MURDER BY NUMBERS. British Serial Sex Killers Since 1950:Their Childhoods, Their Lives, Their Crimes.

Author: Gekoski (Anna)
Year: 1998
Publisher: Deutsch.
Signed by the author
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: NrF/F
ISBN: 9780233991382
Price: 20.00
Hardback. SIGNED. A look at 9 serial killers : John Christie, Ian Brady, Myra Hindley, Peter Sutcliffe, Dennis Nilsen, Robert Black, Colin Ireland and Fred and Rose West. In the case of each killer, Anna examines what is known about his or her childhood and describes how that child was transormed into a murderer. In a thoughtful conclusion, she produces a model for the way in which an unloved and isolated child can morbidly transform a fantasy life linking sex and death into an adult career of appalling brutality. In the course of this study, the author entered into a long correspondence with convicted serial killer Colin Ireland in which he gave a full and frank account of his childhood and later life, and his letters are quoted extensively in the text. Both disturbing and compelling, this book is the first serious attempt to compare and contrast the lives and crimes of British post-war serial killers. Illus. + Select Bibliog. 310pp. lge 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. V. lightly browned pp. o/w Nr. F. in F. dw. Includes an exchange of typed correspondence (3 letters loosely inserted) between Anna Gekoski and Wilf Gregg. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

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