Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

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 twenty five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious andIn 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 twenty five 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.
Mindhunter Inside the FBI s Elite Serial Crime Unit 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 hi

  • Title: Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • Author: John E. Douglas Mark Olshaker
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  • Page: 474
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    1. This review is going to be as much about comparing it to the new Netflix series as it is the book itself. You have been warned.John Douglas was a FBI agent who spent most of his career working for its Behavioral Science Unit. Along with other agents Douglas interviewed a wide variety of violent offenders including such notorious figures as Charles Manson, Richard Speck, and David Berkowitz, and then he tried to apply what they learned to develop criminal profiles of active unsolved cases. If you [...]

    2. So John Douglas is great when he’s talking about serial rape and child murder, and then he’s intensely obnoxious when he’s talking about anything else. So I guess it’s a good thing he mostly talks about rape and murder?And when I say “John Douglas,” by the way, I mean John Douglas or his co/ghost writer, because who knows who wrote what. All I know is when this book talks about crime, it’s focused and intelligent and compassionate. And when it’s talking about anything else – th [...]

    3. “Behavior reflects personality. The best indicator of future violence is past violence. To understand the "artist", you must study his "art". The crime must be evaluated in its totality. There is no substitute for experience, and if you want to understand the criminal mind, you must go directly to the source and learn to decipher what he tells you. And, above all: Why + How = Who.”Special Agent John Douglas is the man who helped usher in a new age in behavioural science and criminal profilin [...]

    4. A Heads Up for the New Netflix Series, Mindhunter * * * * * Spoiler FreeI am always looking for something to catch my interest and from the start Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris did it for me back in the day I read the book and was stunned and then the movie came out.It captured the feel of the book for me in so many ways. The all star cast of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glen will forever in our minds be the first to talk about and show what a serial killer can beThere was some [...]

    5. the mindhunter tv show on netflix has literally both made and ruined my lifei have so much uni work but all i can do is watch netflixlisten buzzfeed unsolves: true crime JUST ended and mindhunter comes into my life? its like the universe is enabling my true crime interestsnaturally i have to further destroy my life and read the book

    6. I purchased this book recently having read the rave reviews received for the series of the same name on Netflix. I am an avid thriller reader and fascinated by most things related to crime so found this account by John Edward Douglas who is a former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and one of the first criminal profilers a very informative read. He recounts some of the cases he has dealt with, many of which are house old names such as Charles Manson and Ted Bundy and giv [...]

    7. Whew, a thoroughly taxing, but absorbing read. Certainly a lot of information to be processed, and most of it not very pleasant. John Douglas relates in an almost casual, understated style his lifelong hunt for serial killers, kidnappers and rapists. Chilling and consuming, it provides some sharp insight into not only deviant behaviour, but human nature itself.Douglas is one of the fathers of modern day profiling. He was the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs. He interviewed and [...]

    8. Ok, this is pure wow. The fact that the author doesn't adopt the 'holier than thou stance' so common with law enforcement makes this an extremely enjoyable as well as worthwhile read.Q:In high school, I was already six foot two, which I used to my advantage. Talent-wise, we were a so-so team in a good league, and I knew it was up to the pitcher to try to be a field leader and set a winning tone. I had pretty good control for a high schooler, but I decided not to let the opposing batters know thi [...]

    9. When I started sixth form college to begin my A levels I had this strange idea that psychology would be amazing, and I'd get to learn all about the criminal mind and my inner self. Funnily enough, after a week I realised it wasn't about this at all and I transferred to Geography instead (wise decision). I discovered this book, like most people at the moment, via the Netflix show of the same name, which I loved. And this book was similar in that it gave me everything I hoped I'd get out of that c [...]

    10. This is probably the true crime novel of all true crime novels, the one every fan of this genre should add to the top of their reading list. Mindhunter covers the story of several infamous criminals from "The Killer Clown" (John Wayne Gacy), to the pseudohippie Charles Manson. It was detailed, well-written and it shows how this crime until brought these criminals and many more to justice.

    11. John Douglas e seu colega Robert Ressler foram as pedras fundamentais da análise comportamental como ferramenta de investigação do FBI e, por esse pioneirismo, a leitura é válida, mas é claro que outros livros, filmes e séries já abordaram o tema em mais detalhes após a publicação dessa obra (original de 1995). Recomendado pra quem curte o tema e está começando a ler mais sobre o assunto, e também pra quem quer um complemento da série da Netflix.

    12. Ok so I’m obviously late to the party on this, 20 years late.Like most people I heard about this after watching the Netflix show of the same name, directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Gone Girl and Zodiac). I really enjoyed the show and so I thought I’d give the book a go, to see how the facts match up from the show. Answer is the show is very accurate in most of it.Before we start - This book is non-fiction and they based the movie Silence of the lambs from some of their work. So t [...]

    13. I must say, this book is a mixed bag. The story of the development of criminal profiling is certainly an interesting one, but I don't believe that Mr. Douglas deserves quite as much credit as he is willing to give himself. He also freely characterizes the killers in this book as monsters. Having worked with a number of this kind of person, I tend to see them more as broken human beings who deserve to be punished. The "monster" epithet implies that society has no responsibility in the way these k [...]

