Signature Killers

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The answers are hidden among the grisly evidence, the common threads that link each devastating act. Sparked by a growing concern over the steady rise of signature murders, Robert Keppel explores in unflinching detail the monstrous patterns, sadistic compulsions and depraved motives of this breed of killer. From The Lonely Hearts Killer who haunted the most desperate of women in 1950s America, to the savage Midtown Torso Murders that stunned the NYPD, to such infamous symbols of evil as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Gacy, these are the cases-horrifying, graphic and unforgettable-that Keppel ingeniously taps to shed light on the darkest corners of the pathological mind.

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Signature Killers is a peculiar yet valuable book--simultaneously repetitious and brilliant, turgid yet passionate, and indispensable for understanding serial killers. Those who persevere through the prolixity of the writing style will be rewarded by compelling insights into the psychological needs, and evolution over time, of a specific type of murderer: one whose key characteristic is not so much that he kills multiple people, but that he leaves a signature behind at every crime scene. Robert Keppel knows what he's talking about: he's been involved in more than 2,000 murder investigations, including 50 high-profile serial cases. The topics he covers in exhaustive and harrowing detail ( Signature Killers is not for the faint of heart) include "the essence of torture", "the anger-retaliation signature", "the picquerism signature", "the psychological imprint of a sadist", "the retaliation-to-excitation continuum" and why Jeffrey Dahmer is "the black hole at the end of the continuum".

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" The Silence of the Lambs owes tons to the investigation of the mind and moudus operandi of the serial killer conducted by Robert Keppel...highly readable, the book is one of the classic studies of criminology" ( Time Out)

"Superb...not only is Keppel a superlative detective, he is an excellent writer" ( Daily Mail)

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