Hunting Humans: The Rise Of The Modern Multiple Murderer Paperback – Aug 9 2005
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Originally published in 1984, Leyton's pioneering work on the psychology of mass murderers has been updated and revised for this second edition. Clearly written, thoroughly readable and deliberately free of sociological jargon, it is an important contribution to its field and to the public at large, for whom it clarifies a dark and nightmarish phenomenon of our time. Analyzing case histories from Bundy to Berkowitz, Leyton demystifies the mass murderer. He begins with a brilliant description of the foremost serial killer of fiction, Hannibal Lecter, and demonstrates how little he resembles his real-life counterparts. To begin with, there has not been an aristocratic serial killer in centuries; most, says Leyton, are from the working classes. Nor are they diabolical geniuses; rather, they tend to be surprisingly dull-witted. Leyton's contention is that serial killers are not insane, but a product of their environment. They have been with us for centuries, he argues, and tend to come and go cyclically. (Recent research claims that 15% of them are female.) According Leyton, the serial killer sees his act as a form of revenge upon a specific social class that has denied him the social acceptance that he craves. The elements of sadism and sexual pervasion are his means of punishing his supposed persecutors. A professor of anthropology at Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Leyton has written a number of books on psychology, and this volume in particular is a most enlightening work.
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“Clearly written, thoroughly readable and deliberately free of sociological jargon, [Hunting Humans] is an important contribution to its field and to the public at large.”
“Leyton has become probably the world’s most widely consulted expert on serial killing — his books are required reading for homicide detectives.”
“Fascinating and thought-provoking.”
Top Customer Reviews
Leyton views multiple murderers from a sociological rather than a psychiatric standpoint. The evidence underlying his arguments is solid. His main conclusion is that multiple murderers seek to destroy members of a social class secure in its position in the social hierarchy that have excluded him (sometimes her) from their ranks. Bundy, DeSalvo, and the rest belonged to the lower or lower middle classes and despite being superficially accepted by the social hierarchy above them, they were acutely aware of their humble origins and hypersensitive to rejection. In fact, all of the murderers that Leyton discusses in detail spoke greatly at length about wanting to punish the people they felt had rejected them. Though it is hard to imagine that multiple murderers are not psychotic, it appears that not only are they sane for the most part, they have a conscious or subconscious agenda to destroy the people they feel will never accept them.
The case that best exemplifies Leyton's thesis, in my opinion, is the case of Mark Essex. Essex was killed on the roof of a hotel in early January of 1975 after a killing spree that left over 10 people dead.Read more ›
I can't imagine a non-fiction book on this subject without ANY pictures at all....not that we don't know what these people look like but what does it cost to include a few pages of pictures.
Concise and absolutely copmplete Mr. Leyton delves into the phychological deamons driving serial killers ...and does a supurb job.
The killers covered are...Edmund Kemper 111,Ted Bundy,Albert Desalvo,David..Son of Sam..BerkowitzMark Essex and Charlie Starkweather.
Quite the group and what a story they have to tell.
Abdolutely gripping I read this in 2 days straight.
Most recent customer reviews
A well written fascinating perspective on the multiple murderer phenomenon. It's particularly refreshing to take a non-psychiatric approach to explain repugnant behaviour.Published on Feb. 23 2011 by Wizzy
This book is a real gem! Not only do the case studies grab you and not let go, you get to see inside the killer's head. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002
I've read this book while writining my MA thesis on the subject of serial killers. It's the fascinating, and wonderfuly written book - will keep you on the edge of your seat. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2000 by email@example.com