Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky

Sons of Cain

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...


Details Sons of Cain

TitleSons of Cain
ISBN9780425276976
Author
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, History, Mystery
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Reviews Sons of Cain

  • Jodi
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial killings throughout history. I had never looked at the medieval witch-hunts or the atrocities of World War II as examples of serial killers gone amok, but, reading this...
  • stephanie
    1970-01-01
    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while the way-back-history doesn't get too many pages, it still adds interesting context for, if nothing else, how these types of killers have been regarded/thought of by s...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    Sons of Cain gives the reader a comprehensive look at the history of serial killers - the crimes, criminals, and methods used to track them down. Vronsky's complete record of serial killers - including ancient and prehistoric killers - and his ideas make this a very thought provoking read. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in true crime.I received an ARC of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.
  • Sasha
    1970-01-01
    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on th...
  • Jacob
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexual serial killers from the stone age to the present." Vronky does this by dividing the book into three sections. The first, details the evolution of the serial killer fr...
  • Cristina
    1970-01-01
    “Justice withers, prison corrupts, and society gets the criminal it deserves.” - Lacassagne Putting to rest the idea that serial killings were an epidemic of the 20th century, historian Peter Vronsky sets out to explore the ancient and not-so-ancient history of pattern murderers across (mostly Western) societies. What I found most interesting is the argument that these crimes hold a mirror to the society and cultural conflicts of their time.M...
  • Melise Gerber
    1970-01-01
    As a lover of horror novels, I have read my fair share of books about serial killers--both fiction and non-fiction. However, this is the first scholarly study that I have ever read about the serial killer phenomenon. I found it well-written, and quite interesting. Vronsky provides an overview of current thinking about what defines a serial killer, and then brings that categorization to a review of history, describing events throughout human histo...
  • Rob
    1970-01-01
    This book about the history of serial killers includes not only descriptions of the life and crimes of many multiple killers over the centuries, but also many theories as to how serial killers developed. Some points were well written with good observations of the historical data, but other parts of the book seemed to be tedious, repetitive in examples, or the analysis appeared to be strained. Overall, it was an average read compared to other book...
  • Erica Kelley
    1970-01-01
    Peter Vronsky has a way of writing what is essentially an encyclopedia of serial killers in an entertaining way that lay people can understand. His tone is conversational and the topics are interesting and timely.
  • Kyle
    1970-01-01
    I received ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. A good exploration of the makeup and characteristics of a serial killer. The book starts a bit slow, but there is plenty of quality information available throughout the book.
  • R.J.
    1970-01-01
    RTC
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Quality read! Covers not only history but provides a fascinating analysis of the phenomena in the second half of the book.
  • Cristina
    1970-01-01
    “Justice withers, prison corrupts, and society gets the criminal it deserves.” - LacassagnePutting to rest the idea that serial killings were an epidemic of the 20th century, historian Peter Vronsky sets out to explore the ancient and not-so-ancient history of pattern murderers across (mostly Western) societies. What I found most interesting is the argument that these crimes hold a mirror to the society and cultural conflicts of their time.Mu...