One Book, One Wallingford - Serial Murder: Up Close and PersonalTuesday April 6, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Based on his personal experiences and research, Dr. Jack Levin explores several myths and realities concerning characteristics of serial killers, as well as their popular appeal in mass media. Among the misconceptions he will address and correct: 1. That the allure of serial murder is explained mainly by morbid curiosity, 2. That serial killers are motivated solely by perverted sexual desire, 3. That behavioral profiling is a panacea in the repertoire of crime fighting, 4. That most serial killers are apprehended because of the effective tactics and strategies of law enforcement, and 5. That we are experiencing an epidemic of serial murder.
Dr. Jack Levin, Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of Northeastern University's Center on Violence and Conflict, specializes in research on murder, prejudice, and hate. He has authored more than 30 books; published more than 250 articles in professional journals, books, and newspapers; and appeared frequently on national television programs.
Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.
We are happy to announce that we will finally be wrapping up our 3rd Annual One Book, One Wallingford celebration that began all the way back in February 2020! That book is of course Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep.
About Furious Hours
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members, but with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative assassinated him at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the reverend himself. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who spent a year in town reporting on the Maxwell case and many more trying to finish the book she called The Reverend.
Cep brings this remarkable story to life, from the horrifying murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South, while offering a deeply moving portrait of one of our most revered writers.
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