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Will To Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder 5ed

by James Fox, Jack Levin and Kenna Quinet SAGE Publications, Inc
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The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder is an academic, yet engrossing, exploration of extraordinary and seemingly inexplicable cases of homicide -- not to sensationalize them, but because these are the cases that inform public opinion and policy.

Authored by renowned experts James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, and Kenna Quinet, The Will to Kill, Fifth Edition places these crimes in context by reviewing homicide laws, introducing theories that seek to explain murder, and presenting up-to-date statistical data that identify homicide patterns and trends. The Fifth Edition covers topics ranging from domestic and workplace homicide to cult and hate killings; murder committed by juveniles to serial slayings. Finally, it examines criminal justice responses to homicide, including the strategies and tactics employed to apprehend, prosecute, and punish killers. Virtually every chapter in this edition has undergone significant revision. In particular, this edition reflects recent legislative changes and Supreme Court decisions, includes new case examples, and contains extensively expanded discussions of family and school homicide.

1. The Lure And The Law Of Homicide
Fascination With Murder
Selling Evil
Homicide Law
Defenses To Criminal Homicide
Homicide Law In Practice
2. The Killers And Their Victim
Race Differences
Gender Differences
Age Differences
Differences By Location
The Role Of Firearms
Changing Patterns In Homicide
Breaking The Mold
3. Explaining The Will To Kill
The Devil Made Me Do It
Back To The Classics
Using Science To Explain Violence
Psychological Explanations
The Social Sources Of Murder
Integrated Theories
A Word Of Caution About Cause
4. Intimate And Family Murder
Killing For Profit And Practicality
Obsession And Jealousy
Power, Control, And Abuse
Family Annihilation
Motherhood By Proxy
Prevention And Response
5. The Young And The Ruthless
An GÇ£Epidemicn++? Of Youth Homicide
Explaining The 1990s Decline
Principles Of Prevention
Dial M For Media
Juveniles In The Adult System
Looking Ahead
6. Well Schooled In Murder
The Risk Of School Homicide
Copycat Shootings
Adult School Shooters
Explaining School Massacres
Blaming Parents
Fear Factor
Threatening Words And Warning Signs
Responses To School Shootings
Healthy And Safe Schools
On To College
7. Serial Killers
The Many Forms Of Serial Killing
Deceiving Appearances
Prevalence And Trends
Characteristics Of Serial Killers
Victims Of Serial Murder
Killing Together
Beyond U.S. Borders
The Murdering Mind
Explanations For Serial Murder
8. Medical Murder And Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy
Counting Medical Murders
Healthcare Murders Globally
Motives And Types Of Medical Murderers
Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy
Administrative Facilitators And Failures
Prevention And Intervention
Looking Ahead
9. Rampage
Mass Murder
Getting Even Through Murder
Losses And Frustrations
Profile Of The Workplace Avenger
Preventing Murders By Disgrintled Employees And Customers
10. Hate Homicides
Characteristics Of Hate Homicide
Types Of Hate Homicide
Organized Hate Groups
The Role Of The Military
Current State Of Hate Crime Law
11. Murderous Terror
Hate Homicide And Domestic Terrorism
International Terrorism
Homegrown Terrorism
The Impact Of Murderous Terror
Reducing Murderous Terrorism
12. Cult Killings
Dangerous Cults
The Appeal Of Cults
Charismatic Leaders And Their Followers
Needs Fulfilled By Cults
Normal People In Abnormal Situations
Suicide Or Homicide?
13. Catching Killers
Science Of The Lambs
Clearance Rates
Investigating Challenging Homicide Cases
Sightings And Visions
Working A Homicide In The Media Spotlight
14. Getting Away With Murder, Or Not
Capital Punishment
Juvenile Injustice
Epilogue. Epidemic Thinking And Overresponse

“Very easy to read and comprehend.”

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has published 18 books, dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country, primarily in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. As a member of its Board of Contributors, his opinion column appears frequently in USA TODAY.  Fox often gives keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in criminal and civil court proceedings. He has briefed various leaders here and abroad, and has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He also served as a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on homicide patterns and trends. Finally, he has received several awards and honors for his work, including the Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment scholarship.



Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books, most recently The Violence of Hate and Hate Crime: A Global Perspective. Dr. Levin has also published more than 250 articles and columns in professional journals, books, magazines, and newspapers, such as The New York Times, London Sunday Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and USA Today.  Dr. Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its GÇ£Professor of the Yearn++? and by the American Sociological Association for his contributions to the public understanding of sociology. He has also received awards from the Eastern Sociological Society, New England Sociological Association, Association of Clinical and Applied Sociology, and Society for the Study of Social Problems. Moreover, he has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, OSCEGÇÖs Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Kenna Quinet is an associate professor of criminal justice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is also a certified medico-legal death investigator and Deputy Coroner at the Marion County CoronerGÇÖs Office. Her research interests include homicide, missing persons, causes of death, unidentified and unclaimed dead. Quinet teaches homicide courses as well as an animal rights course at IUPUI and she has won more than 15 teaching awards. Since 1992 she has worked closely with law enforcement, provided more than 80 media interviews, does cold case homicide consultations and serves as an Indiana representative for NamUs, the national missing and unidentified persons system.