Dark Dreams

A Legendary FBI Profiler Examines Homicide and the Criminal Mind
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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The Evil That Men Do introduced listeners to the lifework and the techniques of FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood. Now, in Dark Dreams, Hazelwood - writing with best-selling author Stephen G. Michaud - brings us deep into the minds of his prey, the world's most dangerous sexual criminals, and reveals the extent to which these individuals permeate our society.

Profiler Roy Hazelwood is one of the world's leading experts on the strangest and most dangerous of all aberrant offenders - the sexual criminal. In Dark Dreams he reveals the twisted motives and thinking that go into the most reprehensible crimes. He also catalogs the innovative and remarkably effective techniques - investigative approaches that he helped pioneer at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit - that allow law enforcement agents to construct psychological profiles of the offenders who commit these crimes.

Hazelwood has helped track down some of the most violent and well-known criminals in modern history; in Dark Dreams he takes listeners into his world - a sinister world inhabited by scores of dangerous offenders for every Roy Hazelwood who would put them behind bars.

©2001 Roy Hazelwood and Stephen G. Michaud (P)2016 Tantor

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"Hazelwood is a fascinating figure." ( New York Times)
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FINALLY SOME NEW AND INTERESTING CASES!

True crime fans will be excited for this one ! New and interesting cases, from a notable profiler, who even has a book out with Dr Deetz, whom I find very interesting. So , I gave it a shot and finally , I was able to enjoy a book without skipping chapters or returning it all together. Enjoy!

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Hazelwood Was One of the Best in His Field!

Along with Robert Ressler, I think Roy Hazelwood was one of the most dispassionate, scholarly students/investigators of sexually oriented crimes and criminals. He made his stories less about himself, and more about the task at hand - investigating these horrible crimes, and identifying the criminals.

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This Book Shows The Infancy of a FBI Profiler

Though this book needed to be stopped on occasion, it still shows how murders react to stimulus. You get the Profilers reasoning for their conclusions. This is the second book I've listened to by this author. It shows Profiling and how it came about with different cases.

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Not for Hollywood!

The most interesting and informative of the many FBI BSU alumni titles out there. Roy doesn’t pull punches and goes into graphic detail, so if you can’t handle hearing what ‘The Evil That Men Do’ is exactly, stick to John Douglas. Roy was a legend and well respected by anyone with a clue.
Chapter on equivocal death investigations is particularly interesting.
Narration is fantastic and seems to capture some of Roy’s speech patterns, well done.

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Eye opening

True crime fan! I love getting into the nitty gritty of it all. If your looking for that? This is a must read.

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very informational and keeps your attention

Worth the credit. some intriguing cases in this book. narrator is great. well written. I have listened twice already.

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Whispery narration

Solid, interesting book for true crime readers. I might be the only one, but the narrator’s voice started to wear on me throughout. To the point where I could no longer focus on the content of the words and only hear the whispery finish of each and every sentence. Was slightly annoying at first. And as the hours passed I started to debate whether or not to finish the book based on the whispery finishes!! Lol

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Good! But then...

Well first off, no offense to the guy who read it but he sounds like old timey Dick Tracy gangster and it’s a little hard to get past it. But when you do, there’s a wealth of information. You feel pain for the victims and empathy for their families meanwhile gaining an understanding somewhat of violent criminals. So good! BUT THEN...it ends with him blaming...rap music and society. Totally lame. Also he states “back in the day, when someone was raped, it was only vaginal. Today there’s anal, etc” ummm I’m pretty sure women back in the thirties and forties didn’t feel comfortable reporting rapes, much less every detail to all male officers. Get a grip. Read it, but turn it off before it gets to the epilogue

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Great but dated

Good Info by an expert and pioneer in the field but info is dated and some conclusions drawn are a bit questionable. Excellent over all but not the most up to date

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Disturbing detail

I got about halfway through this book and decided to quit. It had too much graphic sexual detail which I thought was unnecessary to inform readers about the criminal mind. Describing how many times and in what order orafices were entered reads more like something a sexual deviant would like to hear. However, this helped me appreciate the other law enforcement officers or agents who are writing, those authors that do not include this level of detail but are still able to convey the information.

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