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

by Peter Vronsky

Coming in August 2018 From Penguin Random House - Berkley-NAL Books

Formerly entitled "Serial Killer Chronicles"

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present explores the evolution of serial murder in Western civilization from prehistoric archeological-anthropological evidence, ancient and medieval court records and accounts through to the rise of forensic sciences and criminology in the 19th Century on the eve of the 1888 Jack The Ripper - Whitechapel murders and into the 20th century in the 1950s when the seeds for the so-called 1970-1980 "serial killer epidemic" were laid.  Vronsky argues that our concept of supernatural vampires and werewolves closely follows the FBI's categorization of serial killers as either "organized" or "disorganized" and presents evidence that killings in the past attributed to supernatural monsters and lycanthropes were perpetrated by very human lust serial killers and necrophiles.  Serial Killer Chronicles documents several "serial killer" epidemics in past history, before the term "serial killer" entered common usage in 1981, and argues that 19th century forensic psychiatrist-alienists and criminologists substantially understood the psychopathology of serial killers before Jack the Ripper and had already performed rudimentary attempts at profiling these "monsters" long before the term "serial killer" came into use.  Serial Killer Chronicles argues that the roots of the notorious so-called "golden age" serial killers of the "epidemic" in the 1970s-1980s like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, Ottis Toole, Edmund Kemper, Gary Ridgway were shaped as children by post-World War II and Cold War era societal and cultural trauma, fear and loathing.


PREFACE The Early History of Serial Monster Werewolves, Vampires and Necrophile Ghouls

     PART 1 The Theory and Practice of Serial Killing From Then Until Now

CHAPTER 1 - Serial Killer Zombie Apocalypse and the Dawn of the Less-Dead: A Brief Introductory State of the Union Primer on Sexual Serial Murder Today

  • The “serial killer epidemic” by the numbers and the missing missing

  • Serial Killer: coining the Word

  • Washington D.C. and the ‘serial killer epidemic’ 1981-83: “big official numbers best of all.”

  • Serial killers today

  • Close encounters of the third kind with serial killers and six degrees of separation

  • Serial killers: are they something recent and ‘modern’?

  • The dawn of the Less-Dead

  • Killing for Culture

  • Redefining The Word: three or two victims?

CHAPTER 2 - The Biogenics of the Serial Killer Zombie Brain: Why humans attack, kill, rape and cannibalize

  • Civilization and necrophobia

  • Richard Krafft-Ebing: Psychopathia Sexualis from perversions to paraphilias

  • Raising Cain: making children into serial killers

  • “Vandalized lovemaps”: from child to paraphilic sex serial killer

  • The new Word for it: “serial erotophonophilia"

  • From fantasy to reality: the serial killing addiction

  • A brief summary of serial killer profiling typology

  • Serial killers: a new early history of monsters

     PART 2 Serial Killer Chronicles: The Early History of Monsters

CHAPTER 3 - The Ancients: The Great Woman Hunt and the Criminalization of Serial Werewolves

  • The premodern aristocrat serial killers: necrophilia, blood lust and power

  • The paragons of aristocrat sexual serial killers: “Blue Beard” and the “Blood Countess"

  • Werewolves: monsters, clinical lycanthropes or ordinary human serial killers?

  • The Ancients on werewolves

  • Malleus Maleficarum, the Great Witch Hunt and the Serial Killer Werewolf Epidemic 1450-1650witch torture

    • Peter Stubbe, Germany, 1590

  • The serial killer werewolf trials: “I have killed dogs and drunk their blood; but little girls taste better, their flesh is tender and sweet, their blood rich and warm.”

    • Pierre Bourgot and Michel Vedung—France, 1521

    • Gille Garnier—France, 1574

    • “Werewolf or Demon Tailor of Chalon”—France, 1598

    • Jean Grenier—France, 1603

  • The psychopathology and profiling of serial killer lycanthropes: “just like men they know how to remove the dresses of the girls they want to eat without ripping them…”

  • Werewolves and the insanity plea: “the diabolical cunning in which Satan his master had instructed him, that is, to counterfeit madness”

  • The Jean Grenier appealVampire of Montparnasse

  • A Less-Dead Little Red Riding Hood and the end of the werewolf serial killer ‘epidemic’

  • The hidden serial killing epidemic: witch hunting or mass sadistic woman hunting?

