This book is an overview of the career of the FBI man who nearly single-handedly created the system for personality profiling of violent offenders. If there's a big-time multiple murderer from about 1950 until now who hasn't been interviewed by Robert Ressler, he probably refused the honor. Indispensable reading for serial killer mavens, and better written than John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's Mindhunter, this book is packed with fascinating details from dozens of cases: The killer John Joubert, for example, started his life of cruelty as a kid one day when he was riding his bike with a sharpened pencil in his hand. He rode up next to a little girl who was walking, and stabbed her in the back with the pencil. Ouch!
Former FBI agent Ressler, who coined the term "serial killer" in the 1970s, recounts in straightforward style his interviews with such infamous murderers as Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. A BOMC selection in cloth. Photos.
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I have to feel for the author R. Ressler. You cannot have a career in his field without a lot of heartbreak and stress when dealing with human monsters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy G. Hammers
This book is super disturbing, and I am hard to disturb. It is very interesting, however! Take frequent mental health breaks!Published 2 months ago by Kelly Keyser
Ever see the TV series, "Criminal Minds"? Robert Ressler, author of this book, is the model for Agent Rossi: the guy who essentially invented criminal profiling and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Frederick
Great insiders writing, to see in writing from such an esteemed person, i never really knew just how sick some people are!Published 3 months ago by Karen Brown
This was a truly fascinating read. Between the insider's view of the fledgling BSU finding its early feet and the horrific yet humanizing view of serial killers (Jeffrey Dahmer... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer Bradley
Ressler's book is, I say, a must-read for rookie investigators and for psychologists.
Detailing the modus operandi and lives of numerous serial killers, the book will... Read more