Author: Lunde (Donald T.)
Year: 1976
Publisher: San Francisco Book Co.
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: NrF/Poor
ISBN: 0913374326
Price: 8.00
Hardback. The phenomenon of murder is usually viewed with a mixture of fascination and horror, curiosity and repulsion. Its true dimensions and patterns elude us. Why and when do people kill? Have the courts and mental institutions failed in the USA? Is America experiencing a full-scale "murder epidemic"? Stanford professor Donald Lunde attempts to answer the questions in a ground-breaking work, the culmination of a 5yr. study of murder and insanity in the USA. In a nontechnical narrative the author shows that most murders in America are not committed in the street by hardened criminals but rather in the home, by friends and relatives of murder victims. He explains the ways in which murder rates are linked to up and down swings in the national economy. Turning to related issues - gun control, the death penalty, inflation and recession, government corruption, loss of religion, permissiveness in child-rearing, law and order, violence on television, and violence in society - he provides new insights by placing these issues within the context of a greater problem, then contrasts America's murder rates and trends with those of other countries. Chapter headings include : Murder in the United States; Murder in Other Countries; Studies of the Mass Murderer; A Case Study of Herbert Mullin; Psychological Studies of Murderers; Insane Killers and the Insanity Trial. Donald Lunde was one of the 3 court-appointed psychiatrists to examine Patricia Hearst. Illus., Reader's Guide, and Index. 142pp. 8vo. h/back. Nr F. in poor dw. which is frayed and worn and has a small hole in the middle of the sp.


Browse Catalogue


Login/My Account




About Us

Contact Us