Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer

Hunting Humans The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer In this new edition of his landmark study pioneering anthropologist Elliott Leyton examines the psyche and motivations of his six original multiple murderer subjects and now takes stock of how f
  • Title: Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer
  • Author: Elliott Leyton
  • ISBN: 9780786712281
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer
    In this new edition of his landmark 1986 study, pioneering anthropologist Elliott Leyton examines the psyche and motivations of his six original multiple murderer subjects and now takes stock of how far we ve come since then in our understanding of why people commit gruesome assaults on innocent strangers This case study approach based on years of immersion in the killersIn this new edition of his landmark 1986 study, pioneering anthropologist Elliott Leyton examines the psyche and motivations of his six original multiple murderer subjects and now takes stock of how far we ve come since then in our understanding of why people commit gruesome assaults on innocent strangers This case study approach based on years of immersion in the killers diaries, confessions, psychiatric interviews, statements to the press, videotapes, and photographs led the way in defining serial and mass murders not as the acts of alien creatures with deranged minds but rather as personalized protests by alienated men against the society that they believe has excluded them Leyton also provides an analysis of the Washington, D.C sniper case While uncovering the central themes of modern culture that motivated their deeds, Leyton provides vivid and chilling portraits of Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy, Albert DeSalvo, and David Berkowitz, serial murderers whose prolonged killing campaigns provided them revenge against the world and celebrity careers and other mass murderers whose brief but horrific murder sprees constituted their own enigmatic suicide notes The author shows that the motives of multiple murderers are not simply sexual or psychotic but rise from the very core of American mass culture.
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  • Elliott Leyton

    Elliott Leyton is a Canadian social anthropologist, educator and author who is amongst the most widely consulted experts on serial homicide worldwide He has also served as president of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.Leyton earned his B.A and M.A degrees from the University of British Columbia then went on to obtain his Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1972 During his ensuing career, he dedicated himself to the analysis and research of social ills such as juvenile delinquency and the psychology behind perpetrators of serial killings Leyton s achieved level of expertise has led to his giving lectures at the College of Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa.Professor Leyton has held faculty positions at Queen s University of Belfast in Ireland where he is a research Fellow , and at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he currently is Professor Emeritus of anthropology.

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  • An interesting idea but one I cannot agree with He chooses to look at people whose crimes fit his paradigm with that kind of research I tihnk I could prove that Elvis was really Hitler s love child It got to the point where, truth be told, I skimmed the last 1 4 of the book I just couldn t buy that serial killers and multiple murderers are simply a product of class oppression and alienation I can buy the alienation as a factor bit but not in the light he presents His theory is Marxist class revo [...]


  • Took me longer then normal to finish reading Hunting humans This is a perfect example as to why I prefer to read books about a specific case rather then a book about multple subjects Never really giving a clear picture into the killers The book is nothing then looking at a case file and placing it into the author s framework I thought this was suppose to be a study Instead it s basically a critic watching a movie and reviewing it all within a idealogical context I wanted .Some cases are reviewe [...]


  • Although this book is valuable for its analysis of some not all that famous multiple murderers Carl Panzram and Charles Starkweather for example , I found its argument to be complete well bull The author basically said serial and mass murderers were striking back against the economic and social hierarchies in American society by their choice of victims, that the killers were attacking the middle class which they had been unable to enter themselves.I m sure that can be considered a partial explan [...]


  • Wow I love the show Criminal Minds and thought a book about understanding serial killers and what makes them the way they are would be fascinating This book was nightmarish with chapter upon chapter of detail on the actual murders done by these serial killers and very little emphasis on describing the behavior I was not prepared for what was inside this book.


  • Hunting Humans Elliot Leyton, 1985 is another in a long list of interesting ethnographies that I ve had the pleasure to peruse during the course of my studies Like In Sorcerys Shadow or Money Has No Smell, it is not a work of fiction nor is it even based on a true story it s a textbook, written by a respected social scientist that just happens to be the worlds most consulted expert on serial killers and multiple murderers Even though it s very scientifically written like Money Has No Smell, beca [...]


  • An excellent collection of different insights into famous mad murderers However, the section on Mr Berkowitz is severely flawed, having Leyton proclaim his adherence to two biographies that are pretty much pure fiction.


  • Las teor as de Elliott Leyton me parecen muy parciales y demasiado poco argumentadas, por seguro que parezca estar de lo que dice Que los factores sociales sean importantes en la aparici n de asesinos en serie nadie se lo discute, pero parece que fueran determinantes un cierto desclasamiento y una ambici n de ascenso social frustrada para que uno se ponga a matar a todo el que se ponga por delante Justo lo que Leyton reprocha a algunos psiquiatras, hacer tanto nfasis en la teor a de la infancia, [...]


  • Criminology and anthropology has always interested me but I have never studied it I found this book a fairly heavy read but this could be because I do not have the education behind it.However it was very insightful and I was able to follow the authors logic behind his reasoning and explanation.The descriptions of some of the events was obviously a little disturbing but the detail was relevant and not just included for the shock factor.I found the layout difficult and had to go back sometimes to [...]


  • While I certainly learned a lot from the book, I found the organization of the content to be scattered and a bit overwhelming I liked the way he pulled in multiple perspectives, but it could have been organized better.


  • Having always been a fan of books and movies about serial killers and mass murderers, I really looked forward to delving into the minds of a few with Elliott Leyton s Hunting Humans.In the book, Leyton explores some of the most horrific crimes of the 20th century From Ted Bundy to Edmund Kemper to David Berkovitz He tries to find the answer as to how and why the killers minds work, what possesses them to do what they do He goes back to their childhoods to find clues Most lived normal lives Unfor [...]


  • A critique of contemporary criminology and psychiatry, Leyton considers these highly touted approaches to the serial killer indeed, a Western phenomenon whereby a psychiatrist s opinion often depends on which side of the courtroom s he is sitting on And criminology a science that fails to take into account the fact that acts must first be criminalized an arbitrary process at best before one can be a criminal Taken together, criminology and psychiatry continue in failing to consider the tangled w [...]


  • Wow What can I say I read this as a required course text in university for a course in Sociology Anthropology and I loved every page This is a thorough text, a great analysis and history of many infamous serial multiple murderers in North America in the 20th century I couldn t put his book down and kept it after I had finished the course a rarity Some people may find this dry , but if you have any interest in true crime, psychology, or anthropology or crime aggression, I can t recommend this tex [...]


  • The details provided in this book will make you shutter but the analysis will leave you contemplating the changing nature of serial killing While the author chooses to profile some of the best known serial killers in recent history, his analysis avoids falling exclusively into the perils of singular case studies He blends both the most recent research from psychology, medicine and sociology to highlight some common themes that emerge as a changing with the narrative of contemporary multiple murd [...]


  • Thanks to the problems with details of this edition were lost I do have a copy but it is in one of the boxes in my house somewhere I did find the cover on my hard disk Now I need to figure out how many pages I remember it was a small book.Anyone Otherwise I will just guess a number till I find my book I hate seeing 0 pages.


  • very interesting read, rather than a scattershot sensationalist approach Elliot Leyton concentrates on specific cases where there is a lot of background material, in an attempt to explain phenomena recently in the news the Batman shootings without resorting to jargon and psychiatric mumbo jumbo, and or less succeeds.


  • definitely a scholarly work, this book would put you to sleep if it was not filled with so much interesting material I read it hoping to understand criminals better than TV shows like law and order, and I got than I hoped for Leyton not only goes over several cases that are important to his point and then brings it all home.


  • One of my favorite serial killer books other than Jenkins near perfect Using Murder , even though I don t think Albert DeSalvo was the Boston Strangler, nor that David Berkowitz killed alone The book examines class in a way that most books about multiple murder don t.


  • This is a priceless resource on understanding serial killers I recommending it to everyone Instead of dinkweeding around with theories about killer s relationship with his mother, the author, an anthropologist, gets down to brass tacks and examines the real payoffs of being a homicidal maniac.


  • The case studies made this hard to read I had to intersperse my reading with other books Some parts where there are large excerpts from killers diaries I had to skim over However the research and hypothesis seem sound.


  • The best book explaining the phenomenon of multiple murderers I read this for one of my courses and learned a lot that was not part of my curriculum Excellently written




  • Mind blowing This book was in depth and talked about all sides of the serial killers mind Worth picking up, if you have a chance.


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