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Sons of Cain

A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
Written by: Peter Vronsky
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes.

Before the term was coined in 1981, there were no "serial killers." There were only "monsters" - killers society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos.

In Sons of Cain - a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime - investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers - Vronsky's 2004 book, which has been called "the definitive history of the phenomenon of serial murder" - he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers who engage in murder, rape, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia, as opposed to for-profit serial killers, including hit men, or "political" serial killers, like terrorists or genocidal murderers.

These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and - as popular culture has demonstrated - uniquely fascinating.

©2018 Peter Vronsky (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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pretty good

well written and interesting although some parts where the author is listing different books and sayings go on way to long for an audio book and had to be skipped. but would recommend to anyone I learned alot

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Extremely interesting!

I really enjoyed listening to this book, it has so many fascinating insights into serial killers, definitely worth the listen!

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  • LINZI
  • Perth, Australia
  • 2018-12-31

Very interesting insights.

Interesting theories on this topic. Many of which I have never heard before. Compelling explanations and evidence to support them. You may not agree with all of it but it will definitely give you pause for thought. By the end I found myself searching for his next book.

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  • Donald Bouchard
  • 2018-09-12

Not bad

there's a lot of information going on in this book, but unfortunately for the length of this book not everything can be dived into deeply. it's really unfortunate that the author didn't go too deep with certain serial killers let alone not mention some of the more infamous killers in American history. I was actually surprised that he did not discuss Carl panzram. overall I was pleased with the book

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  • RRobinR
  • 2019-04-15

detailed and intricate

Wow! if this book doesn't make you understand the depth and breadth of the human element nothing can. crazy doesn't begin to excuse the behavior of some humans, the research and attention to detail is intoxicating.

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  • Tiffany B.
  • 2018-11-15

Hung on every word!

Brilliantly written & read! Fabulous mix of psychology & details. Very eye opening. Thank you!

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  • PMaycumber
  • 2018-11-10

Serial killers

Very good historical book on serial killers. This discussed complete history of the pathological topic.