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Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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They begin with the Salem witch trials, an event far enough in the past so we all can recognize its absurdity. From there, they segue into a case where Douglas was misled for a time, and we begin to see the murky complexity of criminal investigations. Crime buffs know about the "Lipstick Killer" who scrawled a message on a victim's mirror, begging police to catch him. We were assured that he had been caught and convicted, but William Heirens steadfastly asserted his innocence when Douglas interviewed him in prison.
That was many years ago. Back then, Douglas reviewed the file, and the evidence looked good, but the case has always bothered him. Now he presents a fresh analysis in which he concludes that the police work was sloppy if not outright dishonest, and Heirens was almost certainly innocent. He spent many decades in prison for crimes he did not commit, until he died last year. It's too late to correct the injustice done to him, but it's never too late to get the truth on the record, because we can learn from it.
Much of Law and Disorder is about wrongful convictions, but the authors never lose sight of the anguish felt by crime victims and their families. They tell the harrowing story of Suzanne Collins, a promising young woman who was brutally murdered by someone who fought his execution for longer than Suzanne was alive. Suzanne's parents insisted on studying the autopsy report and photos. Douglas says this is not uncommon.Read more ›
To quote the dedicated FBI violent crimes investigator Steve Moore: "FACTS DETERMINE CONCLUSIONS -- The universal truism of investigation. The instant that one's conclusions determine or change the facts, you have corrupted the judicial system."
To quote Douglas: "There is also another phenomenon well known to those of us in law enforcement, medicine, and numerous other fields: The more you focus on something, the more of it you will find, if that's what you're looking for and want to find. It is like the first-year medical students who spontaneously develop symptoms of whatever disease they happen to be studying that week."
Douglas and Olshaker analyze high profile cases where the authorities started with conclusions, then pretzeled evidence and facts to fit these conclusions. From the Texas Board of Pardons, to the Boulder police and FBI, to the West Memphis Three prosecutors and judge, to the authorities in Perugia Italy, this book examines how a dispassionate pursuit of evidence was forsaken in favor of prejudice and politics. Hopefully we wonder how often this must be happening in not so high profile cases.
We've all seen the damage tunnel vision can do in our own respective professions. Close minded prosecutors and judges, acting with civil immunity, have a particularly nasty power to destroy innocent families and keep violent criminals out on the street.
Another focus of this book is capital punishment. The authors both criticize it and defend it as they spotlight various death penalty cases. It's a touchy subject.Read more ›
While reading the book, three recurrent questions became - (1) "How can we pride ourselves in believing the infallibility of our justice system when such atrocities occur with immunity?"; (2) "How, with all our technology, information, and 'evolved thinking,' can beliefs trump science, fiction trump fact, and black & white trump shades of grey?"; and (3)"How can we, as a society, prevent prejudice, self- interest, and political ambition from continuing to pollute our justice system?" Thankfully the authors in their summation, offer some well thought out suggestions addressing these concerns, but begging the question, "Will it take us another 300 years before we rid ourselves of repeating the atrocity of the Salem Witch Hunt?"
Bottom line - an intelligently reasoned discourse on criminal justice, the death penalty, delayed justice, and our naive presumption that we are all presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law. Required reading for any student of criminal justice or anyone concerned with humanity and a civilized society.
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Well written and very informative. I have long been a fan of Mr. Douglas and enjoyed his book. It was refreshing to get some insight into the processes law enforcement agencies... Read morePublished 1 month ago by noahbunny
For all the talk about Satanism in these cases, no one has actually read Anton levay (spelling wrong, don't care), the satanic bible ,is clear you don't harm a child. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan
The comparison of cases and death penalty inmates was interesting. But the book was a bit long winded with the WM3 and Amanda KnoxPublished 3 months ago by Taxe29
John Douglas has written another fantastic book up dating some stories he up dates and how the court is not always fare to people not just about the innocent but talking about how... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Philip A Moore
Some cases that law enforcement got wrong. The writing seems to just drag at points. I just wanted to yell, "OKAY!!! Will you get to the POINT, please??? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindness Pays
John Douglas is one of my favorite authors. He has a keen, logical mind and knows how to express himself so the reader understands
what he is saying and why. Read more
Didn't like this book. Went into too much tedious detail about the justice system and the criminal appeals. I skipped over much of it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer