Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

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, ghou From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial ...

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Title:Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
Author:Peter Vronsky
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present Reviews

  • Natalie
    Sep 28, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

  • Jim
    Dec 03, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

  • Scarlett Sims
    Mar 06, 2019

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

  • Elise
    Dec 28, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

  • Heather
    May 31, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...

    This is one of the most detailed true crime books I've ever read. Sons of Cain goes much further into the world/minds of serial killers than many books on the shelves today. This book reaches all the way back, literally, to the stone ages. The book's deep details, compelling theories a...

    + Comprehensive: Despite the title of this book, I wasn't expecting a super deep dive. I was expecting a nice examination of give or take a few notable serial killers, and their hows/whys/whens using a big history approach. I know how some books can oversell themselves, especially when...

    Sons of Cain is an interesting variation on the normal serial killer genre. It looks at historical examples of serial killers, not just the usual cast of Bundy et al. Really interesting cases and I liked the writing style. I wasn't convinced by the author's theories on why we had so...

    Great book about the history of serial killers in the world today. Studies from other countries in the Middle Ages, up through the current killers commonly known today. Gives great examples of how to define, profile, and study these disturbed individuals. Great book especially if you l...

    Dry in some spots but overall an interesting read. I felt like I learned about serial killers and how they come to be just by examining their history. I might have to pick up some of his other books in the future. ...

    Sons of Cain gives the reader a comprehensive look at the history of serial killers - the crimes, criminals, and methods used to track them down. Vronsky's complete record of serial killers - including ancient and prehistoric killers - and his ideas make this a very thought provoking ...

  • Kristin
    Sep 11, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

  • K.
    Mar 17, 2019

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Jul 14, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

  • April Forker
    Aug 28, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

  • Eric Andrews-Katz
    Jan 04, 2019

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...

    This is one of the most detailed true crime books I've ever read. Sons of Cain goes much further into the world/minds of serial killers than many books on the shelves today. This book reaches all the way back, literally, to the stone ages. The book's deep details, compelling theories a...

    + Comprehensive: Despite the title of this book, I wasn't expecting a super deep dive. I was expecting a nice examination of give or take a few notable serial killers, and their hows/whys/whens using a big history approach. I know how some books can oversell themselves, especially when...

    Sons of Cain is an interesting variation on the normal serial killer genre. It looks at historical examples of serial killers, not just the usual cast of Bundy et al. Really interesting cases and I liked the writing style. I wasn't convinced by the author's theories on why we had so...

    Great book about the history of serial killers in the world today. Studies from other countries in the Middle Ages, up through the current killers commonly known today. Gives great examples of how to define, profile, and study these disturbed individuals. Great book especially if you l...

  • Neelam Babul
    Sep 14, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    Aug 13, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Aug 14, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

  • Jacob
    Apr 10, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

  • Scott S.
    Oct 05, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

  • Tiffany PSquared
    Aug 04, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

  • Laura
    Aug 22, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

  • stephanie
    Mar 30, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

  • Paul
    Aug 27, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

  • Janiera A
    Jan 06, 2019

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...

    This is one of the most detailed true crime books I've ever read. Sons of Cain goes much further into the world/minds of serial killers than many books on the shelves today. This book reaches all the way back, literally, to the stone ages. The book's deep details, compelling theories a...

  • Jodi
    Apr 10, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

  • Ley
    Dec 06, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...

    This is one of the most detailed true crime books I've ever read. Sons of Cain goes much further into the world/minds of serial killers than many books on the shelves today. This book reaches all the way back, literally, to the stone ages. The book's deep details, compelling theories a...

    + Comprehensive: Despite the title of this book, I wasn't expecting a super deep dive. I was expecting a nice examination of give or take a few notable serial killers, and their hows/whys/whens using a big history approach. I know how some books can oversell themselves, especially when...

    Sons of Cain is an interesting variation on the normal serial killer genre. It looks at historical examples of serial killers, not just the usual cast of Bundy et al. Really interesting cases and I liked the writing style. I wasn't convinced by the author's theories on why we had so...

    Great book about the history of serial killers in the world today. Studies from other countries in the Middle Ages, up through the current killers commonly known today. Gives great examples of how to define, profile, and study these disturbed individuals. Great book especially if you l...

    Dry in some spots but overall an interesting read. I felt like I learned about serial killers and how they come to be just by examining their history. I might have to pick up some of his other books in the future. ...

  • Michele
    Aug 23, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

  • Vangluss
    Oct 13, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...

    This is one of the most detailed true crime books I've ever read. Sons of Cain goes much further into the world/minds of serial killers than many books on the shelves today. This book reaches all the way back, literally, to the stone ages. The book's deep details, compelling theories a...

    + Comprehensive: Despite the title of this book, I wasn't expecting a super deep dive. I was expecting a nice examination of give or take a few notable serial killers, and their hows/whys/whens using a big history approach. I know how some books can oversell themselves, especially when...

  • Anna Kaling
    Apr 20, 2019

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...

    This is one of the most detailed true crime books I've ever read. Sons of Cain goes much further into the world/minds of serial killers than many books on the shelves today. This book reaches all the way back, literally, to the stone ages. The book's deep details, compelling theories a...

    + Comprehensive: Despite the title of this book, I wasn't expecting a super deep dive. I was expecting a nice examination of give or take a few notable serial killers, and their hows/whys/whens using a big history approach. I know how some books can oversell themselves, especially when...

