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The new predator--women who kill : profiles of female serial killers
Schurman-Kauflin, Deborah S.
Publication Information:
New York : Algora Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Murder -- Murder theories: how could they do it? -- Female multiple murderers: up close and personal -- The process of maturation -- From fantasy to reality -- The sadistic female multiple murderer -- Behavior patterns -- Profiling -- Tornado effect -- Interviewing multiple murderers -- Conclusion and future of profiling.
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HV6529 .S34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Though the sensational title is a bit of a stretch the author reports that an estimated 50 to 75 serial killers are operating in the US at any time, of which seven or eight may be women this study provides an interesting addition to an area where criminologists have historically focused on men. Draw

Author Notes

Dr. Schurman Kauflin is founder of the Violent Crimes Institute, she holds a PhD in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

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Studies of multiple murderers have until now focused mainly on male perpetrators. Schurman-Kauflin, founder of the Violent Crimes Institute and a profiler, tries to remedy the imbalance by offering a disturbing look, based on personal interviews, at seven women who have committed multiple murders. Addressing her colleagues in the fields of forensic pathology and law enforcement, Schurman-Kauflin establishes a sense of urgency, noting that while females represent a small percentage of all multiple murderers in the U.S., their numbers have increased in the second half of the 20th century, to an estimated 26 over the past 30 years. Clinical, painstakingly detailed and heartwrenchingly ugly, the book points out such commonalities among these women as early parental abandonment or abuse and financial instability. Murderous women tend to gravitate toward typically female roles or occupations like nursing and babysitting, and also to stripping and prostitution. They are older than their male counterparts and seem the least likely villain in any given situation (enabling them to kill over a longer period of time), target victims who are available and defenseless (e.g., small children and the elderly), prefer to use "hands-off" methods of killing (poisoning, smothering) and are meticulous about leaving the crime scene free of material evidence. Schurman-Kauflin volunteers professionals a starting point, based on "exploratory research," for identifying and capturing female serial killers, because "though it may sound dismal, no amount of therapy will stop a multiple murderer who has killed from killing again." (Jan.) Forecast: Schurman-Kauflin's information may be of interest to the general public and may get some media attention, but the clinical tone of the writing clearly directs this book to her fellow forensic psychologists and others involved in crime prevention. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1. Murderp. 5
What Do We Know?p. 10
Female Serial Killersp. 12
What Better Way to Kill?p. 13
Profilesp. 16
Mass Murderers
Male vs. Femalep. 19
Trendsp. 22
2. Murder Theories: How Could They Do It?p. 25
Biological Theoriesp. 25
Biological Theories and Womenp. 27
Brain Dysfunctionp. 29
Psychologyp. 30
Psychopathp. 31
Serial Murder and Psychopathsp. 33
Mental Illnessp. 36
Over-controlled versus Under controlledp. 40
Depressionp. 44
Sociologyp. 46
Labeling Theoryp. 46
Neutralization Theoryp. 47
Foundationsp. 49
3. Female Multiple Murderers: up Close And Personalp. 51
Theoryp. 54
Protection of Research Participantsp. 56
Research Methodologyp. 57
Research Samplep. 60
Murder Methodp. 63
4. The Process of Maturationp. 67
Siblingsp. 71
Instabilityp. 72
Abusep. 73
Anger Builds and Buildsp. 74
Physicality: Appearance and Multiple Murderp. 80
5. From Fantasy to Realityp. 85
Living in Daydreamsp. 85
Evil Mindsp. 90
6. The Sadistic Female Multiple Murdererp. 95
Pain and Furyp. 95
Controlp. 108
Dominationp. 113
The Sadistp. 115
7. Behavior Patternsp. 119
Behavioral Indicatorsp. 119
Cruelty To Animalsp. 119
Verbal Skillsp. 124
Sleep Dysfunctionp. 126
Adolescent Behaviorsp. 128
Predationp. 132
Stop, Thief!p. 134
Educationp. 135
8. Profilingp. 137
Overviewp. 137
Multiple Murder Commonalitiesp. 138
The Federal Bureau of Investigationp. 141
Female Killersp. 144
Women Who Killp. 146
Gender Role: A Link to Murderp. 147
Child-Killersp. 152
The Categoriesp. 153
Multiple Murder Typologiesp. 155
Current Researchp. 158
Common Characteristicsp. 159
Homicide Analysisp. 161
Male versus Femalep. 165
Case Study: Organized Offenderp. 165
Case Study: Disorganized Offenderp. 170
Antemurder and Postmurderp. 174
Mindsetp. 178
Schurman-Kauflin's 10 Questionsp. 180
9. Tornado Effectp. 189
Motivationsp. 189
Tornadop. 189
The Tornado Effectp. 191
10. Interviewing Multiple Murderersp. 205
11 Conclusion and Future Of Profilingp. 213
Reviewp. 213
Can We Cure Them?p. 216
Profilingp. 216
Bibliographyp. 221
Acknowledgementsp. 235