Creating Cultural Monsters: Serial Murder in America

1st Edition

Julie B. Wiest

CRC Press
Published June 6, 2011
Reference - 244 Pages - 12 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439851548 - CAT# K12360

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Serial murderers generate an abundance of public interest, media coverage, and law enforcement attention, yet after decades of studies, serial murder researchers have been unable to answer the most important question: Why? Providing a unique and comprehensive exploration, Creating Cultural Monsters: Serial Murder in America explains connections between American culture and the incidence of serial murder, including reasons why most identified serial murderers are white, male Americans. It describes the omnipresence of serial murder in American media and investigates what it would take to decrease its occurrence.

Presenting empirically supported arguments that have the potential to revolutionize how serial murder is understood, studied, and investigated, this volume:

  • Places the serial murder phenomenon in a cultural context, promoting qualitative understanding and the potential for reducing its frequency
  • Includes an illustrated model that explains how people utilize cultural values to construct lines of action according to their cultural competencies
  • Demonstrates how the American cultural milieu fosters serial murder and the creation of white male serial murderers
  • Provides a critique of the American mass media’s role in the development and notoriety of serial murder
  • Describes the framework on which the majority of definitions of serial murder are based

Drawn from years of dedicated research of Dr. Julie B. Wiest, this volume presents a new approach to the study of U.S. serial murder, offers important implications for law enforcement and mass media, and forms a basis for future research on serial murder, murder, and violence in the U.S. and in other nations.


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