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In this fascinating, in-depth account of the hunt for serial killers, Colin Wilson, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, examines the ways they can be tracked down and caught, from the tried-and-true methods of the early 20th century to the high-tech processes in use today. Wilson examines such areas as psychological profiling, genetic fingerprinting, and the launch of the Behavioral Science Unit. He delves into the importance of fantasy to serial killers, the urge to keep on killing, the desire to become notorious, and murder as an addictive drug. He includes his own correspondence with serial killers and follows the career of FBI Special Agent Robert Ressler, the man who coined the term "serial killer" in 1977.
Including the worst murderers in Britain and America, such as Peter Sutcliffe, Fred and Rosemary West, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Paul Bernardo, this book is essential for true-crime enthusiasts. This book will appeal to anyone morbidly fascinated by these gruesome murders but especially by the techniques used to bring those responsible to justice.
©2007, 2014 olin Wilson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By maciora on 02-10-15

I learned something valuable

Would you listen to Manhunters again? Why?

There are real patterns to deviant behavior - it's not evil, it's not dramatic, it's just that people are fragile when they are young and sometimes it's nature but often it's just awful parenting which is monstrous and malformed humanity which we see as monsters. This book's power lies in the unadorned, factual and dry tone. The constant, emotionally overwhelming repetition of dozens of the most unspeakable acts that people commit on others takes on a very unexpected effect - a certain clarity about human nature. There is also a real sense of the genius behind the early serial killer profilers like Robert Ressler and John Douglas. The psychological picture they can paint comes from the close examination of thousands of cases, but it still seems brilliant and unexpected given their unique study.

What does Brandon Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought that the reader kept the recitation of the details of dozens of truly stomach-churning crimes very sober and thankfully undramatic. It really helped in not sensationalizing a subject which all to easily is rendered in a lurid or dramatic tone (The Serial Killer Whisperer is a book which does this, and made it impossible to for me finish.) Brandon Massey is terrific

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Be warned - it's overwhelmingly horrific in what it describes. But it is true and needs to be known and the audiobook presents it in the most mature and sober way possible. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the subject.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 02-03-15

Excellent read.

All in all a very good read into the mind of the wicked. it did ramble at some points. Excellent job of delving back through the history of the people who committed such horrible crimes.

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