The Will To Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder (5th Revised edition)

The Will To Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder (5th Revised edition)

By: Kenna Quinet (author), Jack Levin (author), James Alan Fox (author)Paperback

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Authored by renowned experts, this book reviews homicide laws, introduces theories purporting to explain murder, and presents up-to-date statistical data identifying homicide patterns and trends. It covers topics ranging from domestic and workplace homicide to cult and hate killings; murder committed by juveniles to serial slayings. Finally, it examines criminal justice responses to homicide, including the strategies and tactics employed to apprehend, prosecute, and punish killers. This edition also reflects recent legislative changes and Supreme Court decisions, includes new case examples, and contains extensively expanded discussions of family and school homicide.

About Author

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has published 18 books, dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country, primarily in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. As a member of its Board of Contributors, his opinion column appears frequently in USA TODAY. Fox often gives keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in criminal and civil court proceedings. He has briefed various leaders here and abroad, and has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He also served as a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on homicide patterns and trends. Finally, he has received several awards and honors for his work, including the Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment scholarship. Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books, most recently The Violence of Hate and Hate Crime: A Global Perspective. Dr. Levin has also published more than 250 articles and columns in professional journals, books, magazines, and newspapers, such as The New York Times, London Sunday Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and USA Today. Dr. Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its "Professor of the Year" and by the American Sociological Association for his contributions to the public understanding of sociology. He has also received awards from the Eastern Sociological Society, New England Sociological Association, Association of Clinical and Applied Sociology, and Society for the Study of Social Problems. Moreover, he has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Kenna Quinet is an associate professor of criminal justice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is also a certified medico-legal death investigator and Deputy Coroner at the Marion County Coroner's Office. Her research interests include homicide, missing persons, causes of death, unidentified and unclaimed dead. Quinet teaches homicide courses as well as an animal rights course at IUPUI and she has won more than 15 teaching awards. Since 1992 she has worked closely with law enforcement, provided more than 80 media interviews, does cold case homicide consultations and serves as an Indiana representative for NamUs, the national missing and unidentified persons system.


About the Authors Preface CHAPTER 1: The Lure and the Law of Homicide Fascination with Murder Selling Evil Homicide Law Murder First-Degree Murder Second-Degree Murder Manslaughter Defenses to Criminal Homicide Justifiable Homicides by Police and Citizens Excuses for Homicide and Diminished Capacity Homicide Law in Practice CHAPTER 2: The Killers and Their Victims Race Differences Gender Differences Age Differences Differences by Location The Role of Firearms Changing Patterns in Homicide Chicken Little and the Ferguson Defect Breaking the Mold CHAPTER 3: Explaining the Will to Kill The Devil Made Me do it Back to the Classics Using Science to Explain Violence Early Biological Explanations of Criminal Behavior Modern Biosocial Theory and Neurocriminology The Human Brain This Is Your Brain on Drugs Genetics Killer Instincts? The Future of Biological Explanations of Homicidal Behavior Psychological Explanations Psychosis Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Personality Disorders Freud and Psychoanalysis Evolutionary Psychology Personality Traits Paraphilias IQ and Crime The Social Sources of Murder Social Disorganization Strain, Frustration, and Murder Cultural Deviance Learning to Kill Self-Control, Social Control, and Murder Labeling Theory Integrated Theories A Word of Caution About Cause CHAPTER 4: Intimate and Family Murder Killing for Profit and Practicality Obsession and Jealousy Power, Control, and Abuse Family Annihilation Murder for Love Murder-Suicide Parricide Filicide Infanticide Motherhood by Proxy Prevention and Response CHAPTER 5: The Young and the Ruthless An "Epidemic" of Youth Homicide Explaining the 1990s Decline Principles of Prevention Dial M for Media Juveniles in the Adult System Looking Ahead CHAPTER 6: Well-Schooled in Murder The Risk of School Homicide Copycat Shootings Adult School Shooters Explaining School Massacres Blaming Parents Fear Factor Threatening Words and Warning Signs Responses to School Shootings Overprotection Healthy and Safe Schools On to College CHAPTER 7: Serial Killers The Many Forms of Serial Killing Deceiving Appearances Prevalence and Trends Characteristics of Serial Killers Victims of Serial Murder Killing Together Beyond U.S. Borders The Murdering Mind Explanations for Serial Murder Biological Factors Childhood Factors CHAPTER 8: Medical Murder and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Counting Medical Murders Healthcare Murders Globally Motives and Types of Medical Murderers Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Administrative Facilitators and Failures Prevention and Intervention Looking Ahead CHAPTER 9: Rampage Mass Murder Methodical and Selective The Role of Firearms Indiscriminate Massacres Targeting a Category of Victims Getting Even Through Murder Losses and Frustrations Profile of the Workplace Avenger Preventing Murders by Disgruntled Employees and Customers CHAPTER 10: Hate Homicides Characteristics of Hate Homicide Types of Hate Homicide Thrill Hate Crimes Defensive Hate Crimes Retaliatory Hate Crimes Mission Hate Crimes Organized Hate Groups The Role of the Military Current State of Hate Crime Laws CHAPTER 11: Murderous Terror Hate Homicide and Domestic Terrorism International Terrorism The Rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) Terrorism in Europe Homegrown Terrorism American Muslims and Domestic Terrorism Left-Wing vs. Right-Wing Terrorists Single-Issue Terrorism The Impact of Murderous Terror Reducing Murderous Terrorism CHAPTER 12: Cult Killings Dangerous Cults The Appeal of Cults Charismatic Leaders and Their Followers Needs Fulfilled by Cults Normal People in Abnormal Situations Suicide or Homicide? CHAPTER 13: Catching Killers Science of the Lambs Forensic Applications of DNA Technological Advances Forensic Error Clearance Rates Investigating Challenging Homicide Cases ViCAP NamUs Behavioral Profiling Geographic Profiling Sightings and Visions Working a Homicide in the Media Spotlight CHAPTER 14: Getting Away with Murder, or Not The Insanity Defense The Insanity Defense in Practice Revelations Under Hypnosis Capital Punishment The Deterrence Debate Race and the Death Penalty Other Issues Surrounding the Death Penalty Juvenile Injustice Epilogue: Epidemic Thinking and Overresponse Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781506365961
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781506365961
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1506365965
  • edition: 5th Revised edition

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