Advance praise for the book has been enthusiastic, including rave reviews from professional criminologists and true crime authors to nationally recognized journalists. Why We Love Serial Killers is available to the public for pre-orders now from a variety of online sources including Amazon which is offering a special 20% pre-order discount http://www.amazon.com/
This book is unique in its examination of serial killers as popular culture personalities. Unlike most other books on this subject, the primary focus of Why We Love Serial Killers is not on the crimes of serial killers. Much has already been written about that.
Although this book offers many new insights into serial homicide and provides shocking facts and anecdotes for true crime enthusiasts, the really unique contributions of this work lie in explaining why serial killers fascinate so many people, and how and why serial killers are transformed into morbid popular culture personalities or “celebrity monsters,” as Dr. Bonn calls them.
Why We Love Serial Killers also examines the phenomena of serial killer groupies and avid fans who are collectors of so-called murderabilia—that is, the mementos and original art works of killers. The book explains why some of these fans carry on long term relationships with incarcerated killers, and even marry them.
Thus, Why We Love Serial Killers offers insights into the dark side of society itself and its powerful appetite for the macabre. This book fills a niche by providing a new and penetrating look at the public’s fascination with serial murder that is groundbreaking in its approach and conclusions.
Prior to becoming a professor of criminology and sociology at Drew University, Dr. Scott Bonn was an advertising and media executive, a background which provides a unique perspective on the way lurid crime stories are sensationalized by the news media in order to attract large audiences and advertisers.
Considered to be an expert on the behavior and motivations of criminals, Scott Bonn’s Why We Love Serial Killers contains exclusive information and insights from his personal correspondence with notorious serial killers David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Dennis Rader (BTK Killer). The book incorporates new revelations contributing to the appeal to true crime buffs and academic readers alike.
Emmy-winning TV host and best-selling author, Rita Cosby, says:
“Considered one of the world's top experts on criminal behavior, Dr. Scott Bonn has delivered a book which is so powerful and provocative, you cannot put it down. Indeed, through his diligent work and unparalleled access to these infamous killers who've committed some of the most horrific crimes of our day, he provides chilling and critical insight into these deviant and pathological criminal minds… and reveals the truth behind the headlines."
Crime readers, and those who wish a more comprehensive understanding of criminals, will find a new twist to the study of serial killers and their motivations within the pages of Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers by Dr. Scott Bonn published by Skyhorse Press and scheduled for general release October 7, 2014.
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