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  • Title: The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation
  • Author: Katherine Ramsland
  • ISBN: 9780425213780
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • From ancient Rome through the Dark Ages to the burgeoning West to the open highways of urban America, from the unconscionable exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such all American monsters as Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wournos.Katherine Ramsland makes an eye opening case for the existence of serial killers throughout time, offering a complete chronologicalFrom ancient Rome through the Dark Ages to the burgeoning West to the open highways of urban America, from the unconscionable exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such all American monsters as Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wournos.Katherine Ramsland makes an eye opening case for the existence of serial killers throughout time, offering a complete chronological record of the serial killer phenomenon as well as the parallel development of psychology, forensic science, and FBI profiling in the serial killer s evolving manifestation throughout human history.
    The Human Predator A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation From ancient Rome through the Dark Ages to the burgeoning West to the open highways of urban America from the unconscionable exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such all American mo

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    1. It was certainly a thorough set of case histories for killers throughout history I was a little disappointed that she didn t go in depth on her theory that serial killers act on the subtle tensions which exist but aren t acknowledged in society I was also somewhat disappointed that there was no attempt at analysis of the motivations of various types of killers Someone like Jeffery Dahmer is acting for a different reason than a baby farmer in Victorian England.I thought she made a good call to e [...]

    2. Mildly entertaining Unfortunately, the facts and circumstances of the crimes discussed in the book begin blurring together after awhile While the author does make an effort to sprinkle in historical facts to provide context, unfortunately, parts of the book still read like a grocery list of serial killers and their crimes Another little nuisance occurs when the author belabors the point that there are in fact female serial killers however, all they seem to be capable of are poisoning people bori [...]

    3. I am an avid fan of forensics shows of all kinds, so this book was right up my ally This is the first book I ve read by this author, and I have to say, I m going to read of Dr Ramsland s published works.This book is merely an introduction, a primer, a brief overview and not meant to be in depth This was also stated in the introduction I would have loved details but to go in depth would have made this book into a series rather than a single book For the most part, I found the narrative to be ar [...]

    4. A serial killer s actions derive from a complex interplay among three basic factors specific cultural conditions, individual processing of those conditions, and opportunity.2.5This is another one where I take the thesis statement and review the book from that I find that with non fiction books that have a definitive thesis, it s the easiest way to review the book See if they proved it, like you have to in any essay about something.Sadly, I didn t feel like Ramsland actually proved it She did a g [...]

    5. It was very difficult to get over the horrible grammar in this book The book also seemed a bit disorganized at parts where the author would jump back to a time covered in previous chapters I know the author said that she had to cut down the material in the book so that it would not be a huge book, but I felt myself wanting to know than just a brief statement about each of the killers covered in the book The author could have split the book into a series of books that covered different time peri [...]

    6. I love forensic psychology and I found this book fascinating from begining to end While this book was great, nothing beats hearing Katherine discus all her adventures in person I ve had her as a college professor and have felt compelled to read most anything she writes

    7. Seems like anybody who ever famously killed anybody was included in here Sweet, quick and to the point Mostly interesting and just fine BUT It was all good until the end when the author spells Beats instead of Beatles, or says 300,000 people were killed in Colombia during something called La Violencia That was supposed to be 200,000 over the span of 10 years but still, why include that when it just dwarfs the rest of the perps she s describing She even includes Hitler Just a little broad.Lost i [...]

    8. The book is detailed and covers serial killers and the growth of forensics in a way that s easily understandable While wordy at times, the book offers insight into the world of criminology and is thus highly appreciated by me.

    9. I wish I could have given this book a better rating I think her intent was there, but she tried to cover too much In terms of the world serial killers themselves, through history, she mentions them in a line or two The Ted Bundys and Charles Mansons maybe get a paragraph That s too little information to set the time and place and culture of these people She never does settle on a why and I don t think there is one answer sexual motivation, power killing, an unhappy childhood One thing she does f [...]

