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Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas' 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country's most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases - and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his 25- year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.
As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
©2017 John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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By leelee8888 on 10-29-17

I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available

And this one by far was the most interesting to me in terms of cases. One thing about his books , he always takes the first 3 chapters or so ( about 2 hours), talking about his background that gets tedious and I’ll be honest, I usually skip those chapters. This one is no different and even with the loss of the first hour or so, I would still recommend this for the really , juicy, detailed and interesting cases that after his initial bio , seems to be back to back for the next ten hours.
Great book, I’m hard to please and I really liked this one a lot.

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By Julie Parker on 11-16-17

Interesting but distractingly self-congratulatory

John Douglas writes of his part in the establishment of the behavioral analysis unit focused on criminal profiling at the FBI, and while much of it is compelling it is at tones obscured by Douglas' ego. It's clear that all but two is the cases presented in this book are depicted as total success stories. His profiles are always perfect, or if not perfect the only details he misses are trivial, and he always rides in on his white horse to save the day. Whether the facts are fudged to depict him in a perfect light or he cherry picked cases, it's hard to know, but my take on this is confirmed by the cases he presents on crimes that were unsolved at the time of his writing. In the case of the Green River Killer, his profile turns out to be mostly accurate but he asserts that he believes the series of murders are probably committed by three different killers. This is most certainly a theory he would've omitted had Gary Ridgeway been caught at the time he wrote the book. I say this because erroneous predictions like this were completely absent in the other cases he presented, and it's pretty obvious that profiling is not an exact science. There are similar features to his presentation of the BTK case, which was also unsolved at the time. All this is to say I think he's an extremely talented guy, but his pretense that he was always perfect takes away from this book in my opinion. Of course he wasn't always right on the money. Of course certain things came to light after the criminal was caught that turned out to be counter to the prediction.
Anyway, the book is fascinating but the presentation of Douglas as a knight in shining armor takes away from the overall quality of it.

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