The line that separates those who kill from those who only think about it, and from those who injure themselves, is often thinner than we imagine. Convicted murderers serving life-sentences in England are among the subjects of this in-depth psychological study of what makes people kill.

part |59 pages

Part I

chapter 1|10 pages

Aggression and Death

chapter 2|10 pages

The Death Constellation (I)

chapter 3|15 pages

The Indigestible Idea of Death

chapter 4|13 pages

The Death Constellation (II)

part |90 pages

Part II

chapter 6|17 pages

The Nature of Aggression

chapter 7|11 pages

Violence and Psychic Indigestion

chapter 8|14 pages

Escalating Violence

chapter 9|14 pages

Cruelty and Cruel Behavior

chapter 11|14 pages

Latent Murderousness

part |54 pages

Part III

chapter 12|8 pages

Assessment and Risk

chapter 13|8 pages

Engagement and Treatment

chapter 15|8 pages


chapter 16|14 pages

The Micro-Environment

part |73 pages

Part IV

chapter 17|13 pages

The Individual and Organized Crime

chapter 18|12 pages

Victims and Victimology (I)

chapter 19|6 pages

Victims and Victimology (II)

chapter 20|14 pages

Drugs: Dependence on an Unreliable Container

chapter 22|13 pages

Criminality and the Claustrum

part |59 pages

Part V

chapter 23|14 pages

Antidevelopmental Processes in Adolescents

chapter 24|10 pages

Antidevelopmental Sexuality in Adolescents

chapter 25|13 pages


chapter 26|10 pages

Life-Threatening Illness

chapter 27|9 pages

Restoring the Balance