Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

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—the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671528904
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 08/01/1996
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
GonzoRN More than 1 year ago
At the end of this book you come away feeling as though you have been through a lot of this with Mr. Douglas, and you have a strong since of who Mr. Douglas and his team are. If at some point you are not disturbed by this book there is something wrong. You find yourself feeling for, and with, John throughout the book. To start you find yourself in the middle of something that had to leave him shaken and worried. Then you have to follow the hard work (mentally and physically) that John had to go through to hone his craft. He truly proves to be one of the best ever in the business. This is the first of John Douglas' books that I have read and I can't wait to dive in to the next one I can put my hands on. If you have interest in true crime, serial killers, violent crime, or the hard work and stress that profilers have to go through, make sure you have this book, and when you are done keep it for reference. This book is fully indexed so it is easy to find what you are looking for. For either the veteran true crime enthusiast or your first look into the dark underbelly of human race, make sure to pick up this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Manhunter both disturbing and fascinating . First and foremost I believe the people in the Investigative Support Unit deserve a great deal of thanks for their work. It is traumatic experience to put yourself in the mind of the serial killer and or victim. This book shows that this is what must be done to solve these cases. It shows that a keen understanding of behavior can turn up leads for investigators which may go unnoticed in a classic investigation. I also learned that parental support during a child¿s younger years can either help them lead a full and rewarding life. The lack of it can lead to consequences that are shown in this book. Serial killers are made, not born. I loved the part where John Douglas lays into a psychiatrist who believes a particular criminal is almost ready for release. Douglas asks if the psychiatrist knows the details of his crime. He doesn¿t and when John informs him he becomes irate. Well too bad, I¿m glad John stood up to this guy. He has no idea this criminal can¿t be rehabilitated. If he gets out he will kill again. It has been proven time and time again. Don¿t read this book if you don¿t have a strong stomach. If you do read it expect to be VERY affected by it.
tattooedmommie More than 1 year ago
Being a criminology major, loving true crime and interested in the mind of serial killers, this was a great read. I've heard of John Douglas in regards to his association with big profile serial killer cases but never really felt that I "got to know him" more. Not only did you get to "get to know" John Douglas but you get to see more of how the FBI's elite serial crime unit grew into what it is today!
JWWitness-III More than 1 year ago
I read this book. It had some interesting information in it. I like the book but it seems that the author John Douglas likes to take credit for a lot of things that Robert Ressler did before him. The Author comes across as certifiably narcissistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while home alone for a weekend while my husband was away...NOT a good idea! I just couldn't put it down and was scared. You'll never look at your neighbor or an unmarked white van again!
eversewenglish More than 1 year ago
Dear John, I just finished pouring over your book Mind Hunter, the one you signed and gave to Mac as a gift. Thank you for your pages of experience. Congrats on a well written book!! I just had to let you know how much I appreciate your line of work and the efforts of your investigative career path travelled. I feel blessed as a citizen to know that there are agents like you and those you have trained and influenced, working hard to keep up with the increasing sophisication of criminals out there. You have am amazing thought process, and it is astonishing to read how you have broken down information to uncover criminals identities. I am the daughter of a murderer, so it was why I picked up your book to read so that I would learn something about criminal minds. My father murdered my mother in 1979, in England in our home. I have spent my life agonizing over his act, and live through the damage he caused to our family, not to mention my mothers life being ended at age 36. Your book touches why he choce the method he used and on his personality type " if I can have her, know one can", my father would make such threats over the years and no one thought he would ever carry out his statement, he was perceived as a "salt of the earth type of guy" to outsiders, but inside our home I knew a different person. If you ever feel up to it, I would love to talk, there are aspects surrounding my mothers case I would love some answers on. I want to send you a "Big" congratulations, on a superb book that enlightens the public on criminal conduct. I feel educated now to keep my wits about me when dealing with the public at large. I can imagine the toll your job in the past took on you and your family. I hope now you are enjoying your retirement and are able to live a peaceful exsistance. Your life deserves a well earned rest. We would love to have dinner sometime with you and Pam. I'm going to research which one of your books I want to read next. Bravo John Bravo. Gratefully... Jennifer Church
Ismael Morales 9 months ago
"Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit" by John E Douglas, is a story about John E Douglas one of the FBI's best agent. The book was published back in 1998. This book is very similar to the book "Signature killers" as they both go inside the mind of America's most dangerous killers. The book takes place in Michigan State. This book is in 3rd point of view because the character is telling his own story and constantly uses I, he and she throughout. The Protagonist is John Douglas who has just been promoted from a clerk to a Special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Along with the promotion comes a great amount of stress and fear because he knows nothing about being an agent. This book is very similar to the book "Signature Killers" by Robert Keppel as they both visualize the very gruesome murders that criminals participate in. Murder is also a recurring theme in this book as every criminal that he interviews explains to him how and why they murdered. For example on page 108 it depicts one of the murders by stating "Kemper went into her room and attacked her repeatedly with a claw hammer until she died. He then decapitated her and raped her headless corpse." Overall, I would give this book a 10 out of 10. I give it this rating because it kept me interested with all the stories of murder. I recommend this book for people who are pursuing a career of law enforcement such as me. Because of the disturbing and gruesome murders that this story depicts I would only recommend this book for people in high school or older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Anatomy of Motive is better.
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This book is good, and if you're a Criminal Minds fan, you'll see how they use some of the real situations and scenarios. It only gets three stars, though, because the book is too expensive. Ebooks shouldn't cost nearly $20.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite books...
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Quite possibly my favorite book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much of an easy read for my taste. I also found it as a bragging work of a typical law enforcer. I was exspecting more it was really albout him.
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Very interesting and fascinating read.
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Very informative book. I wish the FBI would've gotten involved in the still unsolved multi-murder case, in the book I'm recommending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After years of having watched countless movies and tv shows about profiling, I decided to check out this book which details the beginning of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). John Douglas's life is the basis of the first third of the book, but is very well-written and engaging. By the time I reached the true delving into the criminal mind in the middle third of the book, I really enjoyed Douglas as a "character". Highly recommend to anyone interested in the real history of criminal profiling and behavior analysis.
M-Pritchard More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book as far as learning about criminal profiling, so long as you can read through Mr. Douglas' narcissism. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author did a good job of explaining many cases and giving readers a better understanding of criminal profiling. IMO, there was a little but too much grandstanding & self promotion...but some of it was likely unavoidable in telling the true story. I enjoyed gaining perspective of the FBI's tactics for "looking into the mind of a serial killer." I also appreciated that he included information about the impact of such a career on ones personal life, physically and as it relates to family life.
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