Hearts of Darkness: Why Kids Are Becoming Mass Murderers and How We Can Stop It
Hearts of Darkness
Author(s) John A. Liebert
William J. Birnes
Published 2014
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
Country United States
Pages 288
ISBN 9781629141848

Hearts of Darkness: Why Kids Are Becoming Mass Murderers and How We Can Stop It is a book by John A. Liebert and William J. Birnes, published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City, NY, in 2014.


From Sandy Hook, Connecticut, to Aurora, Colorado, to Tucson, Arizona, this nation has been racked from coast to coast with mass shootings perpetrated by criminals with sick minds. Authors Dr. Liebert and Dr. Birnes believe the increase in violence is an epidemic and dig deep into the causes of mental illness to determine what exactly is going on with these individuals and society as a whole, and what action can be taken to slow this frightening trend toward mass violence.

Dr. Liebert and Dr. Birnes believe that many mass suicides are predictable and preventable. Dr. Liebert uses his extensive experience in psychopathology and criminal psychology to describe how clinicians can identify the behaviors of potential suicidal mass killers and possibly prevent their crimes if they read the warning signs when legal opportunities present themselves, such as when recurrent domestic violence or psychotic communications are reported to authorities. The authors also discuss the influence of media—particularly violent video games—and how the evolution of American culture affects suicidal mental illness. With startling statistics, fascinating case studies, and practical, no-nonsense solutions, the authors present a groundbreaking and compelling treatise on violence in America.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Chapter 1: The Mass Murder/Suicide Epidemic: A Growing Menace
Chapter 2: Genes and Mental Illness
Chapter 3: Sandy Hook: Identifying Dangerous Aspects of Strange Behaviour
Chapter 4: James Holmes: The Dark Knight Rises
Chapter 5: The Tcson Shootings: Who Was Jared Loughner?
Chapter 6: Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway
Chapter 7: Eddi Routh: The Double Murder at a Gun Range
Chapter 8: Psychiatric, Sociopsychological, and Genetic Backgrounds of Violence and Aggression
Chapter 9: Toward a New Biology: Violent Stimuli against the Background of Human Psychological Development
Chapter 10: Best-Practice Approaches
Chapter 11: Practical Guidelines for Identifying Signs of Potential Violence
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