Killer Among Us

Killer Among Us

Public Reactions to Serial Murder

Book - 1997
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Explores the endlessly popular topic of serial murder from a new perspective: How citizens and the local news media react when a serial killer is at large in their community.
What effects does the presence of a serial killer have on the collective health of a community? What strategies do people adopt to manage the fear and anxiety that accompany news of a serial killer's predations? And why do citizens and the media respond as they do to serial killers, who usually account for only a small portion of the homicides in the communities in which they are active? Killer Among Us examines serial murder from this fresh perspective: an exploration of the ways people react when a killer is at large in their community. Drawing on 19th-century tabloid accounts of the predations of Jack the Ripper and on 20th-century media coverage of such villains as The Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer, the author constructs vivid and provocative retellings of many of the most infamous cases of serial murder.

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Explores some of the most infamous cases of serial murder from a new perspective: how the public reacts to the news that a killer is at large in their community. Draws upon 19th-century tabloid accounts of Jack the Ripper, and 20th- century media coverage of cases such as The Son of Sam, Wayne Williams, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

& Taylor

Explores the effect of serial murder on a community while examining the media coverage of Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Coed Killer, and the Boston Strangler

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1997
ISBN: 9780275955588
Characteristics: xvi, 236 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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