Although serial offenders have been a recognized problem in society for centuries, only recently have the complexities of these individuals come to light. Serial Offenders: Current Thought, Recent Findings presents current and inclusive information on serial offending in a clear and straightforward manner.
Citing numerous case examples, this book will provide forensic psychologists and psychologists, as well as criminologists, social workers and corrections officials with relevant and informative data.
Author Louis B. Schlesinger presents current thinking on serial offenders in the first of three parts contained in the text. In Part I, he covers serial homicide, child molestation, rape, arson, and the nonviolent serial offender, while offering new information and perspectives on these traditional problems.
Part II reverses thought, and takes a look at recent clinical and research findings. From profiling by law-enforcement and health-care workers to the neurobiological approach to understanding why people continually commit these crimes, Part II delves beyond right and wrong to illuminate and identify the many shades of gray.
Part III focuses on the unusual aspects of serial offending and on special populations of offenders. From infantophilia to serial offending by females, adolescents and members of the clergy, Schlesinger provides insight into a world that few have witnessed in such a comprehensive manner.
Table of Contents
CURRENT THOUGHT ON SERIAL OFFENDERS. Serial Homicide: Sadism, Fantasy and a Compulsion to Kill, Louis B. Schlesinger. Child Sexual Abusers: A Review and Update, Sharon K. Araji. Serial Rape: An Evolutionary Perspective, Craig T. Palmer. Serial Arson: Repetitive Firesetting and Pyromania, Mary Mavromatis. The Nonviolent Serial Offender: Exhibitionism, Frotteurism, and Telephone Scatologia, Richard B. Krueger and Meg S. Kaplan. RECENT CLINICAL AND RESEARCH FINDINGS. Investigation of the Serial Offender, Robert D. Keppel. The Predator's Brain: Neuropsychodynamics of Serial Killing, Laurence Miller. Serial Stalkers: Recent Clinical Findings, Robert Lloyd-Goldstein. Serial Burglary: A Spectrum of Behaviors, Motives and Dynamics, Louis B. Schlesinger. Men Who Sexually Harass Women, John B. Pryor and Andrea B. Meyers. UNUSUAL SYNDROMES AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS. Infantophiles, David M. Greenburg, Philip Firestone, John M. Bradford and Ian Broom. Cleric Serial Offenders: Clinical Characteristics and Treatment Approaches, Thomas W, Haywood and Jack Green. Female Serial Offenders, A.J. Cooper. Serial Offending by Children and Adoloescents, Wade C. Myers and Marian J. Borg. Survivors, Families and Co-victims of Serial Offenders, Laurence Miller and Louis B. Schlesinger
"We repeat behavior because it is reinforcing and often pleasurable. Serial offenders are no different. Dr. Schlesinger triumphs once again with a remarkable team of experts who are unafraid to chart new forensic terrain: the dark and morbidly fascinating psychobiological world of the serial offending criminal."
- J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego
"This is a substantive contribution to the field, from one of its most respected practitioners. Dr. Schlesinger's book will be of value to both novices and to the most experienced forensic clinicians. I commend it to all professionals interested in this topic."
- Richard Rosner, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
"The use of the word serial has usually been reserved for serial killers or serial rapists. However, Dr. Schlesinger and colleagues have analyzed a wide range of criminal behaviors in terms of compulsive-repetitive characteristics of the perpetrators. I am especially impressed with the inclusion of chapters on women as serial offenders and an analysis of the victims of serial crimes. This is a fresh approach to a fascinating area of criminal behavior - this unique book should be read by all serious students of criminology, law enforcement, forensic psychology and psychiatry."
- Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania