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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit
     

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit

by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
 
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

Overview

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,

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the first to develop the specialty of "criminal-personality profiling," Douglas has written a readable, popular version of his earlier Sexual Homicide (Lexington, 1988). He discusses how FBI profilers, working from crime scene evidence, predict the type of personality who committed a serial murder. Accurate profiles-such as that of Wayne Williams, the Atlanta child killer-can help focus on likely suspects. Profiling can also suggest proactive steps for luring the culprit into contacting the police. Unfortunately, a profile is apt to "fit a lot of people." As the unsolved Green River Killer case attests, it cannot substitute for hard evidence. Although profiling has limitations not emphasized in this semiautobiographical account, Douglas is justifiably proud of its success. Recommended for true crime collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/95.]-Gregor A. Preston, formerly with Univ. of California Lib., Davis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099435679
Publisher:
Arrow Books, Limited
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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