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Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Serial Killer books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

2. The Big Book of Serial Killers (2017)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThere is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us.These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader’s, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community.This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal…
Author(s): Jack Rosewood

3. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (2017)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfDiscover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares. During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most…
Author(s): John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

4. Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf“Co-ed Killer” Ed Kemper • The BTK Killer • “Highway Stalker” Henry Lee Lucas • Monte Ralph Rissell • “Shoe Fetish Slayer” Jerry Brudos • “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez • “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski • Ed Gein “The Butcher of Plainfield” • “Killer Clown” John Wayne Gacy Andrew Cunanan In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded…
Author(s): Peter Vronsky

5. Serial Killer Trivia: Fascinating Facts and Disturbing Details That Will Freak You the F*ck Out (2019)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis bloody and completely true trivia collection will horrify and intrigue readers, with answers to questions like “What was John Wayne Gacy’s last meal?”, “Which serial killer was captured because of a bloody footprint left on his victim?”, “Who was the FBI agent credited with coining the term ‘serial killer’?” and “How was one mass murderer able to get away with selling his victim’s skeletons to medical students?”Perfect for any murderino, true crime junkie or connoisseur of macabre tales, this fact-packed book quizzes readers on their true crime knowledge and offers fascinating…
Author(s): Michelle Kaminsky

6. The Killer Book of Serial Killers: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Serial Killers (The Killer Books) (2009)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfTerrifying tales of the ultimate evil among us!The Killer Book of Serial Killers is the complete resource for any true crime fan or student of the lurid, fascinating world of serial killers. Inside you’ll find the stories of the world’s thirty-five most notorious murderers, including an in-depth look at their crimes and the lives that turned them into monsters. This is the perfect gift for any true crime buff.Sprinkled throughout the book are quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about serial killers to test your knowledge and make you shudder in…
Author(s): Tom Philbin, Michael Philbin

7. My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel (2019)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfKorede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not…
Author(s): Oyinkan Braithwaite

8. Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History (2017)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfInspired by author Tori Telfer’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood…
Author(s): Tori Telfer

9. Serial Killer Calendar: This Day In Killer History (2017)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis perfect bound Serial Killer Calendar book includes detailed facts and trivia about serial killers for every day of the year. It also includes the best true crime artwork from around the world. Want to know who what happened today in serial killer history? Its all in this one massive collection of true crime information. This is the perfect gift for any fan of history, murderabelia or the macabre….
Author(s): James Gilks

10. American Female SERIAL KILLERS: Coloring Book for Adults. Over 60 killers to color (True Crime Gifts) (2019)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis unique adult coloring book is a virtual encyclopedia of the who’s who in American female serial killers and may be the perfect gift for a budding artist with a penchant for the macabre.Included in this coloring book are original, single-sided illustrations for you to color, as well as information about While enjoying coloring the vibrant illustrations in this book, you will learn about some of America’s most infamous female murderers including Judy Buenoano (aka Judias Goodyear and Judias Morris). Meet Velma Barfield (the first woman to be executed by lethal injection), and Martha Jule Beck (one half of “The Lonely Hearts…
Author(s): Brian Berry

11. The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (Facts on File Crime Library) (2006)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfA comprehensive reference to serial killings offers case studies of notorious murderers and articles discussing the psychology of serial murder, law enforcement techniques used to catch serial killers, and famous unsolved cases….
Author(s): Michael Newton

12. The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer (2004)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfOfficials investigating a series of unsolved murders in King County, Washington, consider the opinions offered by convicted serial killer Ted Bundy….
Author(s): Robert Keppel

13. Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007)

 Best Serial Killer Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfHow many of us are even remotely prepared to imagine our mothers, daughters, sisters or grandmothers as fiendish killers? For centuries we have been conditioned to think of serial murderers and psychopathic predators as men—with women registering low on our paranoia radar. Perhaps that’s why so many trusting husbands, lovers, family friends, and children have fallen prey to “the female monster.”    From history’s earliest recorded cases of homicidal females to Irma Grese, the Nazi Beast of Belsen, from Britain’s notorious child-slayer…
Author(s): Peter Vronsky

Best Serial Killer Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some serial killer books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter

Author(s): John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
ID: 2371003, Publisher: Dey Street Books, Year: 7 May 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

The world encyclopedia of serial killers: volume four t-z

Author(s): Susan Hall
ID: 2874316, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000

Author(s): Peter Vronsky
ID: 2909205, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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