Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

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, ghou From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial ...

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Title:Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
Author:Peter Vronsky
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present Reviews

  • Natalie
    Sep 28, 2018
    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...
  • Linden A.
    Aug 30, 2018
    Mentioned in BBC article ?Why were there so many serial killers in the 1980s?? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-ca... ...
  • Heather
    May 31, 2018
    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 ...
  • Cristina
    Jul 14, 2018
    ?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 murder...
  • Melise Gerber
    Jul 29, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kristin
    Sep 11, 2018
    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Jul 14, 2018
    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...
  • April Forker
    Aug 28, 2018
    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...
  • Neelam Babul
    Sep 14, 2018
    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...
  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    Aug 13, 2018
    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...
  • Sasha
    May 23, 2018
    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 real...
  • Smart
    Aug 23, 2018
    This was disturbingly wonderful to read! Icantc can't wait to tell everyone about his book! Thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review! ...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Aug 14, 2018
    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...
  • Jacob
    Apr 10, 2018
    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 "sexua...
  • Scott S.
    Oct 05, 2018
    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    Aug 04, 2018
    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...
  • Laura
    Aug 22, 2018
    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...
  • C.
    Sep 06, 2018
    A very fascinating and well researched read about the history of serial killers. The chapters on the history of 'werewolves' and 'witches' were very interesting and informative. ...
  • Emerson
    Aug 22, 2018
    Yes, this is high in facts and statistics. It's also brilliant. It shows interesting, historical trends, and what events have led to them. This has been wonderful for me, as I've striven to understand why people like this become who they are while others, given the same circumstances, ...
  • stephanie
    Mar 30, 2018
    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 th...
  • Paul
    Aug 27, 2018
    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...
  • Jodi
    Apr 10, 2018
    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 kill...
  • Michele
    Aug 23, 2018
    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. Occurrences of serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...
  • Vangluss
    Oct 13, 2018
    + Comprehensive: Despite the title of this book, I wasn't expecting a super deep dive. I was expecting a nice examination of give or take a few notable serial killers, and their hows/whys/whens using a big history approach. I know how some books can oversell themselves, especially when...
  • Elle Maruska
    Oct 16, 2018
    I really appreciated how Vronsky puts serial killing into a wider historical perspective, tracing the phenomenon through its many guises while emphasizing that despite different historical circumstances, the base reasons behind serial murders seem to remain the same. A milieu of danger...
  • Megan
    Aug 04, 2018
    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...
  • HFK
    Aug 24, 2018
    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...
  • Jessica
    Aug 23, 2018
    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...
  • Ric Evans
    Sep 03, 2018
    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...
  • Jeanne-Ann
    Sep 27, 2018
    A well-written book. I had worried that it might just be the usual sensationalism, but it was just what I had hoped for; a book delving into the human mind and what sometimes goes wrong. I've been interested in serial killers and their psychology and physiology since before university ...