Programmed to Kill

The Politics of Serial Murder

by David McGowan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/16/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 406
ISBN : 9780595326402
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 406
ISBN : 9780595774463

About the Book

The specter of the marauding serial killer has become a relatively common feature on the American landscape. Reactions to these modern-day monsters range from revulsion to morbid fascination-fascination that is either fed by, or a product of, the saturation coverage provided by print and broadcast media, along with a dizzying array of books, documentary films, websites, and "Movies of the Week".

The prevalence in Western culture of images of serial killers (and mass murderers) has created in the public mind a consensus view of what a serial killer is. Most people are aware, to some degree, of the classic serial killer 'profile.' But what if there is a much different 'profile'-one that has not received much media attention?

In Programmed to Kill, acclaimed and always controversial author David McGowan takes a fresh look at the lives of many of America's most notorious accused murderers, focusing on the largely hidden patterns that suggest that there may be more to the average serial killer story than meets the eye.

Think you know everything there is to know about serial killers? Or is it possible that sometimes what everyone 'knows' to be true isn't really true at all?

About the Author

David McGowan is the author of Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don't Want You to See (Common Courage Press, 2000) and Understanding the F-Word: American Fascism and the Politics of Illusion (Writers Club Press, 2001), as well as the webmaster at the Center for an Informed America (