Whether you are a true crime fan, or don’t understand the allure, dive in and find out what the serial killer obsession is all about!
What I loved: I originally heard Dr. Scott Bonn on a Generation Why podcast episode (#106) and instantly became interested in the topic of “why we love serial killers.” It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in my obsession!
Dr. Bonn reveals plenty of information without making the book feel like a collegiate textbook. I was able to learn more about serial killers and the sociology involved, without feeling like I was going to be tested afterwards.
One of my favorite parts of the book is the chapter Dr. Bonn debunks typical serial killer myths. I learned so many interesting facts such as comparing traits of men versus women murderers and if serial killers truly want to be caught or not.
Dr. Bonn does a phenomenal job referencing media sources too. He mentions Dexter, Hannibal and several others.
This book also details the “art” of criminal profiling. You get to learn more than what we simply see on Criminal Minds. We are able to learn about what goes on inside the mind of a serial killer and of those who hunt them.
Infamous killers are featured too. Dr. Bonn chooses just a few to explore and give detailed backgrounds of each. To name just a few, Son of Sam, BTK, the Green River Killer and Ted Bundy are featured in the book.
Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Bonn’s writing style. He made sure to conclude every chapter with a brief overview of what you read and what you should have taken away from the chapter. He also references past chapters tying everything together neatly.
What I didn’t: One of my only requests, is I wish the book had more visual elements. I am a visual learner, therefore, I feel it would have been easier to absorb more information if there were more graphs and charts reflecting the statistics or facts.
While researching what others thought of this book, I came across a very interesting and controversial point. One reader had vehemently disagreed with Dr. Bonn’s point about serial killers having a place in society. As awful and evil as some of these killers are, I truly believe they do fit into society whether we’d like them to or not. Without sickness, there would be no doctors. Without education, there’d be no teachers. Without the need for order, there’d be no government. And without crime, there’d be no law enforcement. Everyone has a place in society, no matter how useful or gruesome they may be.
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To listen to Dr. Bonn on the Generation Why podcast, click here!