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Partly because the book seems to pin some of the reason for the rise of the multiple murderer on society itself

Partly because the book seems to pin some of the reason for the rise of the multiple murderer on society itself. There are two versions of this book, the original and the updated 20th anniversary with new killers such as the DC Snipers.

Hunting Humans is Elliott Leyton’s classic study of six of the world’s most notorious serial killers. It established him as a leading authority on one of crime’s most disturbing phenomena and as an expert consultant for the FBI, New Scotland Yard, and Interpol. Now well into the twenty-first century, the broad social factors Leyton identifies as the breeding conditions for serial killings have only intensified.

Hunting Humans: The Rise. has been added to your Cart. Clearly written, thoroughly readable and deliberately free of sociological jargon, is an important contribution to its field and to the public at large. Leyton has become probably the world’s most widely consulted expert on serial killing - his books are required reading for homicide detectives. Fascinating and thought-provoking.

Leyton also provides an analysis of the Washington, . 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

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Book Format: Choose an option. Leyton also provides an analysis of the Washington, . 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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I had read Elliot Leyton's HUNTING HUMANS many years ago when it was out in paperback. I wanted to revisit it and was thrilled to find this hardback at a very low price in excellent condition. Leyton's studies as a sociologist and anthropologist make this a chilling and fascinating read. Notable takes on Edmund Emil Kemper III and others are covered in excellent detail. More than most, Leyton really makes a case for the serial murderer as a twisted and pathetic by-product of society that I wish would gain more traction in fiction, as opposed to the "brilliant sociopath" that has become the rule since Hannibal Lector.
When I first read the back cover, I must confess, I wasn't impressed--consequently, I started this book, with the strong notion that the author's concept--that culture played a key role in creating the serial killer--to be a deeply flawed one, based on my extensive reading of other books on this subject. Suffice it to say, by the time I finished the Introduction I realized that the author wrote with a startling clarity, avoiding all pretentious jargon. After reading Chapter 4 on Bundy, I realized I could not have been more wrong. The chapters on Kemper, Bundy, Berkowitz, DeSalvo all were filled with deep insights and made me revise my opinion. The author continued to deliver powerful insights right to the very end-- a must read for any one interested in this subject, really, I'd venture to say, a work of genius!
This is a very different and engrossing take on the motivation behind serial killers. It goes beyond sexual deviancy and commonly held beliefs. This one says the killers are making statements about their places in society. The theory really holds water but I wouldn't let go of the Rotten Childhood theory either. Something was rotten in Denmark for any of these people. I'm convinced that something is mentally amiss with anyone who does these deeds. Recommended!
an interesting and highly readable work on mass murder as a social and economic phenomenon.
The book was very informative. Especially the chapter on Mr. Essex in NOLA who killed several people at the Howard Johnsons Hotel.
As a graduate anthropology student I have found his book was quite interesting for the refreshing anthropological perspective on this phenomenon. While it did not give the answers I though it would bring, it was still a very interesting perspective that deserves to be explored more deeply.
I could barely get through the first two chapters of this book as I found the author's views intruding too much. As to what to do about such humans I am never a supporter of the death penalty as it is uncivilized so life without parole is just fine.
Leyton has written a classic study on the rise and motives of serial killers and mass murderers. The new edition of this book originally published in the early 80's includes a discussion of the DC sniper attacks and case studies of various killers including Ted Bundy, the Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo, David Berkowitz aka the Son of Sam, and Mark Essex. Leyton lays out a very convincing argument about the motives behind the killings of multiple murderers. He casts asides psychopathology as the primary reason for their crimes and instead contends that an inability to cope with social position and class consciousness drives these killers.
Leyton views multiple murderers from a sociological rather than a psychiatric standpoint. The evidence underlying his arguments is solid. His main conclusion is that multiple murderers seek to destroy members of a social class secure in its position in the social hierarchy that have excluded him (sometimes her) from their ranks. Bundy, DeSalvo, and the rest belonged to the lower or lower middle classes and despite being superficially accepted by the social hierarchy above them, they were acutely aware of their humble origins and hypersensitive to rejection. In fact, all of the murderers that Leyton discusses in detail spoke greatly at length about wanting to punish the people they felt had rejected them. Though it is hard to imagine that multiple murderers are not psychotic, it appears that not only are they sane for the most part, they have a conscious or subconscious agenda to destroy the people they feel will never accept them.
The case that best exemplifies Leyton's thesis, in my opinion, is the case of Mark Essex. Essex was killed on the roof of a hotel in early January of 1975 after a killing spree that left over 10 people dead. Essex was not a raving madman, but a black man who suffered the devastating consequences of racism during his years in the Navy. He was insulated from the consequences of his skin color as a youth but soon realized that he was not considered an equal even by his country's own military. His experiences left him deeply disillusioned, and several years after his discharge, he took revenge on the people that held him down. In his mind, this included all white people. No one who knew Essex portrayed him as a psychotic. Rather, he was described as an intelligent and diligent worker who felt rejected by the social class above him and that he was not willing to accept his permanent social position beneath white people just because of his skin color.
Each of Leyton's case studies are meticulously researched, and his sociological arguments are solid. The last chapter of his book "A Historical Overview" ties all of his ideas together neatly. He mentions several cases of multiple murderers dating back several hundred years, and all of them represent struggles between a member of a class whose members are facing uncertainty or alienation against a class that is secure in its social standing. This chapter really represents what is best about this book. Leyton's convincing arguments don't just explain what drives people to kill so many of their fellow human beings in modern times but they also provide a framework to discuss multiple murderers from the past.
For the people that are comforted by the idea that multiple murderers are psychotic maniacs who have an unrestrained lust for killing people, this book will change your mind.