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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Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.—Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche
To my close friend and brother-in-law, who during his thirty-three-year police career fought many monsters on the street of Chicago. Patrolman Frank P. Graszer Chicago Police Department Badge Number 4614 Served July 13, 1928; Died December 24, 1990. —Robert K. Kessler
Russ Vorpagel was a legend in the Bureau, six four and 240 pounds, a former police homicide detective in Milwaukee who also had a law degree and was an expert in sex crimes and bomb demolition.
It would be gratifying to believe that all of the work that I have done in regard to violent offenders has made a dent in the incidence of violent crime, but the headlines about terrible murders that crop up regularly in the nation's newspapers, and the routine reports of violence on the nightly news broadcasts, tell me that the fight against monsters goes on and on--and that I must continue to be in the thick of it.
This book is an overview of the career of the FBI man who nearly single-handedly created the system for personality profiling of violent offenders. If there's a big-time multiple murderer from about 1950 until now who hasn't been interviewed by Robert Ressler, he probably refused the honor. Indispensable reading for serial killer mavens, and better written than John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's Mindhunter, this book is packed with fascinating details from dozens of cases: The killer John Joubert, for example, started his life of cruelty as a kid one day when he was riding his bike with a sharpened pencil in his hand. He rode up next to a little girl who was walking, and stabbed her in the back with the pencil. Ouch!
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TRUE CRIME. Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us-and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down some of the nation's most brutal murderers. Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler uses the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them, Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers for the police to capture. Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for America's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.… (more)