Killer Charm: The Double Lives of Psychopaths: From the Files of Linda Fairstein [NOOK Book]

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Linda Fairstein unmasks the true face of psychopathy, and reveals the warning signs that every woman should know

The 2009 “Craigslist Killer” murder case shocked America, not just because of the heinous nature of the crimes but because their perpetrator—a handsome young law student with an unsuspecting girlfriend—seemed a very unlikely suspect. This killer, like others before him, had learned to leverage his charm and golden-boy looks to lure...
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Killer Charm: The Double Lives of Psychopaths: From the Files of Linda Fairstein

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Linda Fairstein unmasks the true face of psychopathy, and reveals the warning signs that every woman should know

The 2009 “Craigslist Killer” murder case shocked America, not just because of the heinous nature of the crimes but because their perpetrator—a handsome young law student with an unsuspecting girlfriend—seemed a very unlikely suspect. This killer, like others before him, had learned to leverage his charm and golden-boy looks to lure his victims, a skill many psychopaths learn to master. In Killer Charm, legal expert Linda Fairstein draws on her decades of experience in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to uncover what traits psychopaths often share, and how to spot them. She illustrates these points with the stories of some of America’s most notorious sex criminals, such as Ted Bundy and Marvin Teicher.
 
Originally published in Cosmopolitan, this essay is now available in digital format for the first time and features a new introduction by the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453273234
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: From the Files of Linda Fairstein , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 4
  • Sales rank: 85,786
  • File size: 342 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Fairstein


Linda Fairstein is one of America’s foremost legal experts on violent crimes against women and children, and a former chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s pioneering Special Victims Bureau. She developed many of the techniques that have revolutionized the prosecution of sexual predators, including her early introduction of DNA as a forensic tool. Fairstein is also the author of an internationally bestselling series of crime novels featuring her fictional alter ego, Alex Cooper. The fourteenth book in the series, Night Watch, was published in July 2012. Fairstein has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan magazine since 2002. Visit her website at lindafairstein.com.

Biography

Linda Fairstein is passionate about putting sex offenders behind bars and had done just that many times, both in real life -- as one of New York City's premier sex crimes prosecutors -- and in her fiction, with her popular series of Alex Cooper mysteries.

Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Fairstein attended Vassar College, where she majored in English literature. She went on to receive a law degree from the prestigious University of Virginia School of Law in 1972. In November of that year, Fairstein was assigned to the staff of the New York County District Attorney's office and was soon heading up the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, where she developed a reputation as one of the toughest prosecutors in the office's history. Fairstein spent the next two decades dedicating herself to nailing the worst of the city's sexual offenders, working on such high-profile cases as the Preppy Murder and the Central Park Jogger.

In 1993, Fairstein was named "Woman of the Year" by New Woman and Glamour magazines. A year later, her groundbreaking nonfiction book, Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape, was named a Notable Book by The New York Times.

Fairstein's first foray into fiction writing was 1994's Final Jeopardy, which introduced the tough, savvy assistant D.A. Alexandra "Alex" Cooper -- a character close to the author's own identity -- who was well received by fans and critics. As Publishers Weekly noted, Alex's "greatest appeal lies in the warmth of her friendships, the humanness of her mistakes and her unswerving devotion to protecting the next female from harm."

Since then, Fairstein has continued to chronicle Alex Cooper's crime-solving adventures in a string of bestsellers that draws on the author's thoroughgoing knowledge of the legal system and longtime affection for the Big Apple. A believer in public service, Fairstein sits on the board of directors of several nonprofit groups, among them the National Center for Victims of Crime, Phoenix House Foundation, and New York Women's Agenda, and has also served on President Clinton's Violence Against Women Advisory Council, New York Women's Agenda Domestic Violence Committee, the American College of Trial Lawyers, The Women's Forum, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

In an interview on her publisher's web site, Fairstein explains that her career and her life's mission are one in the same: "I think so much more is possible in terms of what we are able to give women who have been victims of violence and how they can triumph in a courtroom," Fairstein reflects. "So to take this -- the professional life I've had over the last 30 years and to mix it with the great pleasure of writing -- is something I never dreamed I'd actually be able to accomplish."

Good To Know

Fairstein is married to Justin Feldman, a lawyer who helped run Robert F. Kennedy's 1964 United States Senate campaign.

Fairstein has admitted to having her eye on the post of United States Attorney General, and in fact interviewed for that position in 1993.

Cold Hit made President Clinton's highly-publicized vacation reading list in 1999.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 5, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mount Vernon, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Vassar College, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    VicMars

    Nice. Youre a pretty good trainer, Tillia! Maybe we can battle sometime!

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

    A bit of a dissapointment. Very short, and offers no real insigh

    A bit of a dissapointment. Very short, and offers no real insights. It reads more like a prequel to a novel at around 12 pages. Nevertheless, the article itself is interesting, and talks about the peculiar charm of killers. If this was novel-length, I would have enjoyed it more. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Tillia

    Ok thanks. Worth to be Pokemon trainer. Thanks. We will!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Non gym

    Open type grass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Lousy rip-off.

    This is a 12 page "book." Linda, you're up to your old tricks again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Killer Charm

    Linda, Are you being charmed by a psychopath to sell your old, rough draft, school work as books? Or are you the psycho-path who just charmed us? Whatever...it was a true dissapoint!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    repeats

    Doesn't hold attention

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    I am a criminal psychologist and while the information was "

    I am a criminal psychologist and while the information was "on target" I expected considerably more information on this topic. The author is very capable of providing much more information even for $0.99. I am interested in her expertise, not her attempts to add to her coffers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Short; Very Accurate

    I did not expect this to be so short, however it was very accurate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

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