Serial Killers and Mass Murderers Focus of Halloween Presentations

OGDEN, Utah – Halloween may be the time of year for ghosts and ghouls, but criminologist James Fox deals with modern-day monsters all year long. Fox studies serial killers.

 Fox, who is the dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, will share insights from his research on the relationship between serial crimes and college campuses. He will speak at WSU’s convocations program at 10 a.m. October 31 in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

 Fox has collaborated with Northeastern sociology professor Jack Levin on research studying the phenomena of multiple-murder killers. They have examined the mind and backgrounds of such notorious serial killers as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Fox and Levin are the authors of Overkill: Mass Murder & Serial Killing Exposed.

 In recent weeks Fox has appeared on national news programs such as ABC’s 20/20 and been quoted in newspapers such as USA Today, offering his perspective on the sniper case in Washington, D.C.

 Keeping in the spirit of the day, Fox will also narrate a slide show presentation on serial killers at 9 p.m. Halloween night in the Wildcat Theater. The event, which is part of WSU’s Dead Man’s Party, costs $5 per person for general admission.

 Due to contractual agreements, the recording or videotaping of Fox’s presentations is not permitted. Fox will be available for media interviews Thursday afternoon. Reporters interested in interviewing Fox may contact WSU’s office of Media Relations at 626-7212 to arrange access.
Contact:

Kay Gillespie, criminal justice chairman
(801) 626-6245 · kgillespie@weber.edu

Jose Gomez, student activities coordinator
(801) 626-6349 · jgomez@weber.edu

Author:

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu