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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

Morrison, a leading expert on serial killers, has spent as many as 400 hours alone with depraved murderers. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She conducted the last interview with Ed Gein, the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards, and gave her his paintings as presents. Dr. Morrison has received letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims, and the spouses and parents of the killers.

Through it all, Dr. Morrison's goal has been to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.

©2004 Helen Morrison and Harold Goldberg; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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Interesting

If you could sum up My Life Among the Serial Killers in three words, what would they be?

This book was interesting, but a bit scary. I think it's scary cause serial killers look like everyone else. It's their thinking their actions that sets them apart. The ones described in this book had no feelings or conscience about those they harmed or killed. Several felt as if they were superior to their victims and most everyone else.

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Insightful but not exciting

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book provided some interesting insights into the personality of serial killers. Their interaction with the author during interviews was fascinating. Unfortunately, the book had parts that were surplusage, including passages about the author's personal life that were uneccessary and trite. Overall the book lacked a focus and intensity appropriate to the subject.

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Credibility questionable

I found this author's talents for perhaps profiling credible, but I can't remember even one instance where her profiling led to an arrest, or a "gotcha" moment. Most of her conclusions were, in her words, "Here is what I believe happened..." which in my opinion is just her opinion; nothing more, nothing less. Of course I could be just prejudiced against someone who did not hesitate to malign law enforcement....

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Contrary to other reviews, I did not think Helen Morrison's voice was boring, but eerily calm. The stories are intense and as expected, creepy. The only reason I am not giving a full 5 stars is that towards the end of the novel she talks about how her life/family has dealt with her career, that was the only boring part.

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Loved it!

Worth every penny. I couldn't put it down! Informative and insightful. If you are interested in why or how serial killers become killers then this one is for you.

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  • Caglar
  • Lincroft, NJ, United States
  • 01-24-11

AWESOME BOOK

very well read.. i enjoyed it a lot. hypnosis story of Richard Macek is unbelievable.. Dr. Morrison you're awesome..

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Love it - I read it again and again

This inside pespective by Helen Morrison is captivating. Since I purchased it, about 3 years ago, I've listened to it at least 3 times and I've just re-downloaded it for my iPhone, I am ready for round no 4.

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  • Bret
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 04-25-10

Fascinating Insight

The author's recount of her experiences with serial killers and views of past notorious killers makes for a great read.

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  • Audra
  • WAUCONDA, IL, USA
  • 11-21-09

Insightful

I've read numerous books on serial killers and this book has to be one of the best. Very insightful research done by Dr. Morrison. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Christina
  • north las vegas, NV, USA
  • 06-15-05

addicting and useful to society

i always feel like there is something strange about our need for morbid details of horrific crimes. however; the author is actually working toward a better future, and i was engrossed by all the details as well.

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