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Local author Steve Bareham paints grim picture in new book

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 31st, 2013

Steve Bareham has spent a lifetime working with the written word.

As former editor of the now defunct Nelson Daily News, Bareham, daily, navigated the news out to readers throughout the Kootenays.

Now, a teacher at Selkirk College in Nelson, Bareham is again telling stories to readers only this time in books.

The latest of the 13 books, including The Last Resort, Harper Collins, Don’t Get Caught in Risky Business, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Meta-Marketing, and Total Quality Marketing, through EduServ Inc., is War, Murder & Human Nature: Why People Kill.

“It came about as a result of my research and teaching for conflict management at Selkirk College and following the spate of mass murders in the past few years,” Bareham told The Nelson Daily.

“Kind of a gloomy subject, but still of interest to many people.”

War, Murder & Human Nature: Why People Killdelves into the important questions of why there are 468,000 murders every year around the world.

That number would be quadrupled were it not for fast ambulances and modern emergency units. If you count the war dead in the past two centuries, the number blows past 200 million.

How does Bareham explain this human proclivity for violence?

In his latest journalistic investigation, the college academic pulls together dramatic information about what goes on in the minds of murderers — quite a bit it so happens, and much of it is both controversial and surprising.

The reader will discover that people murder for at least two dozen reasons, ranging from self-preservation instinct, genetics, predisposition of the “plain bad and angry,” environmental influences, psychological trauma, mental illness and about 20 emotions that can drive people to kill when combined with other situations and events.

These are emotions with which we are all familiar.

War, Murder & Human Nature: Why People Killis available on Amazon and Kobo. The preview can be seen at

Bareham’s other books, available in e-book at

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