    14. Quando John está falando sobre criminologia e serial killers, ele fala de forma primorosa. Aborda assuntos e explana casos que resolveu enquanto trabalhava para o FBI, ou seja, o cara sabe do que tá falando. O meu problema com a narrativa começou quando ele precisava, em todo caso citado, falar do quão bom ele é (e de como ele mudou a história do FBI), srsly, qual a necessidade de afirmar e REAFIRMAR isso durante boa parte do livro? Qualquer pessoa, lendo o que ele estava escrevendo, notar [...]

    15. This book is written buy one of the FBI's top profiles, John Douglas. The man has worked on the cases that are world renowned for being some of the most psychotic killings to date. He has researched killers and rapists, helped police officers catch the most dangerous of criminals, and taught local law enforcement how to pick out the warning signs of chronic offenders and dangerous people. This book tells of his life and how he came to be the man that would one day be the inspiration for Jack Cra [...]

    16. This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.I think a fun fact about me is that the first time I ever contemplated being a psychologist (of any type, too) was when I started getting into serial killers. God, I was such a nerd about serial killer facts. I could tell you all about Ted Bundy’s upbringing, John Wayne Gacy’s crimes, Jeffrey Dahmer’s near miss with the police. I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. I wanted to be a profiler.Now, I see what John Douglas does as a whol [...]

    17. As a fan of criminal behaviour studies and of the literature surrounding it (including Silence of the Lands and Criminal Minds), this was a fascinating read for me. I did feel like it read as a bit boastful but if I had set the department up then maybe I would boast about it :)I want to know when this type of profiling DOESN'T work, but also more modern cases. Sequel please :)

    18. An interesting autobiographical type book detailing the authors career in the then new speciality of criminal profiling. This was an intriguing and detailed read as the author examines how profiling is developed and used to study the most depraved crimes. Notes are made of more notorious crimes and criminals and many more that are less well known but equally important nonetheless.Much of the writing is technical but still relatively easy to digest. As a reader from the UK, I found it particularl [...]

    19. Maybe this is one of the best books I've read this year. Or maybe my opinion is biased. :P (Netflix's Mindhunter fan )I've been searching for this book for a while and couldn't find it. But thanks again to our modern pirates for uploading those masterpieces. :PThis memoir of J. Douglas was like heaven to me. It was like I was there in Quantico working for FBI.Also the profiling of the criminals was the best part. Reminded me of deduction method of Sherlock Holmes.This memoir was realistic. Dougl [...]

    20. I liked this book. John Douglas was one of the original profilers in the FBI and spent a lot of time interviewing these criminals and studying them. As well as getting gravely ill while working on the Green River Case. I think it would be really hard to separate from the evil they see.

    21. Στον μυαλό των Σήριαλ Κιλερς- John DouglasΟ John Douglas είναι από τους ανθρώπους που βοήθησαν στο να εδραιωθεί η τακτική του profiling, δηλαδή να παίρνεις στοιχεία από την σκηνή του εγκλήματος και να προσπαθείς να φτιάξεις την εικόνα ενός δολοφόνου. Μέσα στο βιβλίο ο Douglas μας μιλάει για πά [...]

    22. This is how Mindhunter works: Douglas tells us about a crime, like a young girl who was raped and left for dead or a twenty-something who was murdered and tied up in an odd position in line with some odd ritualistic fantasy. From that he explains how he profiled the suspect: usually it's a male in his late twenties to early thirties who dresses scruffily and has next to no social skills. Finally, he relays how he went about catching said suspect. The book is repetitive in this nature, but might [...]

    23. I don't know how to rate this book. It was informative. It was horrifying to read about case after case of torture, rape, and murder. I almost DNF this one, although I hardly ever abandon a book after I've reached page 50 or so. Also, while I understand this memoir is a product of its time and place, whew! The sexism of the FBI in these decades. Why does a description of a female colleague have to be along the lines of "a smashing blonde" and such, as if this evaluation of her beauty increases t [...]

    24. I'm not giving this a star rating because the subject isn't something you can exactly 'enjoy' that said, it's well written, graphic, revealing, intense all these things.I'm not finishing the book, and my excuse for doing so is nothing to do with the graphic or worrying content - and everything to do with the size of the print. My eyes just cannot handle the tiny writing!So it's back to my Kindle for me, where I can increase the font and my next book is nothing to do with serial killers or murder [...]

    25. As primeiras páginas são uma seca,focando-se demasiado na vida pessoal do autor. A partir do momento em que conhecemos os casos, os assassinos, como foram apanhados e a contribuição que deram ao FBI o livro melhora imenso

    26. I was familiar with a lot of these cases, but knowing that Douglas had a hand in so many of them was amazing. We read this for a My Favorite Murder themed book club (we all brought hometown murders to talk about) and everyone liked this book (although we all also agreed that Douglas often repeated information and tended to jump back and forth in time line and that the chapters were too long- I listened to the audio, so I didn't have a problem with chapter length). If you're a fan of the Netflix [...]

    27. If you're deeply fascinated by criminology (and you're curious about the history of profiling), or you're a big fan of John E. Douglas, this book might be worth checking out. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a straightforward presentation of serial offender types and example cases, you're going to want to skip this one.Douglas clearly fancies himself a bit of a storyteller, but he lacks any sense of drama or poetry that might make the book more readable. Instead, he comes off as a bit f [...]

    28. This is a very interesting true crime book. It looks at crimes that are not as well known or prolific as some others. If you enjoy shows like criminal minds than you will probably really enjoy this book.

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