This book was one of my more interesting texts for my degree in forensic psychology. Douglas's theories don't always agree with the popular thinking, but his logic makes sense once you understand the method. It's interesting reading, until you get to the Ramsey case where his bias gets in the way of following his own method. Some knowledge of the facts of the historical cases helps with the understanding, but the book is definitely written for the popular press. If you like CSI-type stuff you'll probably like this book, although his first book, Mindhunter, was better.
Excellent accounts of the following cases, some solved and some unsolved:
Jack the Ripper
The Zodiac Killer
The Black Dahlia
The Lindbergh Baby
Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek
The Boston Strangler
I had no idea that Lizzie Borden may have been a kleptomaniac. The insights on the Ramsey case are especially good. Don't skip the "Perspectives" section at the end--the authors have some terrific suggestions on how to equip law enforcement agencies so they can solve these types of cases.
This book is a very very good read, not to "techie" with all the cop talk, its very well written even a layman who never read a book like this before would understand.
Covers famous cases such as Jack the Ripper, Zodiac, Black Dahlia among others and gives you everything from the basic story, to all the evidence so you can almost attempt at guessing "who dunnit" - but all these cases are unsolved so there is no guilty party mentioned.
John Douglas gives a no holds barred non judgemental approach to all the cases and quite simply tells it how it looks to him and his 20+ years experance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am very glad my wife found it for me, otherwise I would have missed out on this fantastic read.
This book includes the cases of Jack the Ripper, JonBenet Ramsey, Lizzie Borden, the Lindbergy kidnapping and the Zodiac killer. Authors give their views on who might have commited these crimes. Very good.
The authors--Douglas worked for the FBI for 25 years--tackle famous cases including Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, the Zodiac killer, and JonBenet Ramsey's murder. This is not sleazy or sensationalistic crime writing; the book is down-to-earth and very convincing of various parties' guilt or innocence. Highly recommended. Now I'd like to see Douglas tackle Scott Peterson and Darlie Routier.
This book is a great one! The guy who wrote it was an FBI specialist that has insider knowledge into some of the most chilling and thought provoking cases. I really enjoyed reading this book because you learn things that were not told to the media in the more recent cases... and also gives you a closer look at some older cases that may have not been in your lifetime.
This is a very well written book about all those cases that were never solved offers alot of true facts about the cases and some thoughts on the perps how they commited the crimes ,why, and how come we weren't able to solve them. I read alot of these kinds of books but this was by far one of the best!
john douglas has always written very well thought out books. a step-by-step process. very good at not "joining the bandwagon" mentality. just the facts at hand or not at hand. even though the book was printed in 2000, it's still relevant as to the understandings of the cases presented.
True crime book about some of the cases that most people have read about in the newspapers or magazines and/or have seen on television. The cases presented kept me reading, but there are so many takes on the Jonbenet Ramsey case that one more is not that interesting to me at this point. Overall, though, I found it very good reading.
If you're a John Douglas fan this book is for you. The cases he reviews here are the most well known and haunting even going back to Jack the Ripper. I had a little trouble with the JonBenet Ramsey discussion but not because I agreed or disagreed with his conclusion but because he went into so much detail that I was worn out when I got to the end of it. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in profiling done right.
I have only read the case, so far, that I was most interested in: Jon Benet Ramsey one. It opened my eyes to a new perspective on who may have been the guilty party. I intend to read more of these cases when time allows. GMNES