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[PDF.ePUB.MOBI]  Sons of Cain Author Peter Vronsky – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❮Read❯ ➸ Sons of Cain ➻ Author Peter Vronsky – Serv3.3pub.co.uk 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 horr From the author of Serial Killers The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in depth Sons of PDF/EPUB ² examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history how they evolved and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimesBefore the term was coined in there were no serial killers There were only monsters killers society first understood as werewolves vampires ghouls and witches or later Hitchcockian psychosIn Sons of Cain a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre civilization era c BC to today Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers Vronsky's book which has been called the definitive history of the phenomenon of serial murder he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers thrill killers who engage in murder rape torture cannibalism and necrophilia as opposed to for profit serial killers including hit men or political serial killers like terrorists or genocidal murderersThese sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations They are uniuely human and as popular culture has demonstrated uniuely fascinating.

10 thoughts on “Sons of Cain

  1. Valerity (Val) Valerity (Val) says:

    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 parts of it due to my sleep disorder which caused me difficulty getting through it so I’ll likely go back and read it again at a later date when it’s not acting up as much For those interested in the subject you may want to give this a look if you want to check out the history of them and how they came into being A different type of books than the ones about their crimes and the trials but fascinating in another way for sure as an overview It is impressive with all of the information that went into it It gives a good understanding of how they likely came into being from the very earliest of times from the days of Cain and AbelAdam and Eve My thanks for the advance electronic copy provided by Netgalley author Peter Vronsky and the publisher for my fair reviewBerkley Publishing GroupPub Aug 14th 2018My Bookzone blog on Wordpress

  2. Tiffany PSquared Tiffany PSquared says:

    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 futureSons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders The eras of supposed werewolfvampire slayings and witch huntings are also discussed Occurrences of serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this bookWell researched and meticulously footnoted and annotated the book still seems to neglect female offenders in this category although it is very inclusive of little known male offenders that aren't often included in serial killer discussionsSons of Cain was at times captivating especially Vronsky's personal encounter with a noted serial killer and at times gruesome and disheartening There are graphic descriptions of individual crimes and discouraging statistics about the vast numbers of killers and the infinitely varied reasons that they become what they areRecommended for readers who like me are obsessed with learning about why these psychopathic killers commit their horrific crimes but don't expect any easy answersMany thanks to NetGalley Berkley Publishing Group and the author for the opportunity to read and review a free ARC of this bookSee my full review of this book and others at That New Book Smell

  3. Yigal Zur Yigal Zur says:

    it is not a book for every one it is really for those who want to go deep into understanding serial killers it is amazing research with a lot of information sometime maybe a bit too detailed but on the whole fascinating Vronsky is straight forward writer with very logical views on the subject i was uite surprised with his conclusion that serial killers are on decline so maybe there is still hope to human kind and kindness

  4. Elise Elise says:

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of unified theory of serial killers or a catalog of them through history which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope look at serial killing as a phenomenon and accounts of specific singular serial killers Perhaps a better writer could have tied those two things together but Vronsky didn't manage it Secondly there was a lot of weird misogyny in here For someone who managed to express the concept of the less dead not Vronsky's innovation and the ways in which marginalized populations are particularly vulnerable because of the legal system the fact that he couldn't use the word sex worker instead of prostitute and particularly his lurid description of Jack the Ripper's victims as essentially grotesue didn't feel particularly compassionate or conscientious There was also some whiffs of evolutionary psychology in his explanation of where serial killers come from a school of thought I find profoundly dubious particularly because of its deep seated connections to misogynist conceptions of gender roles and men are just like that apologia for rape The idea that serial killer is the natural state of people and usually men in particular which is something Vronsky very much seems to buy into fits very much into a highly suspect and in large part scientifically uestionable narrative of evo psych and one that tends to reinforce conceptions of men as naturally violent and women as naturally nurturing There were also his characterizations of serial killers' mothers as essentially at fault and some distasteful at best mutterings about the perils of feminizing young boys that had than a whiff of transphobia There are ways to talk about how perhaps forced feminization impacts boys that involve discussion of the insecurity of masculinity in Western culture and less blaming mothers That latter isn't an unfamiliar trope in true crime literature but it's one that always makes me skeptical we tend to blame mothers for how children turn out to a possibly disproportionate degreeAlso his inclusion of the witch hunts in his category of serial killers was highly suspect to me and seemed to belong in a different book and almost bizarrely aggressive descriptions of the evils of our opponents for some reason contrasted with ISIS? seemed like digressions into another book entirely There were also some strange things in the general format like the three page long spread of serial killers and their birth datestimes of activity something that might have been in an appendix and a full page of lurid headlines from men's magazines didn't need all those examples at all that I am frankly astonished weren't cut in the editing process I'm almost certainly forgetting other things that bothered me considering that scarcely a page passed by in reading this where I wasn't finding myself wrinkling my nose at somethingIt seems to me like Vronsky couldn't decide which book to write and tried to write all of them And along the way he fell into a number of unfortunate traps that meant I found myself not just annoyed by this book but actively repulsed Unfortunateedit Oh yes And at least one glaring factual inaccuracy the idea of the bullied loser 1999 Columbine massacre perpetrators has been thoroughly discredited multiple times

