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Extreme Killing
Understanding Serial and Mass Murder

Fifth Edition


April 2023 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Accessibly written, yet analytically rich, Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder, is renowned for its fascinating examination of historical and contemporary serial and mass murder. Authors and experts in the field, James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, and Emma Fridel, bring their years of research to bear in this fascinating analysis of serial, multiple, and mass murder. They examine the theories of criminal behavior and apply them to a multitude of tragic events that involve hate crimes, killings at religious services, music festivals, and school shootings. 

This Fifth Edition is filled with contemporary and classic case studies and has been updated to include coverage of controversial issues such as gun control and mental illness, the role of high-powered weapons in mass shootings, and the distinction between serial and mass murder. 
 
Part I Multiple Murder
 
Chapter 1: America’s Fascination with Multiple Murder
 
Chapter 2: Defining Multiple Murder
 
Chapter 3: Theories of Multiple Homicide
 
Part II Serial Murder
 
Chapter 4: An Anatomy of Serial Murder
 
Chapter 5: With Deliberation and Purpose
 
Chapter 6: Partners in Murder
 
Chapter 7: Killing for Company
 
Chapter 8: Fantasyland
 
Chapter 9: The Making of a Serial Killer
 
Chapter 10: Nonsexual Control
 
Chapter 11: Killing Cults
 
Chapter 12: Catching Serial Killers
 
Part III Mass Murder
 
Chapter 13: Mass Murder Facts
 
Chapter 14: For Love, Money or Revenge
 
Chapter 15: Family Annihilation
 
Chapter 16: Firing Back
 
Chapter 17: Well-Schooled in Mass Murder
 
Chapter 18: Fighting City Hall
 
Chapter 19: Hate-Motivated Mass Murder
 
Chapter 20: Terror as Tactic
 
Chapter 21: Going Berserk
 
Chapter 22: Weapons of Mass (Murder) Destruction
 
Part IV Aftermath
 
Chapter 23: Coping with Tragedy
 
Chapter 24: Postscript

Useful breakdown of chapters that parallel taught content.

Miss Sarah Louise Nelson
Health and Social Sciences, University Centre Grimsby
August 14, 2023

James Alan Fox

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 USAToday. Fox led the investigation of Seattle’s Capitol Hill mass shooting and was part of the task force investigating the serial murder of college students in Gainesville,... More About Author

Jack Levin

Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Northeastern University, where he codirects its Center on Violence and Conflict. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 books, most recently The Violence of Hate: Understanding Harmful Forms of Bias and Bigotry and The Allure of Premeditated Murder: Why Some People Plan to Kill. Levin has also published more than 250 articles and columns in professional journals, books, magazines, and newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The... More About Author

Emma E. Fridel

Emma E. Fridel is an assistant professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. She primarily studies the intersection of lethal violence and community context, focusing specifically on homicide, homicide-suicide, gun violence, serial and mass murder, intimate partner violence, and police use of lethal force. Her work has recently been published in Criminology, Social Forces, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Homicide Studies, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Significance Magazine. More About Author

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