Obsessed with Netflix's Mindhunter? Celebrate the launch of Season 2 with the bestselling true story of how one underfunded FBI team became the first to explore the dark world of serial murderers.
John Douglas is a former FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioural science. He made a career of looking evil in the eye - and understanding it. No wonder that he was the inspiration for Special Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, as well as the film's consultant on the reality of serial killers.
Douglas invented and established the practice of criminal profiling, and submerged himself in the world of serial killers in a quest to understand why they killed, and to help prevent more innocent lives from being ended by future killers. As his serial crime unit developed from a derided two-bit operation in a dingy officer to one of the FBI's elite task forces, Douglas personally confronted the most terrible crimes of the age, including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and the Atlanta child murderer.
With the fierce page-turning power of a bestselling novel, yet terrifyingly true, Mindhunter is a true crime classic.
'John Douglas knows more about serial killers than anybody in the world' - Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs
'A cracker of a book' - Esquire
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the ’70s, FBI agent John Douglas devoted his life’s work to psychoanalysing notorious serial killers. Through haunting interviews with those imprisoned, he identified psychological and behavioural patterns that informed the investigative methodology known as “criminal profiling”. For Quantico and police units nationwide, it became the primary weapon for interpreting grisly crime scenes and hunting active killers—invaluable data that came at a cost for Douglas, who dwelled in the darkest corridors of the human mind. Told in gruesome, frank detail, Mindhunter is a fascinating study of the relationships and experiences that drive men to become real-life monsters.
One of the first to develop the specialty of "criminal-personality profiling," Douglas has written a readable, popular version of his earlier Sexual Homicide (Lexington, 1988). He discusses how FBI profilers, working from crime scene evidence, predict the type of personality who committed a serial murder. Accurate profiles-such as that of Wayne Williams, the Atlanta child killer-can help focus on likely suspects. Profiling can also suggest proactive steps for luring the culprit into contacting the police. Unfortunately, a profile is apt to "fit a lot of people." As the unsolved Green River Killer case attests, it cannot substitute for hard evidence. Although profiling has limitations not emphasized in this semiautobiographical account, Douglas is justifiably proud of its success. Recommended for true crime collections. -Gregor A. Preston, formerly with Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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i had purchased this on hard cover in the 90's & disappointingly misplaced this book,Lord behold!! its made its way to electronically & i have no quams about re-stocking my John Douglas collection