Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer

Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer

by Michael D. Kelleher Ph.D.


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The crime of mass murder is surrounded by myth, false assumptions, and misinformation. It is frequently sensationalized in the press, while the complex motivations of the perpetrator are ignored or soon forgotten. The mass murderer is rarely a crazed killer who lashes out against his victims in a mindless frenzy of violence. This book examines not only the crime of mass murder, but also the complex motivations of the mass murderer, presenting a completely new method of categorizing and analyzing the crime and its perpetrator. The evolving nature of the crime is examined in the context of actual case histories of mass murder in America. Kelleher's insights will be of interest to criminologists and anyone interested in the sociology of crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275959258
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/16/1997
Series: Contributions in Political Science
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)

About the Author

MICHAEL D. KELLEHER specializes in strategic management, human resource management, staff education, threat assessment, and management crisis resolution for organizations in the private and public sectors. He has written Profiling the Lethal Employee (1997) and New Arenas for Violence (1996), both published by Praeger.

Table of Contents



The Crime and the Criminal

Perverted Love

Politics and Hate


Sexual Homicide

Mass Executions

Sane or Insane

The Unexplained

Inside the Mind of a Mass Murderer

Tomorrow's Mass Murderer

A Survey of American Mass Murderers


Selected Bibliography


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