The Need to Killrips away the myths and mystery associated with serial killers, shedding new light on the world's most terrifying individuals. Dr. Steven Egger, creator of the first statewide computer system for tracking serial killers, has been researching this phenomenon for 20 years. In this book, he brings a clear eye and real objectivity to questions that are rarely answered accurately in the press. Is there really a "profile"? Who do serial killers murder? How do they choose their victims? What motivates them? Are they "mutants from hell," or frighteningly like the rest of us. And why, exactly, are we so fascinated with them? Drawing on his unmatched expertise, Eggers profiles seven of history's most notorious serial killers, including John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Henry Lee Lucas, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Egger also profiles unsolved cases of serial murder from across the United States: the work of killers who may still be out there, planning to strike again. Finally, Egger takes readers behind the scenes with the investigators, exploring the tools at their disposal--and the obstacles standing in their way.About the Author:
Dr. Steven A. Egger is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Houston Clear Lake and Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He was project director of the Homicide Assessment and Lead Tracking System (HALT) for the State of New York, the first statewide, computerized system to track and identify serial murderers. He has been researching serial murder since 1983. He authored The Killers Among Us: Examination of Serial Murder and Its Investigations, Second Edition and Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon. Dr. Egger has lectured on serial murder in England, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain. Dr. Egger has worked as a police officer, homicide investigator, police consultant, and law enforcement academy director. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, where he completed the world's first dissertation on serial murder. With his wife, Kim Egger, he is currently working on an encyclopedia of serial murder that will include entries on over 1,300 serial killers.
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