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Criminal profiler John E. Douglas worked for the FBI's Investigative Support Unit for 25 years. He is an Air Force veteran and doctor of education and has written or coauthored more than 100 criminology texts and research papers. In his study of the criminal mind, Douglas interviewed convicted mostra'n més murders, rapists, kidnappers and assassins that included Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, James Earl Ray and Ted Bundy, to name a few. Through this research, he learned how criminals think, and to see the world, the victims and the crime scenes through their eyes as well as perfected the art of psychological profiling to catch serial killers. Jack Crawford, a major character in the Thomas Harris novels Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, was directly based on Douglas.. "Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit," which is co-written with Mark Olshaker, is a psychological study that tells the real life story of the Investigative Support Unit of the FBI and the country's most notorious serial killers. It's a memoir of Douglas' time with the FBI and shows how this special force assisted state and local police in solving some of the most celebrated serial murder and rape cases. Olshaker and Douglas' first fictional work together was "Broken Wings." It tells how former profiler Jake Donovan and a special team of former agents investigate the apparent suicide of the director of the FBI. Also written with Olshaker were the titles "The Anatomy of Motive," "Obsession," and "Journey into Darkness." "Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives" was written with Robert K. Kessler and Ann W. Burgess, both former FBI agents. These three authors, along with Allen G. Burgess, also wrote "Crime Classification Manual," which classifies the three major felonies of murder, arson and sexual assault and standardizes the language and terminology used throughout the criminal justice system. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de John E. Douglas

The Cases That Haunt Us (2000) 993 exemplars
Journey Into Darkness (1997) 859 exemplars
The Anatomy of Motive (1999) 753 exemplars
Obsession (1998) 563 exemplars
Inside the Mind of BTK (2007) 202 exemplars
Broken Wings (1999) 157 exemplars


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CW: murder, rape/sexual assault, graphic descriptions of violent crime.

The Killer Across the Table is the latest book written by John Douglas, most well-known now for being the inspiration behind Netflix's Mindhunter. But Douglas is perhaps most famous for being one of the first criminal profilers, and interviewing some of history's most notorious serial killers in order to educate, prevent crime, and more easily catch future killers.

Douglas himself states that The Killer Across the Table was written in response to a question he's commonly asked during interviews – how does the interview process with a killer work? How is he able to get information out of killers, and how does he know what is truthful? Not only is this process explored, but Douglas also covers four very distinct types of killers through recounting his interview experience with them.

Told in four parts, Douglas revisits his encounters with convicted killers Joseph McGowan, Joseph Kondro, Donald Harvey, and Todd Kohlhepp. Without going too much into detail, each of these criminals killed – whether it was one person, or dozens; and on the surface, it's easy to lump them together. But what Douglas dives deeply into, is that each of these individuals killed their victims for vastly different reasons, and each responds to what they did in very different ways.

What surprised or shocked me most about each of these killers' stories was how they think of themselves after having killed, and how each tries to blame the decision on some external element in their past. Every one of them tries to offer an explanation to lessen the severity of their actions. Some of them were more aware of themselves, and basically answered, "yeah I have a problem," while others were less self-aware, and ready to place all the blame on something else that traumatized them during their youth.

I also found it really fascinating how Douglas approached each interview. Essentially, he has to shut off all personal feelings about the killer, because in order to build a rapport of trust to get the information he needs, he needs that killer to feel comfortable and as if they are in a "safe space". Without this tactic, Douglas wouldn't have been able to learn all he has about the mindset of a killer. I personally, (and I think most people), would have an extreme difficulty doing this. But this is the way he has allowed law enforcement and scientists to learn so much, and for me it was incredibly interesting reading how he was able to do that.

I did have a couple problems with the writing. Douglas has a tendency to repeat information or points he's trying to make – in a way that's almost word-for-word. Listening to the audiobook, I thought a couple of times that it had somehow skipped back or there was an error – that's how exactly repeated some things were.

Additionally, there is quite a bit of wandering. In order to emphasize some of the killer's traits, or to make a point, Douglas refers to completely different cases in order to compare a similar trait. While interesting to hear about even more criminals than the four main ones he focuses on, it was at times hard to follow or remember the main point. Finally, I should mention that this book is probably not appropriate for all readers. Douglas does not shy away from the most graphic and awful aspects of the crimes, and despite having a pretty strong stomach myself, I found some of it difficult to listen to.

Overall, this book had me asking a lot of complex questions, a lot of which may never be answered. Namely, why is it that some people who go through extremely traumatizing events – events that would fit the bill for a serial killer – yet they go through life never hurting anyone? What exactly triggers someone to want to kill another person? I believe Douglas tries to explain this through minute events in each killer's life, that was the "tipping point". Yet, he concedes, it's ultimately a decision they make to step over that line. It's what causes them to make that step that criminologists are still trying to answer.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you're interested in true crime being discussed in a way that isn't sensationalized. I especially enjoyed listening to the audiobook, which was appropriately and excellently narrated by Jonathan Groff, who plays the main character in Neftlix's Mindhunter based off Douglas. I wanted a book that would go more deeply into the "why" behind killing, and this was a great start.
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escapinginpaper | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | May 18, 2024 |
John E. Douglas is probably the best-known criminal profiler in the business. Here he tells a story, from beginning to end, about the repeat killer Larry Gene Bell, who abucted and killed two girls in 1985 South Carolina. It's a really good book, well-written and narrated, detailed, interesting, saddening. I plan to listen to more of Douglas' books about crime.
ahef1963 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | May 18, 2024 |
A good amount of overlap of material from previous books (mostly anecdotes) but solid if depressing book
BCarroll | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | Apr 17, 2024 |



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