The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to Jonbenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Unravels the Mysteries That Won't Go Away

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to Jonbenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Unravels the Mysteries That Won't Go Away

by Mark Olshaker, John E. Douglas
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are at all interested in true crimes, these are the most intriguing. The book gives you info into the crimes themselves then takes you through the thought process and the evidence(or lack there of) to come to the most logical and scientific conclusion. Definately a must read for the true crime buffs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writers gave awesome details of the murders. Some of the book is biased because the author put his life experiences into different theories and things like that. Some parts were sloww but it was a good book overall.
KennyS More than 1 year ago
If you like true crime and the subtle details behind the scenes, then I highly recommend this book. Investigations of major unsolved cases were clearly broken down in a detailed and fascinating manner, yet in a somewhat layman, attainable style. I enjoyed every case and learned something new about all of them. From the Ripper, to Borden, to JonBenet Ramsey, the book spans a wide variety of unsolved crimes from various time periods. I highly recommend this book.
CrazykidsMommy More than 1 year ago
I have always had some interest in the cases profiled in this book. They are all haunting, indeed... The book is filled with a myriad of fascinating (although most times disturbing) details about the crimes. The author obviously is very good at what he does. He breaks each case down into several key components that help him (and the reader) draw their own conclusions regarding who COULD have commited these crimes & why. Although I did enjoy most of the chapters, I found that some of the book was just repeating itself. I suppose that is to be expected. There are only so many elements to a crime that can be examined. If you enjoy forensics/investigations/mysteries then I would bet you would enjoy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite part of this book was centered around the JonBenet murder investigation. I loved how Douglas supported his theory of the case with reasonable evidence that pointed away from the Ramseys. Before I read this book, I was really not sure what to believe about who was the real perpetrator, but after finishing that chapter, I concluded that it was just not logical to believe that the Ramseys -- especially Patsy, as others like Steve Thomas have suggested -- killed their daughter. So if you would like another point of view regarding that particular case, this is a good book to read. Douglas also covers other famous cases and murderers (or murder suspects) such as Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, the Zodiac Killer, and the Linbergh kidnapping. Overall, an outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very interested in criminology and particulary forensics and criminal profiling and have been researching it for years. I found this book was well written but the information it provided was basic. I mostly skipped the section on Jack the Ripper as I had read it all before in various other books. The Black Dahlia case intrigues me, but again there wasn't really anything new here. I most enjoyed the Zodiac section, however I was dissapointed that it was not explored with more depth, but rather glossed over in terms of suspects. The crimes themselves were well documented but the potential suspects were virtually never mentioned. In all this is a good book, but it provides only a very basic introduction to these already famous crimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to those who are curious about finding out more information on famous cases that remain unsolved like the Jack the Ripper & JonBenet Ramsey cases. John Douglas gives a well written overview of these cases, providing a lot of detailed information while stating some of his own views on what he believes what happened. THE CASES THAT HAUNT US is a must have for the personal book shelves of those interested or working in the Criminal Justice field just like my recommended books below.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on cold cases
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting and informational. Although there were parts that were somewhat boring, I still consider this a must-read for any true crime buff. Douglas's insights and expertise certainly gave me a new view on some cases I thought differently about before reading this book. I plan on reading his other works now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. If you can get past the "yay me" that John Douglas seems to be doing a lot of then you'll probably find it interesting, too.
Deefrommi More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in true crime stories. You hear so much miss information in the media when true crime happens it is nice to get the prespective from a person who deals in facts. It is so easy for people to jump to conclusions and accuse people without following the facts. It is suposed to be inocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. Very interesting reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Author was very thorough with each individual case and explained in plain english and not a bunch of POLICE AND MEDICAL jargon the circumstances surrrounding each case and who he thinks is the culprit. Couldnt put the book down! Very good!
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BeethovenRH More than 1 year ago
There is a certain arrogance and simmering misogyny in this book. Prostitutes and "loose women" are killed. What do you expect, right? That's the implication of the author. I was at least tolerating his theories until the chapter on JonBenet Ramsey. Unbelievable that he believes that some demented soul came out of the night and killed the girl. He excuses the parents again and again. He theorizes that they were happy and life was good and gosh darn it! Why would either parent kill their own daughter. That only happens in poor families, you know. And that's another thing. According to the author, it appears only poor folks commit crimes. That's right. No one rich - like the Ramseys or Duke of England - would bloody their hands. Sorry, his reasons aren't good enough. He pretends to know a lot more than he could possibly know about the Ramseys, et al. Won't waste my time reading this arrogant tripe.
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