Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice

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Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2013 - Political Science - 404 pages
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"For twenty-five years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where he headed the elite Investigative Support Unit. The real-life model for FBI Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, he's had a brilliant and terrifying career, getting inside the minds of notorious murderers and serial killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam). Written with long-time collaborator Mark Olshaker, Law & Disorder is Douglas' most provocative and personal book to date. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional's worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed...or even denied. Through a series of character-driven case histories--from the earliest trials in Salem, Massachusetts to the bungled trial of Amanda Knox--Douglas shows what happens when the system breaks down and bias, media coverage, and other influences get in the way of a dispassionate pursuit of the evidence. Here also are Douglas' personal reflections on his ongoing search for the truth--from painful lessons learned early in his career to his controversial findings in the West Memphis Three and Jon Benet Ramsey investigations. Brimming with procedural detail, Law & Disorder is an eye-opening insider's account of the exhilaration and frustration that attend the quest for justice."--from publisher's description.

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Review: Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice

User Review  - Alana - Goodreads

I liked this book as it dealt with the angle of justice. More than just a retelling of the crimes, persons involved, and outcomes, this book deals with the miscarriage of justice. Many famous cases ... Read full review

Review: Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice

User Review  - Erin Tuzuner - Goodreads

Douglas's arrogance is a bit offputting, and some of the dialogue between him and whatever yokel is keeping him from the TRUTH is laughable, but the underlying theme of the court of public opinion is fascinating. Read full review

About the author (2013)

Douglas was the founder & head of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit for 15 years

Novelist and journalist Mark Olshaker was born in Washington, D.C., on February 28, 1951. He graduated from George Washington University in 1972. Olshaker was a special correspondent for the St. Louis Dispatch in the 1970s. Although best known for his collaborations with former FBI profiler and world-renowned criminal psychologist John Douglas (beginning with Mindhunter), he also written Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World, and The Edge. As a filmmaker, he was the writer and director of Discovering Hamlet (1990), a behind-the-scenes documentary of Kenneth Branagh's first theatrical encounter with the character he would eventually bring to the big screen.

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