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.
Gripping and Important
This book is a fascinating read. When I first picked it up, the first few pages were mind numbing and quite literally put me to sleep, but I picked the book up again a few weeks later after reading some fiction, and quickly found myself entirely immersed and in this book. It is interesting, although sometimes hard to keep up with the Rolodex of names and locations, but the pacing of the writing and overall storytelling is incredibly compelling. The beginning is dry but within 50 pages it is thrilling and an absolute page turner. In conclusion: if you like true crime, history, or science, it’s well worth the read.
The FBI was primitive before Ressler and Douglas really started using the tools. Way interesting read. His brutal honesty and humor show you can be a FBI profiler and share vulnerability, compassion, and perfectionism. Will be reading more of him.
A truly excellent book!
This book is great! John Douglas has and keeps his audience hooked, trapped- captured from the beginning! You won’t want to stop reading/ listening (which ever you’re doing!). Not to mention the show that they released on Netflix has 2 seasons to watch after- or while reading/ listening to this book! The book is excellent, & The show is Great! WIN WIN! What are you waiting for? Mindhunter is an essential for True crime readers- simple as that.