Monsters, madmen… and myths: A critical review of the serial killing literature

  title={Monsters, madmen… and myths: A critical review of the serial killing literature},
  author={Sarah Hodgkinson and Herschel A. Prins and Joshua Stuart-Bennett},
  journal={Aggression and Violent Behavior},

Almost famous: Peter Woodcock, media framing, and obscurity in the cultural construction of a serial killer

  • Sean P. Hier
  • Sociology
    Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal
  • 2019
This article contributes to criminological research on cultural constructions of serial murderers by investigating the little-known Canadian case of Peter Woodcock. There is a tacit scholarly

Detecting a decline in serial homicide: Have we banished the devil from the details?

Abstract The current research provides perspective regarding the true prevalence of serial murderers in modern society and addresses the conflict between the evidenced decline in serial homicide and

Is Serial Sexual Homicide a Compulsion, Deviant Leisure, or Both? Revisiting the Case of Ted Bundy

Abstract Serial homicide for personal gratification is often commonly assumed to be driven by an underlying psychiatric compulsion, characterized by loss of control. This article briefly summarizes

Evaluating the use of data-based offender profiling by researchers, practitioners and investigative journalists to address unresolved serial homicides

The purpose of this article is to improve the use of evidence-based practice and research utilization in the offender profiling process. The use of offender profiling has been met with increasing

Serial Entertainment: A Content Analysis of 35 Years of Serial Murder in Film

  • C. Call
  • Psychology
    Homicide Studies
  • 2019
Serial murder is a rare phenomenon, yet an incredibly popular topic as evidenced by the availability of various types of entertainment media about serial murder. The present study provides a content

How much damage do serial homicide offenders wrought while the innocent rot in prison? A tabulation of preventable deaths as outcomes of sentinel events

ABSTRACT The criminal justice system has allowed serial homicide offenders (SHOs) to commit additional homicides by failing to identify them after their initial homicide. Recidivism has been possible

Using Behavior Sequence Analysis to Map Serial Killers’ Life Histories

The present research provides a novel approach to synthesizing large volumes of data on criminals and presenting results in accessible, understandable outcomes.

The potential for qualitative triangulation to mitigate investigative negligence

It is proposed that implementing triangulation methods within a criminal investigation could enhance corroborative findings while also safeguarding the suspects’ Constitutional rights.

Survival of the Recidivistic? Revealing Factors Associated with the Criminal Career Length of Multiple Homicide Offenders

Relying on a sample of 1,381 US-based multiple homicide offenders (MHOs), we study the duration of the careers of this extremely violent category of offenders through Kaplan–Meier estimation and Cox

[Algorithms of comparative analysis of forensic characteristics of sexual aggression].

The purpose of the work is to actualize the importance of forensic diagnostics of bodily injuries caused to victims of serial murders with signs of sexual motivation as a special category of crimes



Modern serial killers

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

Images of torture: Culture, politics and power

The digital recording of torture at Abu Ghraib has left pictures which are likely to be the defining images of the war in Iraq. This paper is an attempt to understand the images and why so many

Monsters Inc.: Serial killers and consumer culture

Serial killing has become big business. Over the past 15 years, popular culture has been flooded by true-life crime stories, biographies, best-selling fiction, video games and television

The Social Construction of a Serial Killer

Much psychological research examining the serial killer has adopted an essentialist theoretical focus concentrating on the `nature' of the individual who commits the murder. This study, in contrast,

Female Serial Killers in Social Context: Criminological Institutionalism and the Case of Mary Ann Cotton

To date, approaches to understanding serial murder have focused on individual cases rather than the social context in which they occurred. Written by leading criminologists and world experts on

African American Serial Killers: Over‐Represented Yet Underacknowledged

‘Can you name an African American (black) serial killer?’ In the US, the answer is often silence. For those who can remember, it might be Wayne Williams, the so-called ‘Atlanta child murderer’. More

Framing homicide narratives in newspapers: Mediated witness and the construction of virtual victimhood

This article identifies ways in which newspapers invite readers to identify with victims and victimhood as a route to engaging them in ‘human interest’ stories. Within this framing of homicide for

A circle of distortion: the social construction of mass murder in the United States

Over the past twenty years, claimsmakers have asserted that the mid-1960s marked the beginning of an unprecedented and ever-growing mass murder wave in the United States. Recent research has shown,

Extremes of Otherness: Media Images of Social Exclusion

This article explores mediated extremes of otherness, and the fluid relationships between different categories of deviant. It considers the role of popular media discourses as sites of ‘inclusion and

Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture

Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Over the past thirty years, serial killers have become iconic figures in America, the subject of made-for-TV movies and mass-market paperbacks alike. But