The Cases That Haunt Us

From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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Violent, provocative, shocking. Call them what you will, but don't call them open and shut.

Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? America's foremost expert on criminal profiling and 25-year FBI veteran John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, explores those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection. With uniquely gripping analysis, the authors reexamine and reinterpret the accepted facts, evidence, and victimology of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime, including the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Zodiac Killer, and the Whitechapel murders. Utilizing techniques developed by Douglas himself, they give detailed profiles and reveal chief suspects in pursuit of what really happened in each case. The Cases That Haunt Us not only offers convincing and controversial conclusions, it deconstructs the evidence and widely held beliefs surrounding each case and rebuilds them - with fascinating, surprising, and haunting results.

©2016 John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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John Douglas is AMAZING

This book is incredible. It is insightful, balanced and completely enthralling. John Douglas does the job we all are fascinated with but deep down we could never do. Facts and evidence seem so obvious after he explains them to you and he makes you feel like you found them yourself. This was the last of all of his books I have " read" and actually read, and I hope he does more, his brain is the Alexandra's Library of crime. I wish I could give this book more stars.

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Meh

This books is more about the author than entertaining the reader. Kept waiting for it to improve but it never did, even when arriving at the most current case of JonBenet. Skip it.

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Great read!!! More details would have been great.

It was a fast listen however if your not paying 100% you miss quite a bit. Really fast chapters .

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Fascinating

A new look at some historically popular unsolved crimes told from the point of view of an FBI profiler.

It felt like a really interesting examination of the events as opposed to just “exploitative murdertainment”.

Jack the Ripper
Lizzie Borden
The Lindbergh Baby
The Zodiak Killer
The Black Dahlia
Bambi Bembenek
The Boston Strangler
Jon Benet Ramsey

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A well written scratch to a True Crime itch

The narrator was fantastic. It was easy to visualize a scruffy, seasoned defective going over each case with you one on one. The writing was perfect. Logical, at times funny, and straight forward. This was everything I desired from the True Crime genre, so much so that I fear everything from now on will
Pale in comparison. My only negative thought is why, oh why, did it have to end?

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Eye Opening

I mainly got this book because of the JonBenet Ramsey case because I wanted to know the profile of who they thought had committed the crime. I remember John Douglas being a pretty staunch supporter of the Ramsey family. even though I'm a fan of True Crime Jack the Ripper has never been interesting to me but the way he profile. Just based on the crimes was actually very interesting so if you like shows like mindhunter or Criminal Minds you'll really enjoy this book.

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It was very riveting

The book proved for me , a new look at a lot of old cases and one I have never heard of. I know a lot of people said they enjoyed the book till they got to the part about the JonBenet Ramsey case. I have to say it made me see that case in a new light. Those strangely enough I too had the same theory as the author.

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interesting

I really enjoyed this book, for the most part. My biggest criticism would be that I felt there was a lot of bias given to the Ramsey analysis. That's my own personal opinion and others may find the analysis incredibly fascinating. But because I felt like it took too much time stressing a particular Viewpoint it lost the shine of all the other stories in the book.

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Ugh!

I had high hopes this criminal profiler would have had answers about the Jon Benet Ramsey case. After listening to this book I came to a couple of conclusions. John Douglas is full of himself. In only one case which was not even included in the book did he mention being involved in the profiling of an actual real time case which resulted in affirmation he could profile; that being the Atlanta murder killer. Otherwise, he simply looked at some information from prior cases and added his two cents as if it meant something so long past when the crimes occurred. Though he is not a detective, he certainly seemed to armchair quarterback all of these cases, indicating his own superiority with regard to all of them. It was an exhausting listen. I was outraged to find someone with his background would become a paid party to the Ramsey case on behalf of the parents who were suspects at the time. I found his reasoning regarding it ridiculous. He was not privy to all of the case information and managed to interject himself into a criminal case in a way no one in law enforcement would have, resulting in him having to appear in the grand jury regarding it. It is possible his involvement actually further inhibited law enforcement from solving the case by having coached the family about what to expect when dealing with upcoming interviews with law enforcement. The stretches he made to come to a conclusion the parents were not involved seemed ridiculous to me. The biggest "tell" was when he interviewed John Ramsey for a short period of time BEFORE ever reviewing anything about the case and became convinced of his innocence. Really? That is the most unprofessional manner of approaching a case ever. He clearly is only interested in promoting himself and his ego and need to be in the limelight is certainly what drew him to the Ramsey case. I will not read another of his books. Huge disappointment.

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so great

Well written and well read. I love listening to murder podcasts and this is great.

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