Release: 2nd November 2017
Synopsis: John Douglas is a former FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioural science. He made a career of looking evil in the eye – and understanding it. No wonder that he was the inspiration for Special Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, as well as the film’s consultant on the reality of serial killers. Douglas invented and established the practice of criminal profiling, and submerged himself in the world of serial killers in a quest to understand why they killed, and to help prevent more innocent lives from being ended by future killers. As his serial crime unit developed from a derided two-bit operation in a dingy officer to one of the FBI’s elite task forces, Douglas personally confronted the most terrible crimes of the age, including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and the Atlanta child murderer.
Now a bestselling Netflix Original series, this is where it all began. The hunt for serial killers, and the basis for what we know about the most evil minds of the world.
As soon as I watched the series for this I knew I had to pick up the book. The way that a serial killers mind works is fascinating to many people, and I was really interested to discover how the FBI began to “profile” killers in the way they do today.
This book was a really fascinating insight into the world of behavioural science, and how understanding seemingly small aspects on one’s life – upbringing, friendships, violent tendencies etc, can provide such a great look into what they will potentially turn into in the future.
It was written with great talent, and although focusing on a very specialised subject, was never too filled with jargon – it was as interesting and captivating on the first page as it was on the last.
I really enjoyed it’s focus on both high profile cases, and smaller ones too to show how the techniques can be used on a number of various killers. It was interesting to see just how many killers the team developing this new way of policing had caught.
If you’re a true crime fan then make sure not to miss out on this phenomenal book.
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