A good book that gives much information about profiling serial killers. It also gives insight to many serial killers that are well known such as Ted Bundy,Jeffery Dahmer,Charles Manson,Edmund Kemper,John Wayne Gacy,John Joubert and Gerald Schaefer. Robert Ressler worked tracking serial killers for the FBI.
There are points early in the book where I felt he was almost bragging too much - but all the other famous profilers mention him as the one they learned from - and the original writing was a few years ago. A DEFINITE recommendation for those interested in the development of modern day profiling and origins of what is just "accepted truth" now - things that were theories and ideas back then! VERY GOOD choice for those interested in true crime!
This is the 1st book I read about such a subject. This book honestly turned me on to reading on the subjects of serial killers & death. I would recomend this as good reading for anyone who is fascinated about the darker side of the world we live in.
There are many, many cases outlined or detailed here, showcasing the author's interactions and experiences with serial killers. The material is often hard to read due to the subject matter, and because Ressler, even with a co-author to tidy things up, isn't as competent a writer as someone like Ann Rule. It is, however, engrossing to follow the development of the FBI's handling of these crimes. Ressler isn't bashful about the importance of his role in these investigations; I think a certain amount of ego is essential in a job like his. But he does provide plenty of information for curious casual readers like me, for true crime devotees, and for those more seriously interested in profiling and criminal justice.