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TitleSons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
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Table of Contents
                            Also by Peter Vronsky
Title Page
Copyright
Dedication
Contents
I On the Origin of the Species: The Evolution of Serial Killers
	ONE. Serial Killers: A Brief Introduction to the Species
	TWO. Genesis: The Stone Age Reptilian Zombie Serial-Killer Triune Brain
	THREE. Psychopathia Sexualis: The Psychology of the Lust Serial Killer in Civilized Society
II Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early Forensic History of Monsters
	FOUR. The Dawn of the Less-Dead: Serial Killers and Modernity
	FIVE. Lupina Insania: Criminalizing Werewolves and Little Red Riding Hood as Victim, 1450–1650
	SIX. Malleus Maleficarum: The Great Witch Hunt as a Serial-Killing-Woman Hunt
	SEVEN. The Rippers Before Jack: The Rise of Modern Serial Killers in Europe, 1800–1887
	EIGHT. Back in the USA: The Rise of the Modern American Serial Killer
	NINE. Slouching Toward Whitechapel: Sex Crimes in Britain Before Jack the Ripper
III The New Age of Monsters: The Rise of the Modern Serial Killer
	TEN. Raptor: Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders, 1888
	ELEVEN. The French Ripper: The Forensics of Serial Murder in the Belle Epoch, 1897
	TWELVE. Red Tide Rising: Serial Killers in the First Half of the Twentieth Century, 1900–1950
	THIRTEEN. American Gothic: The “Golden Age” of Serial Killers, 1950–2000
	FOURTEEN. Diabolus in Cultura: Serial- Killing Rape Culture “Sweats,” the “Greatest Generation,” and Their Sons of Cain
	CONCLUSION. Pogo Syndrome: Thinking Herds of Crazies in the Twilight of the Golden Age of Serial Killers
	AFTERWORD. “Serial Killers Need Hugs Too”
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Index
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ALSO BY PETER VRONSKY

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sensuality combined with cruelty—the probable elements at work in the
yet undetected assassin of Eliza Grimwood—may tend to the production
of a state of mind bordering upon dementia we freely grant; but the mind
may be diseased, and monomaniacally influenced, without a man’s being
absolutely distraught. Frenzied indulgence in the most hideous passion
may be perfectly compatible with a capacity to distinguish between right
and wrong.

That the wretch is a murderer is shown by the evidence; but that he is
a madman we decline to admit. He is a monster. He satisfied first his
carnal and then his bloodthirsty lust. He is of the same mental caliber as
[Renwick Williams] who late in the last century, prowled about the
streets of London, attacking only well-dressed young ladies, and piercing
them on one particular part of the back—as bad as the ruffian known by
the name of the “Hackney monster,” who infested the suburban fields
about fifty years since, assaulting only schoolgirls and young children—
as the French vampire, the monstrous soldier, who, in 1848, used to lurk
about the cemeteries of Montmartre and Pere La Chaise, satisfying his
ghoul-like appetite on corpses—as Sawney Bean, in fine, who could not
eat all the victims he had murdered, and so salted their mangled limbs
down for winter consumption. Baker was not mad. He was simply a
monster.15

From this commentary, it is clear that by then the press had already put the
murder of Fanny Adams within the context of previous pathological murders and
assaults, some of them sexual serial offenses, like those of the London Monster
and the Vampire of Montparnasse. The pathological nature of these crimes did
not elude the press.

As for the eight-year-old victim, the term “Fanny Adams” became British
naval slang for tinned mutton rations, which disgruntled sailors joked were the
butchered remains of the girl.16 The term evolved over the century to “sweet
Fanny A.,” to “sweet F.A.,” to “F.A.,” which eventually became a
Commonwealth military euphemism for “fuck all.”17

At twenty-nine Frederick Baker was in that average age range when serial
killers begin their killing. The only difference between him and a typical serial
killer was that he did not get an opportunity to kill more than once. Had he
perpetrated his first murder in densely populated London, with its anonymous
crowds, instead of a small town where he was immediately recognized, he very

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* The last woman known to have been put to death as a witch in Europe was Anna Goeldi, a servant in
Switzerland in 1782 accused of communing with the Devil in poisoning the daughter of her employer. In
2008, a Swiss Protestant Church council reviewed her case and absolved her of witchcraft (226 years too
late).

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