Language, Ideology and Identity in Serial Killer Narratives

Author: Christiana Gregoriou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136837841

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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In this book, Gregoriou explores the portrayal of the serial killer identity and its related ideology across a range of contemporary crime narratives, including detective fiction, the true crime genre and media journalism. How exactly is the serial killer consciousness portrayed, how is the killing linguistically justified, and how distinguishing is the language revolving around criminal ideology and identity across these narrative genres? By employing linguistic and content-related methods of analysis, her study aims to work toward the development of a stylistic framework on the representation of serial killer ideology across factual (i.e. media texts), factional (i.e. true crime books) and fictional (i.e. novels) murder narratives. ‘Schema’ is a term commonly used to refer to organised bundles of knowledge in our brains, which are activated once we come across situations we have previously experienced, a ‘group schema’ being one such inventory shared by many. By analysing serial murder narratives across various genres, Gregoriou uncovers a widely shared ‘group schema’ for these murderers, and questions the extent to which real criminal minds are in fact linguistically fictionalised. Gregoriou’s study of the mental functioning and representation of criminal personas can help illuminate our schematic understanding of actual criminal minds.

Serial Killer Timelines

Author: Chris McNab

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1569758883

Category: True Crime

Page: 192

View: 6590

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Within These Walls

Author: Ken F. Gage

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1463418949

Category: Law

Page: 308

View: 8286

After reading this book, you'll be able to walk in the shoes of some of Alaska's most infamous killers and you'll see the things they saw during their brutal, heinous acts. By interviewing and living with these killers, I've been able to walk their bloody trail and listen to their victim's screams. You as a reader can now search for what most police departments are too overwhelmed to notice: the patterns. You'll learn to look beyond the background noise of everyday crimes, of routine blood-shed and begin to see the hot spots. When you live each day with these killers, you begin to see them re-live their gruesome crimes within their own mind; this is what makes the difference between a man convicted of murder and a true murderer.

Face to Face with Serial Killers

Author: Christopher Berry-Dee

Publisher: Blake Publishing

ISBN: 9781844543670

Category: True Crime

Page: 289

View: 4094

It's common for killers to grab the front pages, with crimes so appalling that they exert a strange fascination on many people. But until this study, it has been rare to hear about what these people are like behind the headlines. Criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee goes behind bars to bring readers the last word from some of the worst criminals in the world. They speak of their violence and shocking deeds from within some of the hardest prisons on earth. These are the killers' stories, in their own words, providing an intimate look inside the people most readers encounter only in nightmares.

Look What You Made Me Do

Author: Elaine Murphy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1538704161

Category: Fiction

Page: 242

View: 7178

A gripping thriller about a woman who must help cover the tracks of her serial killer sister -- only to discover her sibling isn't the only serial killer in town. Carrie wants a normal life. Carrie Lawrence doesn’t need a happily ever after. She’ll just settle for “after.” After a decade of helping her sister hide her victims. After a lifetime of lies. She just wants to be safe, boring, and not trekking through the woods at night with a dead body wrapped in a carpet. Becca wants to get away with murder. Becca Lawrence doesn’t believe in happily ever after because she’s already happy. She’s gotten away with murder for a decade and has blackmailed her sister into helping her hide the evidence—what more could a girl want? But first they have to stop a serial killer. When thirteen bodies are discovered in their small town, people are shocked. But not as shocked as Carrie, who thought she knew all the details of Becca’s sordid pastime. When Becca swears she’s not behind the grisly new crimes, they realize the town has a second serial killer who has the sisters in his sights, and what he wants is . . . Carrie.

Serial Killer Cinema

Author: Robert Cettl

Publisher: McFarland Publishing


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 566

View: 8622

Outlines the development of the serial killer genre in motion pictures and lists more than five hundred films, providing the credits, a plot synopsis, and an analysis of the film's place within the genre for each film.

The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

Author: Harold Schechter,David Everitt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416521747

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 346

View: 3252

A revised edition is comprised of hundreds of entries on serial murderers and their crimes, offering insight into the phenomenon of serial killing while sharing a wealth of well-publicized and lesser-known details. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Stalked by LOVE

Author: Young Honor

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1683485688

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1057

Stalked by Love is the about the life of a seasoned NYPD detective named Richard Erskine, who is assigned to the homicide squad. He and his longtime partner, Detective Michael Stevenson are in charge of a group of hard core UC's (under cover) team who are named The Predator Squad. Together they track down New York's most dangerous felons, the Code 6-Charge, 'Armed and dangerous.' Some have to pay the ultimate price… death. Take a step into New York's shadows as they bring these criminals to justice alive or dead. However, Erskine is involved in organized crime, The Firm. Before he knows it he's in too deep to get out. In his dreams, he is stalked by love. The Angel of Death often beckons him to join her.

Green River Serial Killer

Author: Pennie Morehead

Publisher: Branden Books

ISBN: 0828321531

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 9544

Judith Ridgway had been neglected, misunderstood, and abused until she met the man of her dreams., Gary Ridgway, who has become known as “The Green River Serial Killer” by the rest of the world.For fourteen happy years, Judith shared her life with an attentive and kind husband, never suspecting there was a secret side to the man she loved until the storybook romance of her life turned into a terrifying nightmare.Gary Ridgway masterfully managed his two identities: one that included romantic vacations, bicycling, and raising Poodles with his wife, the other that included obsessions with a two-decade habit of soliciting prostitutes and young runaway girls near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, strangling those who angered him. Subsequent to his arrest in 2001, Gary confessed to murdering 48 females, in a deal that spared his life. In addition, he alluded to his having killed many more—too many to remember! Green River Serial Killer—Biography of an Unsuspecting Wife examines America's most deadly serial killer through the loving eyes of his wife. Also included in this exclusive, authorized biography, are photographs from the Ridgway private albums, letters handwritten by Gary from prison, and the author's own professional analysis of his handwriting.

The Serial Killer Whisperer

Author: Pete Earley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439199043

Category: True Crime

Page: 336

View: 4980

From New York Times bestselling author Pete Earley—the strange but true story of how a young man’s devastating brain injury gave him the unique ability to connect with the world’s most terrifying criminals. Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager could want until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. When he emerged from a coma, his right side was paralyzed, he had to relearn how to walk and talk, and he needed countless pills to control his emotions. Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered that the same traumatic brain injury that made him an outcast to his peers now enabled him to connect emotionally with notorious murderers. Soon many of America’s most dangerous psychopaths were revealing to him heinous details about their crimes—even those they’d never been convicted of. Tony despaired as he found himself inescapably drawn into their violent worlds of murder, rape, and torture—until he found a way to use his gift. Asked by investigators from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to aid in solving a murder, Tony launched his own searches for forgotten victims with clues provided by the killers themselves. The Serial Killer Whisperer takes readers into the minds of murderers like never before, but it also tells the inspiring tale of a struggling American family and a tormented young man who found healing and closure in the most unlikely way—by connecting with monsters.