This is the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, originally published in February, 2001 by Facts on File as part of their Crime Library. It contains comprehensive information on hundreds of serial murderers and murder cses, from early history to the present. Debunking common myths and misconceptions, the enclyclopedia avoids glamorizing serial killers and provides accurate accounts of who they are, how they operate and how law enforcement hunts them and stops them from killing. -- Cases and topics covered include: Axe Man of New Orleans; Black Widows and Bluebeards; Jeffrey Dahmer the cannibal killer; Ed Gein the inspiration for Psycho and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Jack the Ripper; the motives of serial killers; John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Sniper Killers; Dennis Rader, the BTK killer; Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer; John Edward Robinson, Sr, the "Slavemaster"; Serial killers in film and fiction; ViCLAS, profiling and serial killer investigations; Aileen Wuornos. -- With more than 250 entries, including more than 60 new and updated, and more than 30 new photographs, this is an indispensible reference for students, researchers, and general readers interested in the macabre but fascinating world of serial killers.