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Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man. Morrison, a leading expert on serial killers, has spent as many as 400 hours alone with depraved murderers. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She conducted the last interview with Ed Gein, the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards, and gave her his paintings as presents. Dr. Morrison has received letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims, and the spouses and parents of the killers.
Through it all, Dr. Morrison's goal has been to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.
©2004 Helen Morrison and Harold Goldberg (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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By P. Minor on 02-03-08

Boring reader,boring writing

As a psychiatric nurse, I have always been intrigued by the minds of serial killers. I had hoped to hear a really detailed , and interesting account of these men's lives and that of their families. It is possible to have written something that really made you KNOW those men, know their wives,mothers , fathers, etc but this book left one wondering who they were. You get absolutely no feeling for the personality of the man who committed the crimes.
Worse still, the author also read the book and read it in a slow, boring monotone with pauses in the middle of sentences that made no sense and no feeling in her voice to give you any idea at all how SHE felt during her exposure to them.
I'll stick with Ann Rule's books. She may not have the creds that Dr. Morrison has (maybe she does. I don't recall her background) but at least she can write.

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By Jason on 04-03-05

Left sitting in a hole.

I found that the book was full of great information and seemed to comply with a lot of information I've read on serial killers, which was to my dismay. The one "controversial" fact outlined in this book was the genetic factor of serial killers which I felt the author didn't touch on nearly enough and had no research backing up her argument. She excuses this fact and just leaves you with a feeling of "that's plausable". If you go into this book not expecting a conclusion, you will be satisfied.

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By Maria on 01-27-12

Errors throw this book into doubt for me

I listened to this read with interest but am peeved at two things. The first is that the author expressed her opinion about Rose West being unlikely to have killed anyone. Science has proved the guilt of Rose West and a jury of her peers found her guilty. The second point that caused me to be peeved is that Helen Morrison named the Moors Murderers as Myra Brady and Ian Hinckley. I had to review this part several times in case I mis heard. I did not. These errors are insulting and throw the entire book into doubt for me. I can not trust the authors words. Sorry for being so negative.

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By AndyMackenzie on 10-02-06

Still worth a read.

Could have been more analytical... Too short!! 30 years of assessing these people, you would have thought it would be more in-depth. Still worth a read.

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By Annabella Cichon on 10-18-16

Don't Bother

What would have made My Life Among the Serial Killers better?

Numerous mispronunciations of words. Pheromones, not pheromes, for example. Bespectacled, not bespeckled.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Helen Morrison?

Anyone else please

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from My Life Among the Serial Killers?

Disjointed in parts. Chapters that start without the reader knowing whom it's about, it doesn't flow

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