Master FBI profiler John Douglas and acclaimed journalist/filmmaker Mark Olshaker international bestselling authors of Mindhunter and Journey into Darkness pair up once again to journey into the minds and souls of both the hunters and the hunted in Obsession: The FBI's Legendary Profiler Probes the Psyches of Killers, Rapists, and Stalkers and Their Victims and Tells How To Fight Back.
In Obsession, Douglas and Olshaker highlight the key issues, cases, and emotions of interpersonal crimes and provide an in-depth examination of crimes that are committed primarily against women and the elderly. They draw upon some of the compelling cases Douglas has investigated in his 25 years with the FBI and as the founder and head of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit for 15 years. Examining cases such as Ronnie Shelton, the serial rapist who terrorized Cleveland; the stalking and killing of Rebecca Shaeffer (who starred in television's "My Sister Sam"); and New York's "preppie murder," Douglas and Olshaker provide insight into what really drives criminals to commit these crimes. They also delve into the FBI files to draw upon the cases of infamous serial killers Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, and Gary Heidnick (the three obsessional killers who made up the composite character of Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs,) to give us an understanding of the motivations behind interpersonal crime.
Obsession is also a call to action. In the chapter "Fighting Back," Douglas and Olshaker tell readers, womeninparticular, what they must do to prevent themselves and their families from becoming potential victims. They describe "Survivor Groups" that help the families of the victims of violent crimes, showing how these groups can help people move beyond their pain to bring about important legislation as well as awareness of interpersonal crime.
Obsession is vital reading for anyone seeking to understand and prevent violent crime.