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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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Excellent Read....

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

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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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Meh

I was excited to receive another John Douglas book. But found "Obsession" to be a bit boring.

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  • KZ
  • 02-07-18

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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  • Robin
  • Myerstown, PA, United States
  • 07-09-12

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!

Any additional comments?

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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scumbag identifier. ..

book was good, really teaches one how to spot the neighborhood creeps and whatnot to complete 15 fuckin words

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