From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes.Before the term was coined in 1981, there were no "serial killers." There were only "monsters"--killers society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos.In Sons of Cain--a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime--investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers--Vronsky's 2004 book, which has been called "the definitive history of the phenomenon of serial murder"--he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers who engage in murd...
|Title||:||Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
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Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present Reviews
I thought it would be an chronology of serial killers but it seemed to be a pseudo university project about types of serial killers and their motivations.
This was disturbingly wonderful to read! Icantc can't wait to tell everyone about his book! Thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review!
A very fascinating and well researched read about the history of serial killers. The chapters on the history of 'werewolves' and 'witches' were very interesting and informative.
Mentioned in BBC article “Why were there so many serial killers in the 1980s?” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-ca...
Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you now, this one is a lot more technical than you would expect (which could translate into a more dry read for some). The amount of research that went into this book is amazing.
SONS OF CAIN focuses more on the serial k ...more
“Justice withers, prison corrupts, and society gets the criminal it deserves.”
Putting to rest the idea that serial killings were an epidemic of the 20th century, historian Peter Vronsky sets out to explore the ancient and not-so-ancient history of pattern murderers across (mostly Western) societies. What I found most interesting is the argument that these crimes hold a mirror to the society and cultural conflicts of their time.
Murder, necrophilia, or cannibalism may not have been s ...more
This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ‘serial killer’ and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it’s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with parts of it due to my sleep disorder, which caused me difficulty getting through it so I’ll likely go back and read it again at a later date when it’s not acting up as much. For those interested in the subject, you may ...more
Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and Gacy's paintbox and some paintings, etc. So to satisfy my morbid curiosity, I turn to books.
I was lucky enough to win this one. The book is divided in three parts. The first section gets into the definition of a se ...more