Serial Killers – Peter Vronsky


The comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide.

In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the “serial rampage killer” such as Andrew Cunanan.

Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer, but also provides concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one-from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River Killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky’s one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon.

More About the Author

Peter Vronsky is an author, filmmaker and investigative historian. He is the author of two definitive bestselling books on the history and psychopathology of serial homicide, Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004) and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007). He began writing about serial killers after he randomly encountered briefly two different serial killers before they were apprehended, one in New York City in December 1979 and the other in Moscow in October 1990 without knowing at the time they were serial killers.

Vronsky is also a historian of espionage, insurgency and military history. His most recent book is Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada (Penguin Books: 2011) an investigative account of the hidden history of Canada’s first modern battle and the Irish Fenian insurgency.

Peter Vronsky recently contributed the chapter “Serial Killer Zombie Apocalypse and the Dawn of the Less Dead” to the annual True Crime Serial Killer Anthology 2014 (Vol 1) from RJ Parker Publishing. The chapter is a sneak-preview from his forthcoming book, Serial Killer Chronicles: An Early History of Monsters for Berkley Books at Penguin Random House, scheduled to be published in 2016-17. (

Peter Vronsky holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in the fields of the history of espionage in international relations and criminal justice history. He currently lectures in history of the Third Reich, the American Civil War, history of terrorism, espionage and international relations in the 20th century at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Vronsky has been shooting and producing investigative documentaries and network television news specials, music videos and documentaries since 1975. He has worked extensively in Europe, the former Soviet Union, South Africa and in Canada and USA. He is the creator of a body of formal video art works exhibited internationally and a cited historian of the phenomenon of serial murder, of Lee Harvey Oswald’s journey to the USSR in 1959-1962, the Siege of Montsegur during the Albigensian Crusade in 1244, the disappearance of Ambrose Small in Toronto in 1919 and is an authority on the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866.