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Mindhunter: Inside the Fbi's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Mindhunter: Inside the Fbi's Elite Serial Crime Unit


Mindhunter: Inside the Fbi's Elite Serial Crime Unit

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4.5/5 (74 ratings)
Length:
2 hours
Released:
Nov 1, 1995
ISBN:
9780743541381
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Description

He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: TheTrailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has contronted,interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- includingCharles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for alandmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend JackCrawford in Thomas Harris's thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of theLambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in bahavorial science andcriminal profiling. Recently retired after twenty-five years of service, JohnDouglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story. With journalist MarkOlshaker, he gives us a behind the scenes look at his fascinating career,revisiting his journeys into the dark recesses and calculated madness presentonly in our worst nightmares. This is the true-crime work everyone has beenwaiting for -- by the Mindhunter himself.
Released:
Nov 1, 1995
ISBN:
9780743541381
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

John Douglas, the legendary FBI criminal profiler and veteran author of true crime books, has spent over twenty-five years researching and culling the stories of America’s most disturbing criminals. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he has directly worked and/or had overall supervision in over 5,000 violent crime cases over the past 48 years. He is currently chairman of the board of the “Cold Case Foundation.” One of the foremost experts and investigators of criminal minds and motivations, he currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Mark Olshaker is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of ten nonfiction books and five novels, including Einstein’s Brain and The Edge. His books with former FBI Special Agent and criminal profiling pioneer John Douglas, beginning with Mindhunter and, most recently, Law & Disorder, have sold millions of copies and have been translated into many languages. Mindhunter is now a dramatic series on Netflix, directed by David Fincher. He and his wife Carolyn, an attorney, live in Washington, D.C.



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  • (4/5)
    Wonderful author who writes an interesting subject.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic! Criminal profiling is one of my main interests or hobbies if you want to call it that and this is like the classic primer. John Douglas is the man who coined the term "profiling"; he didn't invent it, but he basically started the modern science we know today. I didn't learn anything new about the psychology, but this was fascinating from an historical point of view as a memoir and a history of the BSU and the FBI itself. Douglas joined the FBI when Hoover was still the Chief and if you know anything about those times you'll know J. Edgar thought the "soft" sciences were a bunch of b.s. and a small clandestine group was working behind his back quietly using psychology on an inquiry-based only system and this is where Douglas first found himself. However, the book starts with Douglas' birth, childhood, college drop-out, military service, etc. before it even gets to his enrollment in the Bureau. I enjoy memoirs and found his writing style highly readable, relishing the book from the get-go. Then, of course, I became fascinated when Douglas turns to his work in the FBI, relates how profiling worked its way into being a legitimate technique, his famous study of interviewing living serial killers to find out how they thought and his work on famous cases including everything from The Trailside Killer, The Atlanta Child Murders and The Tylenol Murders. Douglas has earned himself some controversy over the years; some people find his writing style arrogant. This is the only book I've read by him but I've got its sequel on hold at the library already! so it won't be my last. Obviously I didn't find him arrogant in the least and his serial killer interviews (conducted with two others) are admittedly a giant breakthrough that even his detractors cannot dismiss.
  • (3/5)
    This is a darkly fascinating topic that begins in an era that defined the FBI's own profile for years afterwards. Douglas follows the evolution of the ISU (then known somewhat unfortunately as 'BS') as he and his colleagues learned to meet the challenges presented by its particular types of quarry... how they identified these men, (down to details as seemingly unrelated as the kind of car they would drive), the existence of 'signatures' as opposed to Modus Operandi, and at the root of it all, what compelled these men to act.The minds described by Douglas are so phenomenally warped as to warrant a branch of law enforcement - a science - simply to keep up. The minds that forced them into the light are simply put, brilliant. The defining concept of 'Mindhunter' is that not only were Douglas and his team catching killers, they were learning from them, ceaselessly, in a bid to be out in front of the next case.Very readable, although with the proliferation of TV and film coverage of 'Behavioural Science', the reader has to make a conscious effort to appreciate the impact of the freshly discovered insights into the profiling of serial killers and violent, sexually motivated criminals.
  • (4/5)
    John Douglas takes us through his history first, his experiences growing up, what made him decide to become an FBI agent and how he used profiling even before he became an agent and knew what it was. While he does not mince words when describing crimes the descriptions are neither gratuitous nor graphic, what comes through all his narration is respect and sympathy for the victims. He explains that profiling is an investigation into the why of a crime, and why this is important in solving certain types of crime.He also details the interviews he and another agent had with convicted serial killers and how this has helped him and other agents fine tune their investigative skills. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about investigative technique (profiling) and psychology.
  • (4/5)
    If you're a CSI fan, this is the book for you. Enthralling descriptions of horrific crimes; if you've ever doubted some people are simply born evil, this will cure that conviction. A little self-serving (we heard a few too many times how hard he worked and how skeptical people were), but given the results--getting some of these people off the the streets--he's earned the indulgence.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not really a "true crime" guy -- generally hate that stuff, but I found this on my dad's bookshelf a few years ago and it was pretty fascinating.