Lee Mellor

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Lee Mellor
Lee Mellor Book Signing 2013.jpg
Background information
Birth name Lee Philip Mellor
Born (1982-08-04) August 4, 1982 (age 34)
Chester, Cheshire, England
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Alternative country, Americana, folk
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica
Years active 2004–present
Labels Independent
Website www.leemellor.com

Lee Mellor (born August 4, 1982, Chester, England) is an Anglo-Canadian author, scholar, and alternative country musician distinguished by his intricate lyrics and growly vocal stylings.

Education[edit]

Mellor attended Bowmanville High School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 from Concordia University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the study of violent offenders by combining psychological and sociological approaches.

Music[edit]

As a musician, Mellor has been spotlighted and interviewed on CBC Radio, and in 2007 was voted among the top 10 singer-songwriters in Montreal.[1] By the 2008 poll he had risen to No. 3 singer-songwriter in the city, behind Leonard Cohen and Rufus Wainwright.[2]

Mellor's debut album Ghost Town Heart was released independently on August 18, 2007. He is known for coining the term "citygrass" to describe Montreal's emerging alternative country scene.[3]

In 2010, while working on his second album, Mellor also produced and played on Montreal singer-songwriter Roses's self-titled debut EP.[4] A music video for "Suzy Blue Eyes" from his second album Lose was officially released on YouTube in early 2011.[5]

Lose, described by Mellor as an album he made "for himself," followed shortly after on April 30, 2011.[6]

Mellor also produced Kristen Bussandri's "Diamonds to Dust" EP, released July 2011.[7]

Writing[edit]

Mellor's first book, Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder, was released on March 3, 2012, by Dundurn Press. The true crime work documents and analyzes the phenomenon of serial homicide in Canada, providing over 60 cases as examples. He researched 75 serial homicides but did not include them all because of limited space in the book.[8]

A second volume on Canadian multicide, Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing, was released on March 9, 2013.

In academia, Mellor co-edited the textbook Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook (2016) with Joan Swart for which he also penned the Introduction along with chapters on homicidal paraphilia, necrophilia, sexual sadism, and psychopathy.[9]

He is also the primary editor of Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach (2016) with Anil Aggrawal and Eric W. Hickey. His chapters "Wider Shades of Pale" and "Mincing Words" examine flaws in the current definition of necrophilia and argue for an expansion of the concept to include acts of sexually motivated post-mortem mutilation, posing, and "trophy-taking", as well as certain types of cannibalism and vampirism. [10] In "Necrophilia-Spectrum Behavior and the Thematic-Derivative Model of Sexual Progression", Mellor offers a model which charts both normophilic and paraphilic sexual interests, using the case of Armin Meiwes as an example. [11] His "Five Allures of Necrophilia" proposes that there are five basic appeals of necrophilia: passivity/inertia, corporeal/sensory, reminiscent/identity, ritual/iconographic, and spiritual/magical.[12]

Mellor is editor-in-chief of the e-magazine Serial Killer Quarterly to which he regularly contributes articles, along with fellow true crime writers Harold Schechter, Peter Vronsky, Katherine Ramsland, Michael Newton, Cathy Scott, Burl Barer, Carol Anne Davis, and Robert Hoshowsky.

Discography[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Mellor, L. 2012. Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder. Toronto, Canada: Dundurn.
  • Mellor, L. 2013. Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing. Toronto, Canada: Dundurn.
  • Swart, J., & Mellor, L. 2016. Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
  • Mellor, L., Aggrawal, A., & Hickey, E.W. 2016. Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach. San Diego, California: Cognella.

Articles & Chapters[edit]

  • Mellor, L. 2016. Original Gangsta: Self-Conceptualization and Criminogenic Authenticity in Hip Hop Music The Criminal Humanities: An Introduction Eds. Michael Andrew Arntfield & Marcel Danesi. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Mellor, L, Venkatesh, V, Wallin, J, & Thomas, T. 2016. Killing for Slender Man: The Emergence of an Electronic Gospel in The Criminal Humanities: An Introduction Eds. Michael Andrew Arntfield & Marcel Danesi. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. Introduction in Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook Eds. Lee Mellor & Joan Swart. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. An Introduction to Sexual Homicides in Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook Eds. Lee Mellor & Joan Swart. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. Necrophilic Homicide Offenders in Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook Eds. Lee Mellor & Joan Swart. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. Sexually Sadistic Homicide Offenders in Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook Eds. Lee Mellor & Joan Swart. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Mellor, L., Ramsland, K., & Funicelli, M. 2016. Psychopathic Homicide Offenders in Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook Eds. Lee Mellor & Joan Swart. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. Wider Shades of Pale: Expanding the Necrophilic Behavioral Spectrum in Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach Eds. Lee Mellor, Anil Aggrawal, & Eric W. Hickey. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. Mincing Words: Refining the Language and Interpretation of Mutilation in Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach Eds. Lee Mellor, Anil Aggrawal, & Eric W. Hickey. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. Necrophilia-Spectrum Behavior and the Thematic-Derivative Model of Sexual Progression in Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach Eds. Lee Mellor, Anil Aggrawal, & Eric W. Hickey. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Mellor, L. 2016. The Five Allures of Necrophilia in Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach Eds. Lee Mellor, Anil Aggrawal, & Eric W. Hickey. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

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