He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.
He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris's thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after 25 years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.
With journalist Mark Olshaker, he gives us a behind the scenes look at his fascinating career, revisiting his journeys into the dark recesses and calculated madness present only in our worst nightmares. This is the true-crime work everyone has been waiting for -- by the Mind Hunter himself.
©1995 John Douglas (P)1995 Simon & Schuster
For true crime buffs, this is a must read. This is the guy who created the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico (though it's called something else now, this is the most recognizable title). Definitely recommend this for anyone interested in criminal profiling, FBI, law enforcement, serial killers, and again, true crime.
I really, really wish there were an unabridged version of this.
I loved to hear the behind the scenes thought process on how they profiled the suspects.
Learning how the Crime Unit was formed and some of the cases that were discussed.
No energy. Dull.
I was sorry to hear that his relationship didn't work out, but that he was still close friends with his ex-wife. That seems to be the case for most people in Law Enforcement.
I plan on listening to all of his other books regardless of the way it was performed because I know that he was one of the leading profilers in his field.
I would listen to it again.
The truth, nothing was left to the imagination.
I also have the book; it gives you more detail. I wish the audio wasn't abridged so that you could get all the information.
I was bummed out when I realized this story was "un"abridged. I wanted to hear more of his process and case files.
When I was a kid I'd love to have anyone to read to me, now I've grown picky I was thinking when I spend money I want to hear a pro. However John didn't have an unpleasant voice and it was okay. Next time get a professional narrator.
I am a big fan of Douglas, and very much enjoyed this book and will listen to his others. Facinating to say the least. His work inspired me to change my career field after 25 years of nursing- to go into computer forensics. He does a wonderful job at reading his own work. Anatomy of Motive was the first of his work I read and I have been a fan ever since. I recommend this book very much.
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