Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime

Eric W. Hickey,

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime

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"As a good encyclopedia does, the Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime brings together articles that offer diverse insights into the topic, while at the same time giving the reader a feel for its overall scope."

"This carefully researched and excellently presented compendium will be a welcome addition to all libraries."

Murder and violent crime take many forms. Who are the perpetrators? What do they have in common and how are they different?

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime presents the latest research, insightful commentary, and "true crime" case studies to help in the understanding and deterrence of one of society′s gravest problems.

Although there is no easy or single answer to the question of why people kill or commit violent crimes, this important new reference work provides a wealth of information to create a background for cogent analysis.

Written for a Wide Audience

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime is intended for a wide audience including school, public, and university libraries. It will also prove invaluable to those who report violent crime′s unfolding stories, such as mass media news outlets, television and radio stations, editorial offices of magazines, and newspapers.

Criminal justice professionals will also find it valuable and fascinating balance of academic research and "true crime" material they can relate to in their own experience.

Edited by the World′s Leading Authority on Multiple Homicide Offenders

Eric W. Hickey, Ph.D., enjoys a worldwide reputation for his work with serial killers, sex crimes, workplace violence, stalking, and the Unabomber case.

A professor of criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno and adjunct professor for Fresno City College and the California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Hickey has published and lectured extensively on the etiology of violence and serial crime. His book Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 2 nd Edition is used as a primary text in colleges and universities and by law enforcement in the study of the nature of violence, criminal personalities and victim-offender relationships.

Hickey′s research is widely quoted and often is the subject of interviews in the media including National Public Radio, BBC, The Discovery and Learning Channels, Larry King Live, 20/20, and Court TV.

He recently developed a cyber-stalking training course for the National District Attorney′s Association and the American Prosecutor′s Research Institute. His latest research, a study of 220 victims of stalking, examines the psychology and classification of stalkers, victim-offender relationships, intervention and deterrence strategies for potential offenders, and modes of victim assistance.

Contributions From Over 100 Experts in the Field

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime contains 200 entries covering long-documented classifications such as Serial Killers and Organized Crime to cutting edge topics of Cyber-Stalking, Kids Who Kill, and Terrorism.

Leading educators, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and criminal justice professionals share their experience and insights on everything from Aggression and Antisocial Personality Disorder to the infamous Zodiac Murders.

A Unique Compilation

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime explores the topic in great detail, looking at a multitude of issues from all angles--academic and professional research, theoretical background, and actual case studies. This combined approach provides a well-rounded overview with both theory and its historical evidence.

Key Features:

  • Edited by one of the highest profile experts in the field or murder and violent crime
  • Over 600 pages and 50 photographs
  • Handy, easy-to-use Reader′s Guide
  • Comprehensive bibliographies for every article
  • Appendix of key criminological theorists
  • More than 100 contributors in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and anthropology
  • More than 200 comprehensive entries, from the types of murder and violent crime and infamous perpetrators to motivation, profiling, deterrence, investigation, and punishment
  • Concise case studies of serial murderers, infamous crimes, and their investigations
  • Essays on criminal terms and pathologies
  • Brief definitions of relevant legal and criminological terms boxed and included with major entries

Examines a Broad Range of Issues:

  • Air Rage
  • Assassins and Professional Killers
  • Batterers
  • Child Killers
  • Columbine School Shooting
  • Community Attitudes Toward Violent Offenders
  • Corporate Violence
  • The Criminally Insane
  • The Death Penalty including the experience of Death Row
  • DNA Profiling
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide & the Holocaust
  • Euthanasia and Medical Murders
  • Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation
  • Gun Control
  • Hate Crimes
  • How Courts Handle Murder and Violent Crime
  • Manson Family
  • Mass Murderers
  • Motives for Murder
  • Murder Suicide
  • Pedophilia
  • Poisoners
  • Sex Crimes
  • Stalking
  • Street and Prison Gangs
  • Terrorists
  • Workplace Violence

Plus a Detailed Look at:

Serial and Team Killers:

  • Beltway Snipers
  • Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo
  • Ted Bundy
  • Comfort Zone Killers
  • Dana Gray
  • Green River Killings
  • Hog Trail Killings
  • Jack Gilbert Graham
  • Jack The Ripper
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Johann Otto Hoch ( Bluebeard)
  • Karla Holmulka & Paul Bernardo
  • Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy
  • Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez
  • Russian Ripper, Andrei Chikatilo
  • Son of Sam, David Berkowitz

U.S. and International Organized Crime:

  • Al Capone
  • Charles Arthur (Pretty Boy) Floyd
  • Frank Costello
  • Gambino Crime Family
  • Genovese Crime Family
  • Giovanni Falcone
  • Jimmy Hoffa


  • Osama Bin Laden
  • Timothy McVeigh

Special Reference Section on Definitions in Homicide:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Criminal Homicide
  • Criminal Intent
  • Culpabilities
  • Defenses
  • Felony Murder Rule
  • Motivations for
  • Perceptions of
  • Rates
  • Thanatology
  • Types of

Recommended Libraries:

Academic, school, public, and university, coporate, special/private libraries, and reference libraries for criminal justice agencies and the news media.

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