I've had many visitors ask for more information on serial murder and the psychology of criminals, and there are many, many books and videos to choose from, some better than others. Here is an abbreviated list of the books I found most helpful and well written, and that pertain to the cases on this site.



Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives - John Douglas, Ann Burgess, & Robert Ressler


On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society - Lt. Col Dave Grossman


Whoever Fights Monsters - Robert Ressler & Tom Shachtman

I Have Lived in the Monster - Robert Ressler & Tom Shachtman


Mind Hunter - John Douglas & Mark Olshaker

Obsession - John Douglas & Mark Olshaker

Journey Into Darkness - John Douglas & Mark Olshaker

Anatomy of Motive - John Douglas & Mark Olshaker


The Evil That Men Do - Roy Hazelwood & Stephen G. Michaud

Dark Dreams - Roy Hazelwood & Stephen G. Michaud


Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer - Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth

The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy - Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth


Comrade Chikatilo: The Psychopathology of Russia's Notorious Serial Killer - Mikhail Krivich & Ol'gert Ol'gin


The Search for the Green River Killer - Carlton Smith & Tomas Guillen


Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters - Peter Vronsky


Forensic Science Handbook, Vol. I and II - Richard Saferstein


The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill - David M. Buss


Signature Killers - Robert D. Keppel, Ph.D & William J. Birnes

Riverman - Robert D. Keppel, Ph.D & William J. Birnes


Dead Men Do Tell Tales - Michael Browning & William R. Maples, Ph.D

Crime Scene - Larry Ragle

Guilty by Reason of Insanity - Dorothy Otnow Lewis, M.D.

Murder Most Rare - Michael D. Kelleher & C.L. Kelleher

Casebook of Forensic Detection - Colin Evans


Killer Clown: The John Wayne Gacy Murders - Terry Sullivan with Peter T. Maiken


Devil's Knot - Mara Leveritt


Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule

Green River, Running Red - Ann Rule


Night Stalker - Philip Carlo


Deviant - Harold Schecter

Deranged - Harold Schecter


Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Child of Satan, Child of God - Susan Atkins with Bob Slosser

Will You Die For Me? - Charles 'Tex' Watson with Chaplain Ray


Portraits of Guilt - Jeanne Boylan



Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robinhood Hills - Excellent documentary about the West Memphis 3. Video includes crime scene and trial footage, interviews with law enforcement involved in the case, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jason Baldwin, and the parents of Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Steven Branch.


Murder By Numbers: Inside the Serial Killer - CNN documentary about the psychology, motives, and methods of serial killers. Includes prison interviews with convicted killers.


Citizen X - HBO film starring Stephen Rea and Donald Sutherland, a reliable account of the life and crimes of Andrei Chikatilo.



Sources for The Criminal Mind, Genetics & Background Section:

Conklin, J. (1998) Criminology. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Egger, S. (1990) Serial Murder. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Ellis, L. & A. Walsh (2000) Criminology. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Fox, J. & J. Levin (1994) Overkill. NY: Plenum.
Fox, J. & J. Levin (1999) "Serial Murder: Myths and Realities", Pp. 79-96 in D.
Smith & M. Zahn (Eds.) Studying and Preventing Homicide. CA: Sage.
Hagan, F. (1996) Introduction to Criminology. Chicago: Nelson-Hall.
Hickey, E. (2002) Serial Murderers and Their Victims. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Reiss, A. & J. Roth (Eds.) (1993) Understanding and Preventing Violence. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press.
Siegel, L. (2000) Criminology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Vold, G., T. Bernard & J. Snipes (1997) Theoretical Criminology. NY: Oxford.