Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predatorsby Roger L. Depue
He was a pioneer in modern law enforcement, a trailblazing leader in the hunt for serial killers. But after decades of staring deep into the darkness, he entered a seminary to search for the good... BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL No one gets closer to evil than a criminal profiler, trained to penetrate the hearts and minds of society's most vicious psychopaths. And no one… See more details below
He was a pioneer in modern law enforcement, a trailblazing leader in the hunt for serial killers. But after decades of staring deep into the darkness, he entered a seminary to search for the good... BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL No one gets closer to evil than a criminal profiler, trained to penetrate the hearts and minds of society's most vicious psychopaths. And no one is a more towering figure in the world of criminal profilers than Roger L. Depue. Chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit at a time when its innovative work first came to prominence, he headed a renowned team of mind hunters that included John Douglas, Robert Ressler, and Roy Hazelwood. In a subbasement sixty feet under the Academy gun vault in Quantico, he broke new ground with analytical techniques and training programs that are still used today. After retiring from the FBI, he founded an elite forensics group that consulted on high-profile cases, including the Martha Moxley and JonBenet Ramsey murders, and the Columbine school shootings. But coming face-to-face with the darkest deeds human beings are capable of took a horrific toll. After suffering a devastating personal loss, Depue, on the brink of despair, walked away from the outside world and joined a seminary. For three years this was his safe haven, a place where he exorcised personal demons and found a refuge from terrifying memories of real-life monsters. And it was there, while counseling maximum security inmates, that he rediscovered the capacity for goodness in people, and made the decision to return to the world to resume his work. Here is Depue's extraordinary personal account, from growing up as a police officer's son to tracking down some of today's most brutal murderers. With its harrowing descriptions of human depravity and passionate call to fight against evil, BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL is both a riveting dispatch from the front lines of a war against human predators...and the powerful story of one man's journey between darkness and redemption.
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Hunter or hunted? If we were given a choice it seems probable that most of us would choose to be the hunter rather than the quarry. However, it sometimes occurs to me that both are fraught with danger. The hunted, quite obviously fears being captured. The one in pursuit of a criminal might fear for his life if he comes too close to a killer. So, for the pursuer there is fear, unbelievable stress, and sometimes utter horror at what human beings have done. As time passes, a culmination of these emotions might result in severe depression, which is precisely what happened to Roger Depue. He became so overcome by despair that he entered a seminary. He remained there for three years, healing and ridding himself of terrifying memories. With healing came a desire to return to the world and once more begin his task of tracking murderers by criminal profiling. He draws on his experiences as Deputy Chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit and a forensics group that he founded to tell his remarkable story. It is his group that was consulted in the murders of Martha Moxley and JonBenet Ramsey. Veteran theatre and film actor David Povall brings strength and empathetic understanding to this story of a man who has devoted his life to fighting evil. - Gail Cooke
Unlike any true crime book ever written. It's every bit the page-turner that The Silence of the Lambs is, and its depiction of predators and their crimes is just gut-wrenching. But beyond this it is a profound exploration of the nature of evil in our time, and at once fills you with dread and hope for the future. I read it in one sitting and I'll never forget it.
I couldn't put it down. This book is an amazing piece of work written by a truely amazing man. If you really want to gain an idea about some the evils the world produces and the heros who fight against them, read this book. It is one of those books that you sit down with and before you konw it you are 100 pages into it.
I'm about half way through (will probably finish tonight) and this book is interesting and well written. I'm hoping it maintains my interest as it gets even further into Depue's career. Should be a winner, judging thus far.