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Criminologist Robin Odell has complied this gruesome gallery of cases from all over the world, revealing the growth in serial slayings, contract killings and middle-class murders and investigating what motivates people to commit the ultimate crime. As well as gangsters and ordinary felons, "Murder: The Book" includes doctors, millionaires, housewives, children, lawyers, accountants, officers and gentlemen who have succumbed to the killing instinct. Behind the sensational names concocted by the tabloid press - 'Boston Strangler', 'Dracula Killer', 'Night Stalker', 'Granny Killer' - lurk real murderers committing acts of violence in circumstances often more bizarre than fiction. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, the book contains over 500 cases from serial killers such as Dennis Nilsen and Ted Bundy, to those such as Jeremy Bamber and Stevn Benson who dispatched their parents for money; from murderous New Zealand teenagers whose story made a successful film, to the many doctors and nurses who took life instead of saving it; from unsolved murders such as the murder of Little Gregory in France to the paid assignments of John Waynes Hearn, a Vietnam veteran who killed to order. The result is a new classic of true crime, a definitive work on murder as a worldwide phenomenon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750944045
ISBN-10: 0750944048
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Robin Odell

Robin Odell has been writing about crime and criminology since 1965, and has written fourteen books, as well as contributing numerous chapters to other books and part works. He is having a new book published next year by Kent State University Press.

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