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Killers do not know how to love..only control.

Forensic psychologist Ian Stephen has spent his career working with serial killers and Britain's most dangerous offenders. Here, he examines the impetus for their terrible murders and why "family annihilators" are on the rise in society.

It is the bitterest of ironies that we are seeing an alarming increase in this type of crime because there are more support systems available now to help women break away from abusive relationships.

In generations past, you made your bed and you lay on it.

Now more women will, quite rightly, leave.

That is often the trigger. To an insecure individual, the loss of status, the threat to self-esteem, the loss of control, combine in a constellation of symptoms with often catastrophic results.

But can we recognise them, identify these monsters in our midst? In most cases they are very socially adept. They are charming, popular and only show the world the face they want it to see.

They are the nice guys... and they live next door.


Beyond All Evil by June Thomson, Giselle Ross, Marion Scott and Jim McBeth is published by HarperTrue on Thursday, costing pounds 6.99. To order copies for pounds 5.24 with free p&p, call 0870 7871724 quoting reference 866D.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 6, 2011
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