5 BOOKS ABOUT SERIAL KILLERS THAT SPARK YOUR
You’d be lying if you said psychology dint intrigue you. All of us are born with a different
mind-set which develops as we grow up depending on our surroundings and situations.
Those minds that develop criminal characteristics are some of the most interesting and
dangerous at the same time. So here are a few books that will give you an insight into the
depths of the psychopathic brains.
1. THE STRANGER BESIDE ME by ANN RULE
What makes this book one of the best ones out there is the simple fact that it is written not only by one of the most established crime writers but also that she knew Ted Bundy personally and had a friendship that developed at a crisis hotline. In the first few chapters as Rule describes the man who later become one of the world most notorious serial killers, the sense of their friendship that stops her from accepting evidence to prove Bundy’s crimes, leaks through. Ted Bundy murdered at least 30 women between 1974 and 1978. This biography will keep you on the edge of the seat and you will constantly find yourself in the shoes of Ann Rule writing about a close friend who had committed heinous crimes.
2. HANNIBAL LECTOR SERIES by THOMAS HARRIS
This series about the cannibal Hannibal Lector has proven to be one of my favourite reads. The most famous book in the series hands down is “The Silence of The Lambs” which was preceded by “red Dragon” and succeeded by “Hannibal”. All the books account of the tale of Dr.Hannibal Lector, a forensic psychologist and a cannibalistic serial killer.
3. BLIND, TORTURE, KILL by ROY WENZL, HURST LAVIANA and L. KELLY
Dennis Lynn Rader or the infamous BTK killer terrorised people in Wichita, Kansas for over 30 years. This book reveals the horrific details of the murders of all those victims that Rader killed in his own specific and twisted manner. He followed the process of Blinding, Torturing and Killing his victims. He was particularly famous for sending letters to the local police and newspapers, giving detailed descriptions of his crimes.
4. DEVIANT by HAROLD SCHECHTER
The man who inspired the role of famous film serial killers (Norman Bates, Leatherface etc.) is the devil of this book. Ed Gein was the true definition of a mamma’s boy who up until her death took care of his mother failing to interact with any other female for most of his life. The psychotic nature of Gein manifested itself in its rawest form after his mother’s death who as a result of obsession started robbing graves off the female corpses. He would take parts of the body and keep them as trophies in his house and later divulged into necrophilia and cannibalism. If “The silence of the lambs” was creepy for you, this story will chill your bones with sheer disgust and terror.
5. DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER by JEFF LINDSAY
The novel’s protagonist, Dexter Morgan, works for the Miami-Dade Police Department as a forensic blood spatter pattern analyst. In his spare time, Dexter is a serial killer who kills murderers, rapists, and other undesirables he believes have escaped, are escaping, or will ultimately escape justice. Dexter is more of a vigilante than a cold blooded serial killer. This novel is also the inspiration for the TV series Dexter.
If these book aren’t enough to satiate your interest about serial killers and their psychology, here are a few honorary mentions:
I am not a serial killer by Dan Wells
A story about John Wayne Cleaver who abides by his own set of specific rules that prevent him from becoming a serial killer.
- The devil in the white city by Erik Larson
This book revolves around the 1839 Chicago world fair and two central characters: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. The sheer way that the events are portrayed often seem like they are purely fictitious and will have you checking the facts.
- Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
As the first ever completed works on the zodiac killer this book will take you through the events involving one of the most notorious serial killers who was never caught.
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
This dark comedy about the handsome, charming and sophisticated Patrick Bateman encounters the reality of the world that everyone turns a blind eye towards.