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The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Second Edition
  • Authored by: Michael Newton
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816061955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6195-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 364.15
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 528


Praise for the previous edition:
"...a good source of general information on the topic from a reputable publisher...an excellent choice..."—Booklist

Serial killers have long aroused society's curiosity. Recent high-profile cases and intense media coverage have drawn increased attention to this terrifying brand of crime, its shocking criminals, and the details of killers' heinous acts. The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Second Edition contains comprehensive information on hundreds of serial murderers and murder cases, from early history to the present. Debunking common myths and misconceptions, the encyclopedia avoids glamorizing serial killers and provides accurate accounts of who they are, how they operate, and how law enforcement hunts them and stops them from killing.

With more than 250 entries, including more than 60 new and updated, and more than 30 new photographs, The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Second Edition is an indispensable reference for students, researchers, and general readers interested in the macabre but fascinating world of serial killers.

New and updated entries include:

  • "Axe Man of New Orleans"
  • Black Widows and Bluebeards
  • Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a town plagued by murder
  • Jeffrey Dahmer, cannibal killer
  • Ed Gein, the inspiration for Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Jack the Ripper
  • The motives of serial killers
  • John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Sniper Killers
  • Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
  • Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer
  • John Edward Robinson Sr., the "Slavemaster"
  • Serial killers in film and fiction
  • ViCLAS, profiling, and serial killer investigations
  • Aileen Wuornos
  • and many others.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Michael Newton is a professional writer who has published more than 140 books. He has written primarily about crime, with a specialization in serial murder. His past books for Facts On File include The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings; The Encyclopedia of Robberies, Heists, and Capers; The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes; The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories; and The Encyclopedia of High-Tech Crime and Crime-Fighting. He lives in Nashville, IN.

Reviews and Awards

“…recommended for both public and academic libraries with strong social science collections. This book will appeal to both researchers and lay readers alike.”
American Reference Books Annual

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