A controversial analysis of the psyche of murderers draws on the author's investigations into their underlying motives and circumstances, theorizing that the human psyche has evolved special adaptations that enable murder to become a logical option, and identifying at which point people are most vulnerable to being killed or becoming killers. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
A controversial analysis of the psyche of murderers draws on the author's investigations into their underlying motives and circumstances, theorizing that the human psyche has evolved special adaptations that enable murder to become a ...
Author: David M. Buss
Biographer and journalist Rona Parish discovers a dark secret too close to home in this page-turning mystery. Journalist Rona Parish continues her popular series on local family businesses with a piece on the Willow furniture emporium. For once, there don't seem to be any skeletons in the Willow family cupboards. But when Louisa, the daughter of Rona's reserved elderly neighbours, comes to Rona with a plea for help, it seems there may be a dark secret closer to home, and all Rona's journalistic instincts are aroused . . .
I just happened to be living next door to a murderer; lots of people find themselves in that position. You see them on the news, saying, “But he was always such a quiet boy,” and so on, as though he should have had “murderer” stamped on ...
Author: Anthea Fraser
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
Analyzes murderers' psyches to assess their underlying motives and circumstances, theorizes that the human psyche has evolved adaptations that enable murder to become a logical option, and identifies the point where people are most at risk of being killed or becoming killers.
Indeed , homicidal ideation almost invariably precedes carried - out kills.22 Although the graphic details of a killer's thinking prior to a murder are rarely available , a case from our study of Michigan murders illustrates the ...
Author: David M. Buss
Publisher: Penguin Press HC
Category: Social Science
Documents police efforts to track down eighteen brutal killers, including Eunice Yvonne Kleinfelder, a self-described devil worshiper who boiled her lover to death, and Tommy Pitera, a Mafia hitman who dismembered his many victims. Reprint.
Killings in Chicago are far from unique , but when a well - known person is found dead under circumstances such as this , in the cultural center of the community , tracking down the murderer assumes top priority .
Author: Edward Baumann
Publisher: Diamond Books
A brutal murder. An abundance of DNA evidence. A three-and-a-half year search for a killer who was always so close-yet untouchable. After the rape and murder of Raleigh, North Carolina, resident Stephanie Bennett, police had ample DNA evidence. They also had a suspect: the man next door. But for more than three years, he eluded them by refusing to hand over a DNA sample, wiping down anything he touched and even planting decoy samples. This is the gripping story of how a team of detectives finally tripped him up-and brought closure to an innocent young woman's family.
the shrubbery, but said he had no connection to the murder. The boy lived next door to Stephanie and his bedroom shared a wall with hers. Despite the boy's denials about being involved, now armed with this new information, ...
Author: Amanda Lamb
Category: True Crime
During World War I, Jane Strong will be recruited as a spy.... « The apartment next door » is a book where intrigue and romance all come together in one brilliant read.
man next door, whatever else he might be, had really committed that brutal murder. "No, there's no actual witness, but it could be proved by circumstantial evidence. K19, the man whose work you took up, had instructions to shadow young ...
Author: William Andrew Johnston
Publisher: FV Éditions
Anna Katharine Green was the most famous and prolific writer of detective fiction in the United States prior to Dashiell Hammett. Her first novel, The Leavenworth Case, was the bestseller of 1878. Green is credited with a number of “firsts” within the mystery genre, including the gentleman murdered as he makes out his will and the icicle as murder weapon. She created the first female detectives in American fiction. Her amateur spinster sleuth, Amelia Butterworth, became the prototype for numerous women detectives to follow, including Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Nosy, opinionated, and tenacious, Amelia Butterworth engages in a sustained rivalry with Ebenezer Gryce, a police detective. In the interaction between these characters, Green developed two more conventions adopted by future generations of mystery writers: the investigation as battle between the sexes and between the professional and the unexpectedly sharp, observant amateur. This volume presents two of Green’s Amelia Butterworth tales: That Affair Next Door (1897) and Lost Man’s Lane (1898).
Butterworth is called in on a disturbing case by Detective Gryce, who has developed a sort of bemused admiration for her skills after her work on the murder case in That Affair Next Door. To investigate a string of disappearances in a ...
Author: Anna Katharine Green
Publisher: Duke University Press
A queer historical murder mystery that explores notions of justice and morality, driven by compelling flawed characters. In the summer of 1912 in Northern England, sapphic couple Louisa Knight and Ada Chapman are drawn into the investigation of their neighbour's murder. The police quickly declare his wife the obvious suspect. Ada, however, questions whether she could be innocent.The same as Ada's former lover - now in gaol for manslaughter - claims to be. Louisa is less certain, and less keen to investigate, but finds herself pulled along by the mystery of it all. These reactions reflect their differing personalities. Ada is artistic, impulsive and fiery, whilst Louisa is pragmatic, clever and dry witted. She is also asexual - a word not available to her - and Ada is not. Due to these differences, their relationship is a careful balancing act and both harbour fears that this investigation could push them over the edge. It doesn't help that what they learn about Mr Pearce paints him as a selfish man who cared little for the hurt he caused others. His wife is not the only woman with good reason to want him dead, and the couple are forced to ask themselves questions about the morality of the situation and the legal system that will ensnare the guilty party. This book would appeal to both fans of historical mysteries and LGBTQA+ fiction.
A thought-provoking murder mystery that also explores the life of queer women in Edwardian England.
Author: Sarah Bell
I am not an inquisitive woman, but when, in the middle of a certain warm night in September, I heard a carriage draw up at the adjoining house and stop, I could not resist the temptation of leaving my bed and taking a peep through the curtains of my window. First: because the house was empty, or supposed to be so, the family still being, as I had every reason to believe, in Europe; and secondly: because, not being inquisitive, I often miss in my lonely and single life much that it would be both interesting and profitable for me to know. Luckily I made no such mistake this evening. I rose and looked out, and though I was far from realizing it at the time, took, by so doing, my first step in a course of inquiry which has ended—— But it is too soon to speak of the end. Rather let me tell you what I saw when I parted the curtains of my window in Gramercy Park, on the night of September 17, 1895. Not much at first glance, only a common hack drawn up at the neighboring curb-stone. The lamp which is supposed to light our part of the block is some rods away on the opposite side of the street, so that I obtained but a shadowy glimpse of a young man and woman standing below me on the pavement. I could see, however, that the woman—and not the man—was putting money into the driver's hand. The next moment they were on the stoop of this long-closed house, and the coach rolled off. It was dark, as I have said, and I did not recognize the young people,—at least their figures were not familiar to me; but when, in another instant, I heard the click of a night-key, and saw them, after a rather tedious fumbling at the lock, disappear from the stoop, I took it for granted that the gentleman was Mr. Van Burnam's eldest son Franklin, and the lady some relative of the family; though why this, its most punctilious member, should bring a guest at so late an hour into a house devoid of everything necessary to make the least exacting visitor comfortable, was a mystery that I retired to bed to meditate upon....
The morrow was awaited with anxiety. So much for the public press! At twelve o'clock at night, I was again seated in my window. The house next door had been lighted since ten, and I was in momentary expectation of its nocturnal visitor.
Author: Anna Katharine Green