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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

by John Douglas

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    Whoever Fights Monsters by Robert K. Ressler (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are about early FBI profilers attempting to understand the minds of serial killers. Mindhunter is the more dramatically written while Whoever Fights Monsters included more specifics on profiling itself.
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MIndhunter is an excellent layman's introduction to the dark art of forensic profiling. Precise, lucid, and well written, it intertwines the story of the author and how he came to get his interesting job with details and case histories about the job itself. Interesting and often fun. ( )
  D.ElaineCalderin | Aug 23, 2013 |
I'm not really a "true crime" guy -- generally hate that stuff, but I found this on my dad's bookshelf a few years ago and it was pretty fascinating. ( )
  bibliosk8er | Aug 14, 2012 |
Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

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 FBI’s 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. ( )
  nightprose | Mar 3, 2011 |
John Douglas takes us through his history first, his experiences growing up, what made him decide to become an FBI agent and how he used profiling even before he became an agent and knew what it was. While he does not mince words when describing crimes the descriptions are neither gratuitous nor graphic, what comes through all his narration is respect and sympathy for the victims. He explains that profiling is an investigation into the why of a crime, and why this is important in solving certain types of crime.He also details the interviews he and another agent had with convicted serial killers and how this has helped him and other agents fine tune their investigative skills. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about investigative technique (profiling) and psychology. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Nov 27, 2009 |
This is a great read for someone interested in the basis for and origin of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. If you are looking for Criminal Minds or Silence of the Lambs, you're out of luck.

John Douglas, with the help of Mark Olshaker, provide tremendous insight into the fascinating task of profiling and targeting the most depraved that humanity has to offer. While this book is not one of fast paced action, it will have you flipping the pages faster and faster to see what is next. Even if your fascination with this topic was forged from viewing Silence of the Lambs, this factual look at these monsters and the FBI’s attempt to capture them should still keep you captivated. ( )
  jesselunsford | May 1, 2009 |
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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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The head of the FBI's investigative unit that deals with serial killers demonstrates his celebrated talent for getting inside their minds.

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