    Sons of Cain is an interesting variation on the normal serial killer genre. It looks at historical examples of serial killers, not just the usual cast of Bundy et al. Really interesting cases and I liked the writing style. I wasn't convinced by the author's theories on why we had so...

  • Megan
    Aug 04, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

  • HFK
    Aug 24, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

  • Jessica
    Aug 23, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

  • Emily
    Oct 22, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

  • Ric Evans
    Sep 03, 2018

    I read this through the night, and have mixed feelings. The info here is well researched, but the structure of the book is not in its best possible mode. The theory here is also a bit confusing in a sense that it seems to differ, get lost, and come back again either weaker or stronger ...

    This is a comprehensive history of serial killers by author Peter Vronsky which discusses killers going way back, and talks about the coining of the term ?serial killer? and its use. Lots of research went into the book and it?s very well written. Unfortunately, I had trouble with...

    In this statistic-heavy book, Peter Vronsky researches the presence of serial killers throughout all of human history - from the Stone Age to present day and even the possibility of their proliferation in the not-so-distant future. Sons of Cain explores our natural survival instinct...

    In Sons of Cain, author Vronsky (a historian who has authored other true crime books) presents a well-researched and very detailed if occasionally dry exploration of the serial killer phenomenon. Split into three sections, the early chapters outline the psychology and the science a...

    This is an interesting book, albeit a book that has some issues. The title indicates that we have a history of serial killers, which we do, sort of, if one doesn't mind forays into fields that seem hardly to be related. Mr Vronsky suggests that serial killers are not so much made as bo...

    Trigger warnings: pretty much anything you can think of. Especially rape and murder, obviously. This book was...not quite what I expected it to be. For starters, in my head it was a huge tome of a thing, but in reality it's just over 300 pages. I also didn't expect it to assume as ...

    I hardly even know how to fully express my frustrations with this book. One problem with it structurally was that it couldn't decide if it was a sort of "unified theory of serial killers" or a catalog of them through history, which meant it veered back and forth between a broad scope l...

    This book contained so much information! I was not expecting it to be so complex. The book is broken into 3 different sections; On the Origin of Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers, Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters and The New Age of Monsters: The R...

    Sons of Cain is the story of real serial killers from the stone age to now. The book is divided into three parts. Part I contains definitions, Earth?s history and man?s place in it, and psychological diseases that may be causing serial killers to be more frequent now. Part II an...

    Alright, so you're talking to someone that loves history (the more facts, the better!) and it's a bonus that this is about serial killers. I loved that it also included serial killers that I hadn't heard of before and that we went so far back into history to study them. I'll warn you n...

    I first read about serial killers in an article I came across and later on studied them in depth as part of my studies for my bachelor's degree in law. This book is a comprehensive guide on the origin of serial killers, their history from the stone age to the current times as well as...

    Like most people who would find themselves interested in this book, I have an odd obsession with serial killers. I'm still upset over the closing of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment where their serial killer exhibit had some very fascinating artifacts like Bundy's car and ...

    This book was very interesting. I liked that it examined the mind of a serial killer by examining the patterns of many and not just focusing on one. The author did get a bit long winded at times and bogged down in statistics but overall it was remarkably interesting. ...

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky, continues his studies in serial killers, marking his third work on this subject. This particularly book focuses on "sexua...

    I received an ARC of this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway - it wasn't my usual genre of reading material, but, sounded intriguing from the description. While there were a few shudder inducing details, for the most part, it was a very well researched and written analysis of serial kill...

    i got a copy of this from berkley pub and goodreads on a giveaway, which is awesome awesome awesome! many thanks to all of the kind humans who make things like this possible. this is a surprisingly entertaining read for how history/sciency/technical it gets in some places. and while th...

    We really think of serial killers as being a more or less modern phenomenon, peaking in the 1970s and 80s, but here Vronsky goes back in time, showing us how although there wasn't a word for it and often not even a rational explanation for it, serial killers have existed and been docum...

    This is a brilliant and readable historical/anthropological investigation into what creates serial killers. The author starts by saying that early homo sapiens were examples of serial killers, because killing was the primary way they defeated their enemies, and taking souvenirs of the ...

    One of the better serial killer histories I?ve read, with details I?d never heard, references to books and media I now want to check out, and interesting new theories. I don?t necessarily agree with all of Vronsky?s ideas, but nothing here is the same old regurgitated stuff rip...

    Rating: 3.5 stars I received a free e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is an academic book, so it's a bit drier than your usual true crime book. While the entire book was really interesting, it really soars when the author hones in on one serial killer or reflects on his perso...

    Once you get past the dryly didactic opening section, this becomes a very readable sociological study of serial killers. Where most English language books focus on exclusively British and American killers, many of the case histories Vronsky includes come from France, Spain, and Italy, ...

    received Sons of Cain from NetGalley for an honest review - thank you for sending me this! I love anything involving true crime - books, movies, shows, podcasts, etc. so I was excited to win this book! This book had a TON of information in it. This would be a great book for anyone want...

    Book explores our natural survival instinct and its contribution to the killer instinct of those who have confessed to multiple murders. The section on serial murder in historic times is perhaps the most interesting and gruesome part of this book. I think I was in shock over the birthd...

    Vronsky goes back to the beginning and shows us how murder has always been a staple of human existence, from the Stone Age to present day. This is a chilling journey, all the more terrifying because it is real. From Neanderthal man and his fight for survival against his rival Homo Sapi...