Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 26, 1998 - True Crime - 384 pages
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Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.

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 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.
 

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User Review  - seasonsoflove - LibraryThing

This was a fascinating look at how criminal profiling got started in the FBI, written by the man who was so integral to its application. Douglas discusses in detail how profiling was used in many ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElizaJane - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Must Be in Hell I
1
Inside the Mind of a Killer 13
13
My Mothers Name Was Holmes 27
27
Betting on Raindrops
47
Between Two Worlds
64
Behavioral Science or BS?
85
Taking the Show on the Road
99
The Heart of Darkness
126
Atlanta
211
One of Our Own
240
The Most Dangerous Game
254
Who Killed the AllAmerican Girl?
277
Hurting the Ones We Love
301
God Wants You to Join Shari Faye
316
Anyone Can Be a Victim
340
Battle of the Shrinks
363

The Killer Will Have a Speech Impediment
154
Walking in the Shoes
178
Everybody Has a Rock
194
Sometimes the Dragon Wins
390
Index
411
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John E. Douglas is a former FBI special agent, the Bureau’s criminal profiling pioneer and one of the creators of the Crime Classification Manual. He is currently a consultant on criminal investigative analysis and the author, with Mark Olshaker, of Journey Into Darkness, The Anatomy of Motive, The Cases That Haunt Us, and Law & Disorder, among others.

Mark Olshaker is a novelist, nonfiction author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. He has written and produced numerous documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated PBS NOVA program Mind of a Serial Killer.

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