rather like the pastime of diving in cages to be amongst feeding sharks. The `controlled uncertainty' of what might happen next attracts us.

I felt something of a conflict in the book, though this might reflect more the author's portrayal of a conflict between a scientific understanding within psychology and an understanding as socially constructed by the media. Thus Bonn writes (p.216): "The actions of serial killers are completely irreconcilable with society's need of logical explanations of human behaviour. The motiveless nature of the killings....." and (page 228) "..their behaviour is seemingly inexplicable and without coherent motive such as jealousy or rage". But are the actions really so inexplicable or incomprehensible and are the killings really motiveless? Surely to spend months in elaborate planning and incur enormous risks must reflect a very powerful motive. On page 218, Bonn writes "The motives and desires of serial killers are far more varied and complex than what is stereotypically portrayed in the news and entertainment media.
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Firstly, it’s confession time, as soon as I saw the title of this book I was drawn to it like a moth, I am one of those people who cannot resist reading about the people who carry out horrendous crimes. Throughout history there have been plenty of examples both real, and those which have been the product of somebody else’s mind, such as the serial killer Hannibal Lecter first made famous in the book and film Silence of the Lambs.

The author of this book, has however a special insight into its content. Not only is Dr Scott Bonn a Professor of Criminology but he also comes from a media and analytic background.

The author explores what makes these people so interesting to those of us who look on with morbid fascination at their crimes. He looks into their background, upbringing, and ultimately the people and events which have influenced them. However, he also looks at role that the killers themselves, media and law enforcement agencies have in the public’s perception.

For anyone interested in the subject, this book will be fascinating, famous serial killers such as David Berkowitz and Dennis Rader, and the author has interviewed some of them. There is also a look into the world of their cult followers and people who will pay for memorabilia and work by them, something I never realised happened.
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This book was fascinating to read, if gave you great insights into serial killers. It is also a fantastic reference book to help if you are studying crime etc. The fact that the author has met two serial killers and writes about his correspondence with them. It was great to get into the mind of a serial killer and see what they are thinking and how are they are feeling. The author explain things in a lot of detail and gives recaps at the end of each chapter.
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Mr. Bonn delves takes the reader into the criminology and criminal minds of why people are curious about serial killers.

The book is well written, yet written more informative as Mr. Bonn provides insight into the serial killers mind.

For those that watch shows on anything that deals with the criminal, serial, or investigative this is a book for you.
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I found the chapter structure really amateurish, the way that i used to get marked down for essays in college. The same people are constantly used as examples rather then giving a diverse range of people we may not have heard of. I bought the book because i heard the guy talking on a podcast i love. I wish i had just stuck with the podcast now
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