Whoever Fights Monsters

My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (3,286 ratings)

Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $30.09

Buy for $30.09

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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

What listeners say about Whoever Fights Monsters

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,991
  • 4 Stars
    887
  • 3 Stars
    314
  • 2 Stars
    66
  • 1 Stars
    28
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,821
  • 4 Stars
    757
  • 3 Stars
    312
  • 2 Stars
    87
  • 1 Stars
    20
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,883
  • 4 Stars
    736
  • 3 Stars
    279
  • 2 Stars
    65
  • 1 Stars
    26

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

437 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

34 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Did not fulfill its potential

This book had a lot of promise and I'm sure for some it will still be a worthwhile read. It chronicles interesting serial killers and some basic psychopathology. It also spends a lot of time talking about the FBI and tangential topics related to the bureau albeit in a self-congratulatory tone. It's a book that doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a history of the FBI Behavioral Science Units? Kinda. Is it focused on pointing out how amazing the authors are while pretending to be humble about it? Constantly. Does it cover serial murder? Yes, but other books do it far better. What stuck in my craw was the way the authors stressed that personality profiling of serial killers was not magic and then presented numerous case studies where profilers seemed to reach the conclusion almost magically or with only the most shallow of details. However, anyone with even a passive interest in serial killers and true crime work knows that profiling has often been used to terrible effect. The Beltway Snipers were profiled as a single white male, something the police believed so fervently that they dismissed reports of the suspects being black. If we'd seen both the good and the bad of profiling along with case studies and, perhaps, a little less rambling on things such as Silence of the Lambs. Then this would have been an excellent read. As it is I would strongly recommend checking out Peter Vronsky's, Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters. Which does an excellent job of giving case histories, examining police profiling and even shares the alternatives to the FBI's organized, disorganized, and mixed categories.

23 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

19 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

89 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Recommended !!!

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

34 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

28 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Definitely recommend

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

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

9 people found this helpful