My Life Among the Serial Killers

  • by Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
  • Narrated by Helen Morrison
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- P. Minor

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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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio