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Obsession

By: John E. Douglas,Mark Olshaker
Narrated by: John E. Douglas
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The FBI's Legendary Profiler Probes the Psyches of Killers, Rapists, and Stalkers and Their Victims and Tells How to Fight Back

In Obsession, John Douglas once again takes us fascinatingly behind the scenes, focusing his expertise on predatory crimes, primarily against women. With a deep sense of compassion for the victims and an uncanny understanding of the perpetrators, Douglas looks at the obsessions that lead to rape, stalking, and sexual murder through such cases as Ronnie Shelton, the serial rapist who terrorized Cleveland, and New York's notorious "Preppie Murder".

©1998 John E Douglas (P)1998 Simon & Schuster

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good but short

if I had known it was only four chapters long I prob would've used my credit elsewhere

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Worth a read but very short.

It was very short and could've covered more specific cases instead of beating us over the head with 3 or 4.

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Very Interesting book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Obsession to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio editions with my busy schedule! I can listen while I exercise or when driving. This book is a great example of why, in some cases, audio can be better then print since the Author was also the reader!

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I had the opportunity to hear John Douglass speak in person many years ago. His passion for the work he did was very evident in his presentation to the audience. That same passion is there in his book.

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All women and men need to read this

Wonderful, very informative. I definitely recommend this read or audiobook. I loved it thank you.

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Excellent Read....

What a page turner... couldn't put it down. Very informative and captivating at the same time.

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Short but very interesting

This was a very short book but interesting and informative. Douglas mentions several interesting cases of rapists and stalkers, and how they profile them to eventually catch them. A great read for anyone who's interested in some of the psychology behind these horrible acts. It's also great reading about how hard he's worked to put these criminals behind bars, and to keep developing ways to identify this behavior and prevent these crimes from happening.

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Like reading casefiles

An insightful look into the minds of men who stalk, rape and kill. Sometimes the justice system is maddening after hearing all the facts and seeing what happened in court. Makes a good case for increasing the severity of punishment for menacing behavior like stalking.

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Informative and relevant

Although Obsession was written several decades ago I found that most of his examples were still relevant to current events. I liked how he provided sound advice and information on, for example, what to do if caught in a dangerous situation or red flags to look for in a relationship that might go from toxic to dangerous to deadly. I recommend reading Obsession

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Meh…

I have read and enjoyed most of John Douglas’s books. This was not one of them. Usually he provides ample examples about his topics. In this one, he takes three entire chapters talking about what seems to be the daughter of a friend who was as wonderful and undeserving of being victimized as any person is of being murdered. Douglas is typically very objective but in this book, he seems to wax poetic about the sad fate that befell this girl. It was tedious, to say the least. At certain points in the reading it sounded almost as if he was going to break down into tears. Just not his usual style at all!

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Great Read for Women

Great Read for women and the risk they can face. It really makes you think about things.

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