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Hunting Humans: The Rise Of The Modern Multiple Murderer Paperback – Aug 9 2005


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 2 edition (Aug. 9 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771050259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771050251
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Paperback
I was required to read this text for a course, but instead to thinking it was a chore I became engulfed in the book. The breakdown of these infamous serial killers interests me and yet scares me that these killings are real and have happened to regular people - like me. The writing is done quite well, it is not dry for a book that is full of pertinent information, and I cannot complain that the writer is from my home province Newfoundland, Canada.
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By Wizzy on Feb. 23 2011
Format: Paperback
A well written fascinating perspective on the multiple murderer phenomenon. It's particularly refreshing to take a non-psychiatric approach to explain repugnant behaviour.
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This review is for the hardcover edition of this book measuring 9 1/2 X 6 1/4 and having 313 pages and SADLY no pictures at all.
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.
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Elliott Leyton (author) has written a superb detailed book focusing on 6 modern serial killers/modern mass murderers. Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy (the charming young Republican), Albert Desalvo (the social climber known as The Boston Strangler), David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), Mark Essex (the racist) & Charles Starkweather. Leyton also touches upon other 'famous' killers to try and argue his case that all these killers are not alien people with deranged minds, but *'alienated men with a disinterest in continuing the dull lives in which they feel trapped.'(*author's quote). The book tries to go inside these killers minds (and backgrounds) to try and understand why they, as individuals, committed these crimes. Were all their childhood backgrounds so tragic as to contribute towards their eventual decline? If so, why do individuals with equally tragic (or more so) backgrounds choose not to kill? The book also seperates truth from fantasy. What we see in films such as The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal etc may all be very compelling action and drama, and highly enjoyable to watch, but we must not make the mistake of believing that these films are based on reality. Leyton has done a thorough job of disecting these cases one by one, and the painstaking research that he has conducted is evident on every page. Buying this book will be well worth your time and money, for it may just be the one book that may well stimulate your thoughts enough to question everything you thought you knew about serial killers.
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Leyton has written a classic study on the rise and motives of serial killers and mass murderers. The new edition of this book originally published in the early 80's includes a discussion of the DC sniper attacks and case studies of various killers including Ted Bundy, the Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo, David Berkowitz aka the Son of Sam, and Mark Essex. Leyton lays out a very convincing argument about the motives behind the killings of multiple murderers. He casts asides psychopathology as the primary reason for their crimes and instead contends that an inability to cope with social position and class consciousness drives these killers.
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.
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