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Brown, CEO of Sexual Homicide Exchange (S.H.E.), which helps survivors, believes that people are misinformed about serial killers, primarily because of the attention given to selected criminals in the press or film. Having once rented a room to a murder suspect, Brown became an investigative profiler. Here, she attempts to debunk the many misconceptions about serial killers, including those regarding their educational background and family relationships. Brown presents her information in a straightforward, slightly cynical manner, which detracts from the book. The subheads within chapters are often too obvious-"Are There Serial Killers in Other Countries?" and "Can Watching Pornography Lead to Serial Killing?" Furthermore, Brown's casual style is sometimes insulting. She describes Munchausen syndrome by proxy as "a nasty little psychological development." When the author talks about whether killers seek victims who look like family members, she says, "When white serial killers kill black women and black serial killers kill white women, this theory is blown out of the water." The book does offer a nonsensational overview of serial killers and profiling that some readers may find interesting. However, what's missing are comments from other experts-police, doctors, etc. Brown includes quotes from killers along with her own commentary on a variety of cases, which is occasionally tantalizing, but this is not a complete reference on serial killers.
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Pat Brown was the host of Court T.V.'s crime series, I, Detective. She became an Investigative Criminal Profiler after her local police proved ineffective in investigating a murder suspect to which she unknowingly rented a room. As CEO of S.H.E., Brown has dedicated her time to helping the victims of serial killers and their families. She lives in Maryland and Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; Updated edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775755
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Criminal Profiler Pat Brown


Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler and television commentator. She is the president of The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency (www.patbrownprofiling.com). Pat Brown is the author of The Murder of Cleopatra (2013 Prometheus Books), Only the Truth (2013 Amazon), How To Save Your Daughter's Life (2012 HGC), The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths (2010 Hyperion), and Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers (2003 Phoenix Books). Having made over two thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and worldwide, Pat Brown is well known for her crime commentary and for her profiling and forensic analysis. She can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, NBC, and CBS, and is a frequent guest of Nancy Grace, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Larry King, The Today Show, and The CBS Early Show. Pat Brown appeared on I, Detective for four years and was the host and profiler for the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, The Suspicious Death of Cleopatra and in 2010 she was seen in the new Discovery Channel Mystery Files series revealing a new Jack the Ripper suspect and discussing why she believes Cleopatra was murdered.


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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having read this book, I will never listen to a thing Pat Brown has to say.

I purchased this book used for $8 from a local book dealer, and I can't remember the last time I felt more ripped off. Judging by the book jacket and introduction, it seemed like it may have been at least a decent introductory text on the subject. Instead, what I found was a book full of unsupported opinions with no research materials listed, no footnotes, and no indication of any actual, first-hand knowledge of the subject. Instead, the author makes constant, thinly-veiled attacks against the superstars of the profiling world--authors like ex-FBI profilers John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood--who DO have the decades of experience and research necessary to provide informed opinions about how serial killers and other violent criminals function. Pat Brown is a great example of the "Hollywood expert," those people that have no real credentials, but look good on camera (and make ample use of that fact.) For my money, I'll take the ACTUAL experts any day. I kept thinking, "What's the matter, Pat? Did the FBI turn you down for a job? Get over it already!"

Another thing that irked me about this book was the sheer amount of needless filler and bad formatting. At 194 pages (not including the ridiculously unnecessary "glossary"), it seems like there should be more material there than is actually present. Sometimes-large sections of each page are taken up with serial killer quotes, with no credit given to her sources (some of which are from interviews with the very same experts that she constantly slams). In fact, one of the "killer quotes" wasn't even from a murderer, but from a convicted necrophiliac.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CharleyHorse on October 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
...Profiler nor an expert in psychology/serial killers/psychopathology/forensics. and the list goes on and on. She has somehow worked her way into being a professional commentator. I have seen numerous time where she has commented on a case without knowing the facts. Some short articles on her own website are examples of this also.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Group on July 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a streetwise no BS guide to the minds of serial criminals that shatters a lot of stereotypes. Though she finds common threads in the thinking of psychopathic minds, this is more of an anti-profiling book, as it points out some of the flaws in attempting to pigeonhole criminals into certain types.
On the negative side, the book suffers from awkward and sloppy writing, flippant and jokey descriptions ("bop-and-drop", "Smoke a Cigarette"), and her tendency to let her emotions get the best of her (referring to serial killers as "cowardly" and "wimps".) The book also suffers from a lack of scientific documentation and/or real-life examples-- in fact, she uses her own fictional examples, which only come off as absurd caricatures of real life.
Brown's main purpose, it appears, is to shock the reader out of his/her complacency, and this book is best read by women who are too cavalier or ignorant about their vulnerability to the sick and dangerous predators out there. Should be read by women everywhere, along with Gavin DeBecker's THE GIFT OF FEAR.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Adventurer on September 26, 2011
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Love this book. It was not written for a person that wants to have their ears tickled and that is what makes it so great! I bought it so my sister in law could read it on her long flight to Sweden, but so far the whole family has enjoyed discussing some of the points that Pat Brown makes about killers. The problem now is that we all suspect everyone of potentially being a killer....not really a problem though when you consider that it has caused us to be more aware of our surroundings and those in them. Can't recommend this book enough!
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33 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have never written a review before and am sorry that I felt I had to write this one. After looking forward to this book I was greatly disappointed. I have read other profile books and always came away feeling like I learned something. The author seemed to have little to no use for law inforcement or profilers and made many of the profilers sound egocentric. It almost seemed like there was some hard feelings between them. I think I could learn more watching forensic files for an hour then reading this book. She tended to explain the most mundane words in the book so you felt almost as if she was talking to a child with the whole "SHE" examples. I felt it was poorly written. It did not give any information that I felt most people don't already know. It didn't seem to be written well. There really is much in the book to recommend. I would try other profile books out there first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dina S. on October 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Shocking, compelling and at times deeply disturbing "Killing for Sport" is an eye opening view into the minds of serial killers. Unlike other books on the subject Author/Profiler Pat Brown simplifies the difficult to understand jargon and explains each aspect in common language. Her book gives the reader a interesting look into the life of a profiler and the world of the serial killer. Throughout her book Ms. Brown makes use of actual quotes from well known serial killers, which adds to the jaw dropping reality of how incurably sick and dangerous such individuals are.

The Author:
"Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Through The Sexual Homicide Exchange, Ms. Brown offers pro-bono criminal profiling and training for law enforcement. She also provides profiling consultation to attorneys, families, and producers through The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Ms. Brown holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and she developed the first Criminal Profiling and Investigative Analysis certificate program in the country for Excelsior College. She is the founder and director of The Society for Investigative Criminal Profiling, an organization working to promote criminal profiling as a major tool in police investigations. Ms.Brown has provided crime commentary, profiling and forensic analysis in over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and globally. She contributed to special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of Profiler: Season Two and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino's crime classic, Reservoir Dogs.
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