Thursday, January 28, 2016

Supernatural Serial Killers: What Makes Them Murder? by Samantha Lyon, Dr Daphne Tan

I have always been interested in true crime and what makes serial killers tick so as a result I am a huge fan of Ann Rule because she wrote about true crime cases clinically but with compassion and without a trace of sensationalism (unlike a book I ended up putting down because the crimes were described with such glee and enjoyment). Supernatural Serial Killers by Samantha Lyon is definitely not like the book I put down in disgust. This book discusses in detail selected cases of serial killers who in some way have a connection with the supernatural. Each killer is examined in detail (as much as possible with available information). There is a focus on their childhoods with particular emphasis on abusive childhoods and head injuries. At the end of each chapter, the author examines the psychology of each killer and what "class" of killer they are. There are comparisons concerning the childhoods, early psychology, and the effect head injuries possibly had with the serial killers examined. The cases are discussed quite graphically sometimes but in such a way that it adds to the understanding of the killers character and is not sensational in any way. In short, I found this book to be well written and well researched and was quite informative. I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

Four out of Five Stars

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