Mindhunter : Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit Paperback
What makes a serial killer? Only one man really knows. FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioural science, John Douglas.
A man who has looked evil in the eye and made a vocation of understanding it.
Now retired, Douglas can let us inside the FBI elite serial crime unit and into the disturbed minds of some of the most savage serial killers in the world.
The man who was the inspiration for Special Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs and who lent the film's makers his expertise explains how he invented and established the practice of criminal profiling; what it was like to submerge himself mentally in the world of serial killers to the point of 'becoming' both perpetrator and victim; and individual case histories including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and the Atlanta child murders.
With the fierce page-turning power of a bestselling novel, yet terrifyingly true, Mindhunter is a true crime classic.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, black & white halftones
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 16/07/2005
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780099435679
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Review by eleanor_eader
This is a darkly fascinating topic that begins in an era that defined the FBI's own profile for years afterwards. Douglas follows the evolution of the ISU (then known somewhat unfortunately as 'BS') as he and his colleagues learned to meet the challenges presented by its particular types of quarry... how they identified these men, (down to details as seemingly unrelated as the kind of car they would drive), the existence of 'signatures' as opposed to Modus Operandi, and at the root of it all, what compelled these men to act.The minds described by Douglas are so phenomenally warped as to warrant a branch of law enforcement - a <i>science</i> - simply to keep up. The minds that forced them into the light are simply put, brilliant. The defining concept of 'Mindhunter' is that not only were Douglas and his team catching killers, they were <i>learning</i> from them, ceaselessly, in a bid to be out in front of the next case.Very readable, although with the proliferation of TV and film coverage of 'Behavioural Science', the reader has to make a conscious effort to appreciate the impact of the freshly discovered insights into the profiling of serial killers and violent, sexually motivated criminals.