    10. This book packs a guttural punch.Each page is chock full of explicit synopses recounting the gory history of serial murder This is a great book if you want a gleaming look at the time line of serial killers and their crimes It is not the best book, however, about the growth and progress of forensic sciencewhich is what the book sets out to do but never quite honestly commits itself to exploring.Obviously, forensics upped its game over time I think the author sort of posits that serial killers di [...]

    11. I started this book then set it aside to finish a couple that were due sooner at the library I was so glad I really liked this book in spite of some low reviews on here about it Some did not like that she wrote in small snatches on different cases and did not spend to going into greater detail on cases as far as the forensic aspect goes, but I rather enjoyed the author s coverage from the first known serial killers 1,000 years back up until the present and how forensics developed along in the [...]

    12. Many reviewers have already expressed what I thought of this book, so I m glad it s not just me It started good, but it essentially went nowhere I read about 2 3 of it in one go, but then I put it down and it wasn t that easy to pick back up and get into again because it becomes repetitive The author clearly knows her subject well I wish she had done with it than basically list serial killers and their crimes for 286 pages If there is a discussion or thesis going on anywhere in the book, it get [...]

    13. This book is nothing than a cliff s Notes version of a thorough investigative book Katherine Ramsland has tried to cram too much into one book and for her efforts the reader only gets a peek instead of a real taste of what they bought the book for She has a tendency to go on for paragraphs about the most mundane of killers throughout history, yet when she gets to key characters such as H.H Holmes, Jeffery Dahmer, even Ted Bundy, she breezes through their crimes as if they are the mundane kille [...]

    14. this book is sick, not in a bad way it talks about a couple of killers that have mental issues This book is abotu a number of stories about serial killers that grew up in an unstable household one story i took interest in was the one about Jack the ripper jack the ripper was born in a time of war, he saw all the men in his family being killed and all the women rapped his family was poor so Jack had to sleep wit both of his older sisters Jack watched his sisters maturering, having their piriods, [...]

    15. If you interested in the psychology behind serial killers and the savagery that humanity is capable of throughout history, then this book is an ideal read Also, Human Predator gives good insight on the criminal investigation and the forensics that have been involved and how it has progressed over the centuries Although, very informative, this is not a book that lacks all the gory details so if you re someone who is squimish in regards to violence then you might want to skip this one.

    16. I have been fascinated by the dark side of humanity for years, and sociology and psychology have been major interests for most of my life This book revealed many killers I was previously unaware of Let s just say it was fascinating and utterly disturbing at the same time There are some real sickos out there.

    17. Though the book runs dry and repetitive in parts, I don t blame the author It s my fault that I get tired of the endless list of serial killers and their death tolls I will say I ve never read anything scarier than deeds of Locusta, the first serial killer and a woman or Gilles de Rais, suffocater of hundreds of children.

    18. What a great book I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of serial killers but wants to avoid those books that are overly sensational and dramatic for the sake of sales It is very matter of fact and is kind of a timeline for serial killings and the settings of the times I look forward to reading another of Ramsland s books and even re reading this one Read it

    19. This book was okay but, I was disappointed that there was not much detail about the cases It seemed that the facts were presented in an almost textbook progression and began to run together after awhile Still a pretty good read.

    20. This book read like a textbook Informative but rather dry I didn t retain most of what the author wrote The author was repetitive In fact, I researched one of the people discussed in the book and found a story on the internet verbatim I guess I had different expectations.

    21. Very interesting historical look at serial killers but still felt a little simple in parts Also, it seemed like the book focused on the well known killers with only fleeting mentions of others.

    22. This book was fantastic I have to say this is one of the best true crime books I ve ever read Katherine Ramsland has given a detailed account of serial murder even naming off some criminals I ve never heard of before reading this book This is a definite must read.

    23. It took a long time for me to read this book because of how it s written She brings up so many cases and serial killers that trying to read it all at once was impossible for me It was really interesting though

    24. This is a chilling biography about the history of serial killers that will challenge what you may think you know about humanity and offers an insight heretofore untold about the minds of murderers.

    25. This was a thorough history, but nothing super in depth to the point I had a hard time paying attention I really liked when forensic science is introduced and the development of it.

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