This book was the first I read this year, and I am so glad I did. After all, I am an avid documentary watcher from Investigation Discovery and shows about true crime and serial killers profiling, and so on. This book, right alongside How Life Imitates Chess of Garry Kasparov, is probably one of the best I´ve read this year.
The book full title is Cannibal Serial Killers, Profiles ofDepraved Flesh-Eating Murderers, and its author is an expert criminologist.
The book starts by telling the history of cannibalism and its cultural nuances throughout the times, from ancestral tribes to the infamous uruguayan rugbiers. The, it moves on to analyzing the profiles of fourteen serial killers, their motives and how they were caught.
The book is immensely interesting, specially to those who, like me, enjoy these kind of documentaries on television. It tells the stories of monsters like Jeffrey Dahmer, whose hobby was to meet men, invite them to his apartment, take pictures of them, knock them out, finish them off, and then eat them. Police found seventeen victims in his fridge!
The most bone chilling case I read was the one about Andrei Chikatilo, not only because he was found guilty of 53 murders, not only because he confessed to 56, and not only because he is thought to have commited well over 80; but for the fact that he wa aprehended and investigated five times, every time released to go on murdering and only be caught and found guilty ten years after.
Over 40 could´ve been saved if police did a better job.
Who do I recommend this book? All who are interested in criminology, true crime stories and documentaries, taboos, psychological profiling.
Full Title: Cannibal Serial Killers, Profiles ofDepraved Flesh-Eating Murderers
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ulysses Press (May 10, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
How to buy it? Visit this Amazon link.
I want to thank folks at Ulysses Press for sending me this book. I hope you continue sending me those. My review was unbiased by the gift, but I wouldn´t have read it otherwise.
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