CHAPTER 4 - Psychopathia Sexualis: Serial Necrophile Vampires and the Rise of Forensic Psychiatry

  • The Vampire of Montparnasse

  • Capturing the Vampire

  • Defending Bertrand and the monomania forensic psychiatric debate of 1849-50

  • Defining necrophilia

  • The supressed statement of necrophile Bertrand and his fate

  • The forensic politics of necrophilia in the French Second Republic 1848-1851


CHAPTER 5 - The Rippers before Jack: Andreas, Martin, Giorgio Manuel, Joseph, Eusebius, Vincenzo, Carlino, Juan, Jesse, Theo and Fredrick

  • The brave new world like no other before

    • Martin Dumollard “The French Wolf”: the ‘first’ modern serial killer

  • Female intuition and surviving serial killers

  • The Capture of “The French Wolf”

  • The investigation and trial of the Dumollards

  • The psychopathology of the Dumollard serial murders: simple robbery or sex crimes?

  • Hybristophilia: Marianne Dumollard as a serial killer’s accomplice

    • Andreas Bichel “The Bavarian Girl Slaughter”: constructing the modern serial killer

  • The transformation of Andrea Bichel from serial killing thief to serial killing ripper: “the strategy of serialization.”London Monster 1790

  • The Europeans: the plague of forgotten serial killers before Jack the Ripper

    • Giorgio Orsolano “The Hyena of St. Giorgio” or “Cannibal Sausage Maker”—Italy 1832

    • Manuel Blanco Romasanta “Werewolf of Allariz”—Spain 1852

    • Joseph Philippe “The Terror of Paris”—France 1866

    • Eusebius Pieydagnelle “Blood Butcher”—France 1870

    • Vincenzo Verzeni “The Vampire of Bergamo”—Italy 1871Piper

    • Carlino (Callisto) Grandi “The Child Killer”—Italy, 1875

    • Juan Díaz de Garayo “El Sacamantecas” (“The Fat Extractor”)—Spain 1879

  • Back in the U.S.A.: the American serial killers

    • Herman Webster Mudgett or H.H. Holmes—Chicago-Philadelphia, 1895

    • Jesse Pomeroy “The Boy Fiend”—Boston, 1874

    • Thomas W. Piper “The Bat” and “Boston Belfry Murderer”—Boston, 1875

    • Theodor ‘Theo’ Durrant “The Demon of the Belfry”—San Francisco, 1895

    • The Servant Girl Annihilator—Austin, Texas, 1885

  • Slouching towards Whitechapel: “Baker was not mad. He was simply a monster.”

    • The London Monster—1790, London

  • Monsters and Murders

    • Fredrick Baker—Alton, Britain, 1867

  • “The insane dialogue of love and death in the limitless presumption of appetite”

CHAPTER 6 - Raptor: Jack the Ripper and the 1888 Whitechapel Murders

  • The Canonical Five Jack the Ripper Murders

  • The ‘Sixth’ First Victim

  • Profiling Jack the Ripper then and now

  • Raptor or Stalker: geoprofiling Jack the Ripper today

  • Gestapo geoprofiling algorithms

  • The evolution of geoprofilingSacamantecas

  • The Math behind Geographical Profiling Distance Decay

  • Identifying Jack the Ripper today: Ockham’s razor

CHAPTER 7 - Monsters to Psychopaths: Serial Murder from the Belle Époque to Pearl Harbor 1890-1941

  • Joseph Vacher “The South-East Ripper and the Killer of Little Shepherds”—France, 1897

  • Émile Fourquet and linkage analysis

  • “The Jesuit”—Vacher’s background

  • Psychopath

  • The art and science of interviewing psychopath monsters

  • Diagnosing psychopaths—was Vacher insane?

  • The trial and execution of Joseph Vacheralbert fish

  • Serial Murder in the World 1900-1950

  • Serial killing in the USA 1900-1950

    • The 1911-1915 first serial killer surge

    • The 1916-1934 serial killer interlude

      • Earl Leonard Nelson, “Dark Stranger Gorilla Killer”—U.S. and Canada, 1927

      • Gordon Northcott—Wineville, California, 1928

    • The 1935-1941 second serial killer surge

      • Albert Fish “Werewolf of Wisteria or The Grey Man”—New York, 1935

  • Sexual homicide in the United States on the eve of Pearl Harbor 1941Northcott

    • Albert Dyer “Inglewood Babes Murders”—Los Angeles, 1937

  • Defining the postmodern serial sadist raffiné (genteel sadist)

CHAPTER 8 -  World War II and the Origins of ‘Golden Age’ Serial Killers 1941-1991

  • The ‘golden age’ serial killers as children

    • Otto Wilson “Walking Dead Murders”—Los Angeles, 1944

  • American G.I.s and World War II as the last ‘good war’

  • “Tsunami of lust”: American G.I.s and the rape of women in Europe during World War II

  • American G.I.s in the Pacific and necrophilic headhunting war totemspulp

  • The broken men’s world: the sadistic ‘sweats’, true detective, adventure pulp magazines

    • Harvey Glatman--"Glamor Girl Murders" - Los Angeles, 1957-1958









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