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Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us - and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down some of the nation's most brutal murderers.

Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler uses the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them, Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers for the police to capture.

Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for America's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

©1992 Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman (P)2016 Tantor

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Murderino checking in

This book was recommended on the My Favorite Murder podcast. It touches on several stories they go over on MFM so it really kept my attention. The narrator was great, really clear and authentic. Great read for Murderinos to get a professional perspective of some true crimes. Stay sexy, don't get murdered.

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Extremely informative!

I'm a True Crime junky, and this book still taught me things even I didn't know. While the narrator is slightly robotic-sounding, this book was still extremely interesting and worth the listen. Shout out to the My Favorite Murder ladies and fans

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Recommended !!!

I'm a true crime buff that is hard to please, this was a really good listen.

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Staring into The Abyss indeed

Thoroughly enjoyable, sometimes lurid, always very entertaining. I guess I can't fault a man with focusing on what interests him, which in this case seems to be Edmund Kemper. He was mentioned in detail multiple times (ultimately they all fit together to tell his story and there weren't any overly redundant details). I did find that Ressler seemed to rationalize a few of his actions from time to time, most notably some participation in the defense of Jeffrey Dahmer. Maybe it was because he treated it as a minor footnote at the end of the book, but I just think that Dahmer, be he tormented or not, should not be given even a single shred of sympathy. I also feel that the money spent on the legal process to put a serial killer to death ultimately does pay out, especially in the Bundy case, because staying alive was an incentive to get Bundy to confess to a good portion of the murders that could not be pinned on him.

Regardless of my minor disagreements, this is a fantastic book from the world's foremost expert and if highly recommend it to anyone that can stomach a few gory details.

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extremely interesting

great material for murderinos ! do not let the publish date of this book, it was over 20 years ago, deter you from reading it or listening. It is filled with facts about serial killers and the man who started the serial killer profiling database and study of serial killer crimes and crime scenes.

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Fascinating and terrifying.

an older book but fascinating and very informative period gives a great background to modern day profiling and a great look into the minds of serial killers.

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Amazing insight

This read was better than I imagined. It covers many facets of many cases. It is a look behind the mask of the monster. It explains what happened, how, and what was happening in the mind of the killers. That leads to why these people did what they did. Super interesting and appalling at the same time. If you are prone to lock the doors on your home at all times, you will be.

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Definitely recommend

The book was very good however the narration was a little over dramatized at times.

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EEEeek!

Fascinating and horrifying by turns, Ressler’s story is nevertheless riveting and amounts to a textbook on the subject of compulsive murderers. One reviewer felt that Ressler was a bit self-aggrandizing in this book, but good grief, if this guy can’t toot his own horn who can? We owe him and other pioneers in his field a huge debt of gratitude.

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Somewhat lackluster

What did you like best about Whoever Fights Monsters? What did you like least?

There was some interesting information about some murderers and how the profiles were built. Robert Ressler comes off as arrogant and sounds as though he wrote the book more to illustrate his own accomplishments than to provide insight into profiling itself.

What was most disappointing about Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman ’s story?

It comes off as egotistical and aggrandizing and it fails to highlight limitations to the practice.

What does Tom Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oddly enough, he highlights the arrogance, whether intentional or not.

Was Whoever Fights Monsters worth the listening time?

No, I enjoyed John Douglas' book Mindhunter much better.

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