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Great book! Really interesting - some graphic descriptions of crimes. The character Jack Crawford from Silence of the Lambs was based on John Douglas.
Absolutely fascinating book! Well written and nearly impossible to put down, John Douglas describes how criminal profiling came to be, and how he helped catch several serial killers with his work inside the FBI's Serial Crime Unit. If you've ever watched "Criminal Minds" on TV (terrific series, and if you haven't seen it, you really should!), you've gotten a glimpse of what he does each and every day.
This book is not for the faint-of-heart, but I think it should be *Required Reading* for anyone who thinks there is no true evil in the world, or that if given enough therapy and "understanding," social psychotics will change their ways and be cured.
This book is an absolute keeper.
It may be difficult to not be somewhat paranoid about strangers you might come in contact with. I loved the book!!! A friend of mine has said he can tell a psychopath by looking into their face but John Douglas looks at the crime scenes and tells the police the kind of person they need to look for.
Amazing!! Five Stars!!!
Although a bit dated a this time, Mindhunter remains recommended reading/reference book to any aspiring writer of the suspense genre, especially where psychopathic serial killers are involved. Douglas' twenty-years experience with the FBI, solely dedicated to establishing the Serial Crime Unit, makes him an undisputed authority in the field of the criminal mind. I'm looking forward to reading The Anatomy of Motive--another Douglas book.
I am trying to read all of John Douglas' books. This one is so interesting how they started this whole unit. It has really helped find criminals.
Upon retiring, Special Agent John Douglas was finally able to share his story. He is the elite pioneer of what we now know as criminal profiling. He is also the model for the chief male agent in the book and movie, Silence of the Lambs. In this book, Douglas takes us into the early days of the FBIs special unit for this highly specialized field.
Special Agent Douglas was involved in several notorious crimes, including John Wayne Gacy, the Tylenol poisoning case, the Atlanta Child Murders, and the Green River Killer. His profiling of the criminal mind was integral in solving these among other major crimes.
To hone his skills, Douglas studied and interviewed the likes of infamous serial killers Richard Speck, Charles Manson John Wayne Gacy and other serious offenders. This enabled him to understand the working of their mind, as well as what drove them to commit such heinous crimes.
A fascinating psychological read, this is also an excellent account of true criminal justice. Fans of the TV show Criminal Minds will certainly appreciate this compelling book.
Interesting background on FBI profiling
I found the first part of this book tough to get through, it was slow... but once John gets going its hard to put down... This guy is a prize, I thank GOD that there are people out there who can be this good at their job, Why people need/want to hurt other people is beyond me, but with this mans help maybe they can be stopped before they become serial killers....in parts I really felt ill, but yet I had to read on, like a rubbernecker on the highway where a horrible accident has happened... anyway, I will jump into his next book very quickly!!!