Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals—the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.
As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
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In the ’70s, FBI agent John Douglas devoted his life’s work to psychoanalyzing notorious serial killers. Through haunting interviews with those imprisoned, he identified psychological and behavioral 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.
Douglas, who developed criminal profiling techniques for the FBI, teams up with novelist Olshaker to tell of his 25-year career tracking down serial killers.
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Well written and extremely moving!
I recommend this to anyone that is the least bit curious about crimes of these natures. Well blended. Shocking and eye opening! Loved it!
Great story telling
John Douglas does a great job of story telling here, and bringing the reader into his world as he breaks down the early formation of the Behavioral Science Investigative Support Unit with the FBI at Quantico. He also does an equally impressive job taking you through some of their early cases when profiling was in its infancy.