By Carol Anne Davis
What drives appealing male cousins to rape and kill ten younger women? Why do an altar lady and her boyfriend entice blameless sufferers into their customised torture van? who kill include merely twenty in line with cent of killers, yet they generally homicide serially and are answerable for rather inhumane deaths.
Sadistic associates, psychotic sisters and an more and more pathological mother-son crew are among these profiled during this exploration of the world's such a lot deviant duos. There are notorious British situations, comparable to the Moors Murderers and the Wests, in addition to many both nerve-racking yet much less recognized ones. within the 3rd of this sequence, which makes a speciality of the psychology of murderers, Carol Anne Davis explores the formative affects of those killers and their lethal dynamics. Comprising of 13 in-depth case reports and unique interviews with specialists and one of many Wests' surviving sufferers, Couples Who Kill presents an unmatched learn of this disturbing...
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She rationalised that Franklin was old, that she could personally put all his money to better use. She warned him that they’d all end up homeless if her parents disowned her – did he really want the entire family to end up living on the streets? Frances added that if Marc didn’t kill Franklin she would lock him out of her life forever, just as she’d so often locked him out of her home. But he could be her special friend again if he would only buy a gun, travel to Salt Lake City, and kill the old man… Marc, who was now living in at college, kept saying no, but his mother phoned him several times a day and would rant at him for hours.
At seventeen he joined the Navy. He was stationed in Vietnam, though he never saw combat. But his deviant sexual desires continued to build and in November 1969 he dragged a young woman from her car and attempted to rape her. He was arrested and given bail. Whilst on bail he forced his way into another woman’s flat but the police arrived before he could sexually assault her. As a result of these attacks, the Navy discharged him on mental health grounds. Roy Norris’s violence escalated and he attacked a female stranger in the street and battered her with a brick.
His increasingly lonely childhood included abuse and he turned to marijuana and beer to blot out the terrible memories. By his teens he was fantasising constantly about violent sex and saw women as objects to satisfy his lust. At seventeen he joined the Navy. He was stationed in Vietnam, though he never saw combat. But his deviant sexual desires continued to build and in November 1969 he dragged a young woman from her car and attempted to rape her. He was arrested and given bail. Whilst on bail he forced his way into another woman’s flat but the police arrived before he could sexually assault her.