Modern serial killers

  title={Modern serial killers},
  author={Kevin D. Haggerty},
  journal={Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal},
  pages={168 - 187}
  • Kevin D. Haggerty
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Sociology
  • Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal
The study of serial killing has been dominated by an individualized focus on the aetiology and biography of particular offenders. As such, it has tended to downplay the broader social, historical and cultural context of such acts. This article addresses this lacuna by arguing that serial killers are distinctively modern. It highlights six modern phenomena related to serial killing: (a) the mass media and the attendant rise of a celebrity culture; (b) a society of strangers; (c) a type of mean… 

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