January 3, 2015

Review: Serial Killers True Crime Anthology Volume 1 by Peter Vronsky et al

Title: Serial Killers: True Crime Anthology
Author: Peter Vronsky & more
Series: Annual Anthology #1
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Source: Self Purchase
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

Serial killers; they cross the bounds of evil. They murder at random without logic or reason other than the one twisting in their sick and evil minds. They are diabolical vile creatures devoid of morality or pity. You will meet a chosen few of them in these pages. We will see that serial killers are roaming among us all, from small towns to big cities. They are not limited to a particular place, gene pool, culture, social class or religion. They are not restricted to any particular demographic, political propensity and they can be of any gender.

Some of the serial killers chosen for this first annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology you might have heard of and we present their tales in new ways. Others have not graced every newspaper, tabloid or television screen and represent tales of true crime horror told in detail for the first time in these pages. Five of true crime's most prolific authors have come together in these pages to present their most compelling cases of serial homicide, famous and not so famous.

WARNING: This book contains forensic crime scene evidence photographs and statements that some may find disturbing. NOTE: Each book is digitally autographed by the authors. This is probably one of the first paperbacks to have that included.

My Thoughts

As a relative newbie to reading about true crime and serial killers specifically, I've had many head-scratching moments, and yes even "wtf" moments wondering how it is even possible for these animals people to do what they do to others. This anthology was recommended reading and as it turns out, very timely. It provided believable and persuasive ideas, or at least an expert's opinion on the very things I've been wondering about.

The lengthy prologue is among the most fascinating writing I have ever read. For instance, I was very impressed with how the authors of this anthology explain the three parts of the brain (reptilian, limbic, and neocortex) and how things misfire between them in a serial killer's brain to cause them to do what they do. This concept was explained so well that a person with no background in this field (like myself) could not only understand it, but really appreciate the fact that it makes complete sense.

I'm very glad to have read this now so I can continue with the genre a little more informed and educated about what drives and motivates different types of serial killers. Looking forward to the second annual anthology being released soon.

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1 comment:

  1. This is a most have if you are just starting to learn about serial killers. It is amazing how everyone is different but have some points that are similar.