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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, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos.

In 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. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers--Vronsky's 2004 book, which has been called the definitive history 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 murderers.

These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and--as popular culture has demonstrated--uniquely fascinating.

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Peter Vronsky

Peter Vronsky is an author, filmmaker and investigative historian. He is the author of three definitive bestselling books on the history and psychopathology of serial homicide and its investigation: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004) , Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007) and Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present (2018) . His new book, American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000 is scheduled to be released on December 8, 2020. It focuses on the rise of serial murder in the United States and the critical "serial killer epidemic" era of 1970-2000 when 83 percent of known American serial killers made their appearance.Peter Vronsky began writing about serial killers after he briefly randomly encountered two different serial killers before they were apprehended, one in New York City in December 1979 and the other in Moscow in October 1990 without knowing at the time they were serial killers.Vronsky is also a historian of espionage, insurgency-terrorism and military history. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the fields of espionage in international relations and criminal justice history. His book Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada (Penguin Books: 2011) is the definitive account of the hidden history of Canada's first modern battle fought against Irish-American Fenian insurgents invading from the United States in 1866.He currently lectures in history of the Third Reich, the American Civil War, history of terrorism, espionage and international relations at Ryerson University in Toronto. Prior to earning Ph.D. in history, Peter Vronsky worked for 25-years shooting and producing investigative documentaries and network television news specials, music videos and documentaries. He has worked extensively in Europe, the former Soviet Union, South Africa and in Canada and USA. He is the creator of a body of formal video art works exhibited internationally and a cited historian of the phenomenon of serial murder, of Lee Harvey Oswald's journey to the USSR in 1959-1962, the Siege of Montsegur during the Albigensian Crusade in 1244, the disappearance of Ambrose Small in Toronto in 1919, the early history of the Toronto Police and is an authority on the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866.Peter Vronsky is co-editor with RJ Parker of the Crimes Canada book series of historical Canadian true crime cases. www.crimescanada.com Peter Vronsky lives in Toronto and Venice, Italy. His websites include www.petervronsky.org, www.serialkillerchronicles.com, www.investigativehistory.com, www.ridgewaybattle.ca and www.fenians.org

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