  5. Scott Scott says:

    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 aspect In the second part Vronsky dives deeply into history with a fair amount of page dedicated to the lesser known European murderers in the 15th through 19th centuries who pre date the infamous 'Jack the Ripper' case 'Jack' is used as the launch into the conclusion which leads to the so called 'golden age' the author's words not mine in the US from the late 60's to the start of the 21st centuryIn a good way as to not glamorize them any further at least many of the notable 'monsters' of the latter part of the 20th century Ted Bundy John Wayne Gacy Jeffrey Dahmer etc get only token mentions and their cases are not actually discussed in depth That's fine really as their horrible and disgusting actions have been already written about in numerous other books over the yearsVronsky presents some intriguing theories as to why America experienced such an increase in serial killer activity in the 70's 80's and 90's as well as why said activity appeared to decrease after 2000There are some terrifying and tasteless parts of Sons of Cain but the book is meant for educational purposes than entertainment The reader is not yukking it up following the adventures of Hannibal Lecter It demonstrates that evil walks this earth and could be as close as next door45 stars

  6. Jim Jim says:

    This is an interesting book albeit a book that has some issues The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers which we do sort of if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as born; that we are all born with the instinct to kill people and screw their corpses but that most of us are essentially deprogrammed through healthy familial upbringing and positive societal norms He gives some interesting case studies of some of the notorious killers and includes lots of stats I started to be skeptical of the stats when I read these words on page 281 In September 1911 using an ax Moore killed 6 victims in Colorado Springs a man two women and four childrenAnyone else see the problem there?There were other issues He makes comments that border on the inflammatory like this on page 310 The Nazi German and Imperial Japanese enemies that American GIs our fathers and grandfathers were dispatched to fight were without exaggeration far savage sadistic and murderous than anything we see today in the form of the Taliban Al aida or ISISI had issues with that He seems not only to forget that French and Commonwealth troops had been battling these foes for a good two years before the USA entered the fray but importantly how do you figure? Can he be ignorant of the extent of Taliban and ISIS savagery or is it because the Nazis are all dead now and easier to pick on? How much savage can you be than burning captured enemy fighters alive? If he had wanted to make a case on sheer numbers I might have agreed with him but it's pretty hard to out savage some jerk who is throwing a guy off the top of a building or stoning a woman to death because she was raped SheeshWhile we're on the topic of savagery here's something to ponder from page 312 our enemy in World War II was so evil and powerful that we were called upon not just to utterly annihilate its armies but to bomb and burn its cities along with its people including the women and children until their governments collapsed or surrenderedI'll just leave that thereAll considered not a bad book A few inconsistencies but I think he tries to be fair throughout The writing is decent and he seems to have done a lot of research and written several books which he referencesa lot I keep a pad of paper handy to write down interesting uotes and when I was finished the book noticed that I had uite a few written downand then realized that they were all uotes Vronsky had credited to other writersI'll finish this with a word of warning Mr Vronsky observes that many serial killers were made to dress as girls when young He names among others Henry Lee Lucas Otis Toole Eddie Cole and Charles Manson It's probably best to keep your sons out of your daughter's closets just to be on the safe side

