A very intriguing look inside the world of those who hunt serial killers. Many of the stories were familiar to me from the news, but this is the inside view of the story - the search for the "why" in these terrible acts. Very good book!
This was a very good book! It takes you behind the scenes of some of the worst, most gruesome and frankly fascinating cases pursued by John Douglas, Special Agent with the FBI, and one of the leading pioneers in profiling.
On the back cover it says: As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interwiewed, 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 examined 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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Mindhunter enters the minds of some of the country's most notorious serial killers to tell the real-life story of the Investigative Support Unit (ISU) -- the FBI's special force that has assisted state and local police in cracking some of the country's most celebrated serial murder and rape cases. The unit specializes in understanding the chemistry and mechanical workings of the brain's of these serial criminals, and did its homework by interviewing such murderers as Charles Manson and David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam). John Douglas, who worked for the FBI for 25 years, is an authority on the unit, and his book combines the best of nonfiction with that of a murder mystery.
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I never made it past 3/4 of the book - which says something in itself. I kept waiting for it to get better. Some of the cases were interesting but the author spent so much time patting himself on the back that it really grew tiresome. It seemed to be more about John Douglas than the profiling program.
A chronicle of the remarkable and chilling career of a Special Agent who was a legend in his time. He was the model for Jack Crawford in the movie Silence of the Lambs. In real life he confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein.
This book was supposedly full of information about the crime unit and understanding of the criminal mind. Instead, I found it to be self-satisfied and self-promoting comments on the author's prowess...not particularly enjoyable.