|Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer|
|Author(s)||Michael D. Kelleher|
Flash Point: The American Mass Murderer is a book by Michael D. Kelleher, published by Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, in 1997.
The crime of mass murder is surrounded by myth, false assumptions, and misinformation. It is frequently sensationalized in the press, while the complex motivations of the perpetrator are ignored or soon forgotten. The mass murderer is rarely a crazed killer who lashes out against his victims in a mindless frenzy of violence. This book examines not only the crime of mass murder, but also the complex motivations of the mass murderer, presenting a completely new method of categorizing and analyzing the crime and its perpetrator. The evolving nature of the crime is examined in the context of actual case histories of mass murder in America. Kelleher's insights will be of interest to criminologists and anyone interested in the sociology of crime.
Table of contentsEdit
|Chapter 1 – The Crime and the Criminal||1|
|Defining Mass Murder||2|
|Chapter 2 – Perverted Love||41|
|Chapter 3 – Politics and Hate||67|
|Chapter 4 – Revenge||81|
|Chapter 5 – Sexual Homicide||103|
|Chapter 6 – Mass Executions||111|
|Chapter 7 – Sane or Insane||119|
|Chapter 8 – The Unexplained||139|
|Chapter 9 – Inside the Mind of a Mass Murderer||153|
|Chapter 10 – Tomorrow's Mass Murderer||167|
|Chapter 11 – A Survey of American Mass Murderers||173|
|Appendix 1: A Survey of Some Notorious American Serial Killers||183|
|Appendix 2: Organized and Disorganized Serial Killers||187|
|Appendix 3: Chronology of Patrick Purdy||191|
|Appendix 4: The Five Most Deadly U.S. Mass Murders||193|
|Appendix 5: Timeline of the Oklahoma City Bombing||195|
*Sub-chapters are incomplete.