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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit [Kindle Edition]

Mark Olshaker , John E. Douglas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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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, pursuing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ FOR TRUE CRIME READERS April 1, 2012
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MINDHUNTER by John Douglas is a masterpiece. This is a must read for any real true crime reader and collector. This is the guy who coined so much of the terminology used today by the FBI.

I have been a fan of Mr. Douglas for many many years and have read all his books. When you read this book, you will appreciate the physical and mental anguish he must have endured to hone his craft as a world renowned profiler.

This book is well written, with great detail, and captivating to the last word. The crimes that the author wrote about are gruesome, sad but true. He paints a vivid picture of the inside of the BSU in the FBI. He interviewed the most notorious and ruthless serial killers the world has ever seen and spent hundreds of hours picking their brains.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in true crime, serial killers and the FBI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! March 9, 2010
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This book is excellent. Being a criminal justice major and self-proclaimed buff, I can say that reading this has given me insight and further interested me in behavioral analysis. Douglas has a way of keeping the reader interested without using big, hard to understand words. He grabs you from the beginning with his own personal history and humble start into the field. He is genius and I thoroughly enjoyed this read....couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read November 6, 2013
By alyssa
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Saw this book featured on daily show with John Stewart when Michael c hall was the guest talking about the final season of Dexter and he talked how he read this book to understand the character of Dexter and I knew I had to read it being a person who is interested in true crime this book really takes you behind some of the techniques the FBI has done in order to catch some of the famous killers and how the criminal mind does work
A really good read and I would recommend this to the true crime nuts like me out there
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Text June 29, 2013
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Even though retired from 35 years of a clinical mental health career, I continue to appreciate interesting, solid, research-based insight into the aberrant mind of the violent killer. John Douglas went to the source to build his hypotheses. The killers themselves. The book is well written and informative. Thank God that brilliant minds like John Douglas and his colleagues have given over their own personalities in order to enter the violent mind and understand both the human and the monster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars captivating December 30, 2013
By Lauren
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This book is very captivating and informative. I loved every minute of it! It's good to read about what really goes one when profiling a violent string of murders and also the kind of work that is put into it. Great read I would most definitely recommend this if you are interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Writer January 2, 2014
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Douglas has written a number of books of this type & they're all compelling. He has a lot of experience in the field and his ability to profile & get into the minds of criminals is fascinating.
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I really enjoy the way Douglas writes. He doesn't assume that the individual reading the book already has knowledge of Criminal Profiling, so it keeps anyone ready the book clear on what he is talking about. I have taken courses in Criminal Profiling and even with my knowledge of the subject I truly learned a lot from him. His career it truly impressive and the wealth of knowledge he has gathered over the years certainly shows. To hear first hand accounts of the encounters he had and the minds he has had try and take on as his own to fully understand the killers intent will give you goosebumps just thinking about what he must go through with each case is enough to allow anyone to have the utmost respect for him and his work. What it is like to go to work figuring out what makes his current target tick, I will never fully imagine, I don't think anyone but other criminologists could.

I would highly recommend this book as well as his book "Journey into Darkness" to anyone who,not only is in the Criminal Justice field but to those who have an interest in it specifically Criminal Profiling, but are sure about it as a career. I have read both these books and they are great learning materials and great books to help you really determine if it is the field for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. February 10, 2014
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Couldn't put it down, it's very interesting and well written. Even better that the stories are true. There are photos in the middle, too which really adds to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is a must read for anyone interested in criminal investigation. The author describes the process of profiling and manipulating the most violent criminals of recent times. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been half the length and twice as interesting.
The book was fairly interesting. The author rarely explained how he came to some of the profiling conclusions that he reached. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jordan Loney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things we have such catcher
There are monsters. And there are monster catcher. Good things we have such catcher.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
Not only is the writing not particularly good, but the authors spend far too much time on boring autobiographical information and ego inflation (although I'd guess that the main... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Xeema
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Teaching Tool!
This book provides a very well written view on real criminal profiling and provides very accurate case study. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H.Straup
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like getting inside the mind of disturbed killers you will ...
If you like getting inside the mind of disturbed killers you will fall in love with this book. If you write you can learn a ton from this one. Give it a go. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark C. Reps
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminal Profiling Interest? This is a Great Source!
Criminal Profiling from the Source!
Published 3 months ago by Donna May
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book
Published 5 months ago by Georgi Staykov
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This guy is just so full of himself, I can't get through anything he writes.
Published 7 months ago by metalman
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