Synopsis of Whoever Fights Monsters
Face-to-face with some of America’s most terrifying killers, FBI veteran Robert K. Ressler learned how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us — and put them behind bars.
In “Whoever Fights Monsters”, Ressler—the inspiration for the character Agent Bill Tench in David Fincher’s hit TV show Mindhunter—shows how he was able to track down some of the country’s most brutal murderers.
Ressler, the FBI Agent and ex-Army CID colonel who advised Thomas Harris on “The Silence of the Lambs”, used 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. And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler goes behind prison walls to hear bizarre first-hand stories from countless convicted murderers. Including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Edmund Kemper and Son of Sam.
Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills is one of the FBI’s most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.
Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for the world’s most dangerous psychopaths in this terrifying journey you will not forget.
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Review of Whoever Fights Monsters – Robert Ressler
An interesting and very complete book that tells the story of how the Behavioral Analysis Unit was started at the FBI. It’s very interesting because it relates the interviews they had with famous serial killers: for example, Ed Kemper, John Gacy, the Son of Sam. They also interviewed Charles Manson but he wasn’t a serial killer, in fact he never killed anyone with his bare hands.
The book, despite being interesting, becomes a little tiring, because the author repeats himself quite a bit.
But it’s to be appreciated that he reasons and tells us why he reaches his conclusions when he makes a profile. I mean, if the killer is a white male why is he white. If he’s an organized or disorganized killer, he also reasons why he is that way. If the killer is between 20 and 30 years old, he’ll reason why he’s that age. In general, he explains very well how he reaches certain conclusions.
The author was the true founder, along with John Douglas, of the behavioral analysis unit, pioneering criminal profiling. He used to be a hostage negotiator. He was a teacher at Quantico School and gave numerous lectures and courses throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
This edition of Whoever Fights Monsters is a revised and expanded edition in Spanish. The author writes an introduction and a final chapter.