Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

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Synopsis of Mindhunter

Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases. And into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.

During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement. He pursued some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time. The man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins. Including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims’ peeled skin.

Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer’s and the victim’s actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

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Review of Mindhunter – John Douglas

Well. I liked it better than his colleague and former Professor Robert Ressler’s.

It also tells the story of how the Behavioral Analysis Unit was started at the FBI, whose operational part the author led for years, and named the Investigation Support Unit.

The book has been adapted for television in a show of the same title, Mindhunter.

It’s a very good adaptation, which perfectly follows the book and the characters that, even if they’re not the real ones, they’re also taken from here. This as far as the FBl agents. The killers interviewed in the series correspond to real serial killers and are very well characterized. For example: Ed Kemper, John Gacy, the Son of Sam and Charles Manson.

Much more enjoyable than Robert Ressler’s book; he doesn’t repeat himself as much and has a fairly reasonable view of everything, though he deals with tricky issues such as the death penalty and some others that the reader may disagree with.

You can see he’s a man who knows what he’s talking about and knows a lot about the issue.

In fact, both books are very similar because they relate the same thing. I liked this one much better.

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Publisher: Scribner
Year 1998
ISBN 9781501191961

Language: English
Format: eBook

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