The Human Predator

The Human Predator

A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425213780
  • 336 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


From ancient Rome through the Dark Ages to the burgeoning West to the open highways of urban America, from the unconscionable exploits of French religious zealot Gilles de Rais to such all-American monsters as Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wournos, Katherine Ramsland makes an eye-opening case for the existence of serial killers throughout time, and offers a complete chronological record of the serial-killer phenomenon-as well as the parallel development of psychology, forensic science, and FBI profiling in the serial killer’s evolving manifestation throughout human history.


“ABSORBING . . . STARTLING . . . FRIGHTENING . . . The first book-length chronicle of the serial killer from Ancient Rome to the present day. For anyone interested in either forensic science . . . or serial murder, [The Human Predator] is a must-have.” —truTV Crime Library

“COMPELLING . . . A very different perspective on the phenomenon of serial killers . . . Some readers may find themselves squirming as the darkest side of human nature is revealed.”—Monsters and Critics

“EXCEEDINGLY WELL-RESEARCHED . . . Draws [readers] in to the lurid details of the crime . . . Highly recommended.”—
PRH Book Clubs Survey