  7. Debbie Debbie says:

    Years ago I was a fan of true crime books especially John E Douglas's MINDHUNTER so when I came across this book I was intrigued As the title suggests author Peter Vronsky an investigative historian has written a history specifically of sexual serial killers in Western society from the Stone Age to the present He starts off with a grabber his unknowing face to face encounter with serial killer Richard Cottingham Then using copious amounts of research 18 pages of Endnotes and Bibliography Vronsky chronicles the evolution of serial killers from their origins to present day It's not an anthology of serial killers but he does include several examples to coincide with each chapter's informationSome points he makes which I found interesting includewhat drives serial killers;the prehistoric background of Homo sapiens and our brain evolution;how serial killers were explained away in the Middle Ages as being werewolves or vampires as well as the meaning of porphyria;why women were accused of being witches and how they were uestioned;although female serial killers exist why female sexual serial killers are rare;why marginalized victims were referred to as less dead;how innocent fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood were originally dark vile horror stories about human predators and their female victims;a chapter that sets the record straight about Jack the Ripper;the sickening emergence of serial killer groupies and murderabilia; andhypotheses as to why there was such a prolific number of serial killers from the 1970s to the 1990sThis book is definitely not for the sueamish I found the story about America's youngest serial killer 12 year old Jesse Pomeroy to be extremely disturbingOverall this is a well researched comprehensive book not only about sexual serial killers but how females were and continue to be viewed in society throughout history

  8. K. K. says:

    Trigger warnings pretty much anything you can think of Especially rape and murder obviously This book wasnot uite what I expected it to be For starters in my head it was a huge tome of a thing but in reality it's just over 300 pages I also didn't expect it to assume as much prior knowledge of serial killers during the 1960s and 1970s as it did But I digress The chapters on serial killers between 1400 and 1800 were fascinating there was a whole chapter talking about how witch hunts were basically one giant church sanctioned serial murder spree and another that discussed instances in which serial killers were reported at the time as being werewolves So all of that was REALLY interesting There were numerous statistics during the 19th and 20th century sections that I was shocked by for example the US has 9 times Canada's population but 23 times its murder count But there was something about the way that Vronsky talked about the victims of these crimes that made meunsettled I'm thinking most specifically of Jack the Ripper's victims in which he basically dehumanises them altogether in an effort to point out that they weren't the pretty young things that Hollywood makes them out to be Which like I get it But also they were still human beings dude Maaaaybe slow your roll I was also slightly sceptical of his hypothesis that there was an explosion in the number of serial killers during the second half of the 20th century because their fathers came back from war psychologically traumatised by the rapes and deaths they'd witnessed or perpetrated and did a shit job of raising their sons as a result Mostly my issue with this has to do with the fact that he literally only looks at America in making this statement and surely there would have been a global explosion of serial killers if the cause was men damaged by war being shitty fathers??All of that being said this was still an incredibly interesting read and I'll certainly keep an eye out for Vronksy's other works

  9. Shannon Shannon says:

    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 Rise of the Modern Serial Killer This book included information about serial killers that I have never even heard of and went back hundreds and hundreds of years It is very well researched and the author talked about things I was even familiar with I was familiar with infamous serial killers such as Jack the Ripper and individuals in the United States from 1950 2000 This was a really interesting book and I think that anyone who enjoys reading about serial killers and true crime will really enjoy this book It is fairly dense and contains a great deal of information Thank you to the publisher Berkley for sending me an ARC of this book

  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    Alright so you're talking to someone that loves history the 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 now this one is a lot technical than you would expect which could translate into a dry read for some The amount of research that went into this book is amazingSONS OF CAIN focuses on the serial killers that commit sexual crimes and killings What makes them different than other killers? As a warning these killers engage in rape torture cannibalism and even necrophilia so if those topics are ones you wish to avoid then this won't be the book for youThis dives deep into the minds of these killers and also examines why the public seems to be so fascinated and mesmerized by their horrific crimes I think the most captivating and creepy part of this book was hearing about the author's personal brushes with some of these killers Makes you wonder if you've ever interacted with or encountered someone like this This is why I will always love to read true crime novels and why they will scare me the most These people existed and these crimes actually happened if that's not chilling and terrifying then I don't know what isIf you're a fan of true crime and are curious about a in depth history of these kinds of killers then this will be a truly fascinating read Again this book is very technical and heavily researched so it may read like a textbook or encyclopedia for some readers I will be going back to find his other books about the modern serial killers

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