Foreword (John M. Doris
Acknowledgments (S. Waller).
Introduction: Meditations on Murder, or What is so Philosophical about Serial Killers? (S. Waller and William E. Deal).
PART I I THINK THEREFORE I KILL: The Philosophical Musings of Serial Killers.
1 Man is the Most Dangerous Animal of All: A Philosophical Gaze into the Writings of the Zodiac Killer (Andrew M. Winters).
2 A Philosophy of Serial Killing: Sade, Nietzsche, and Brady at the Gates of Janus (David Schmid).
3 The Situation of the Jury: Attribution Bias in the Trials of Accused Serial Killers (Mark Alfano).
PART II CAN YOU BLAME THEM? ETHICS, EVIL, AND SERIAL KILLING.
4 Serial Killers as Practical Moral Skeptics: A Historical Survey with Interviews (Amanda Howard).
5 Are Psychopathic Serial Killers Evil? Are They Blameworthy for What They Do? (Manuel Vargas).
6 Sympathy for the Devil: Can a Serial Killer Ever Be Good? (Matthew Brophy).
PART III DANGEROUS INFATUATIONS: The Public Fascination with Serial Killers.
7 The Allure of the Serial Killer (Eric Dietrich and Tara Fox Hall).
8 Dexter's Dark World: The Serial Killer as Superhero (Susan Amper).
PART IV A EULOGY FOR EMOTION: The Lack of Empathy and the Urge to Kill.
9 Killing with Kindness: Nature, Nurture, and the Female Serial Killer (Elizabeth Schechter and Harold Schechter).
10 It Puts the Lotion in the Basket: The Language of Psychopathy (Chris Keegan).
11 Are Serial Killers Cold-Blooded Killers? (Andrew Terjesen).
PART V CREEPY COGNITION: Talking and Thinking about Serial Killers.
12 The Serial Killer was (Cognitively) Framed (William E. Deal).
13 Wolves and Widows: Naming, Metaphor, and the Language of Serial Murder (Wendy M. Zirngibl).
14 An Arresting Conversation: Police Philosophize about the Armed and Dangerous (S. Waller (with Diane Amarillas and Karen Kos))..
PART VI PSYCHO-OLOGY: Killer Mindsets and Meditations on Murder.
15 Psychopathy and Will to Power: Ted Bundy and Dennis Rader (Richard M. Gray).
16 The Thread of Death, or the Compulsion to Kill (J. S. Piven).
A Solemn Afterword: A Message from the Victim's Network (Mary Miller).
A Timeline of Serial Killers (Amanda Howard).
Notes on Contributors.