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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 two definitive bestselling books on the history and psychopathology of serial homicide, Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004) and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007) . He began writing about serial killers after he randomly encountered briefly 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.

Peter Vronsky's account of his first serial killer encounter has been recently published in 2017 as Times Square Torso Ripper: Sex and Death on the Forty Deuce from RJ Parker Publishing.

The forthcoming third volume in his serial killer history series, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present for Berkley Books at Penguin Random House, is scheduled to be published in August 2018. (www.serialkillerchronicles.com)

Vronsky is also a historian of espionage, insurgency and military history. His most recent book is Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada (Penguin Books: 2011) an investigative account of the hidden history of Canada's first modern battle and the Irish Fenian insurgency.

Peter Vronsky holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in the fields of the history of espionage in international relations and criminal justice history. He currently lectures in history of the Third Reich, the American Civil War, history of terrorism, espionage and international relations in the 20th century at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Vronsky has been shooting and producing investigative documentaries and network television news specials, music videos and documentaries since 1975. 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 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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