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The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 18, 2010
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"The best true story crime book I've ever read." --NewsBlaze.com
"A rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes." --The Today Show, NBC
"Explosive!" --Levi Page, host, BlogTalkRadio.com
"The crimes detailed shock and intrigue, Brown's experiences captivate, but the meat of The Profiler is found in the issues regarding attitudes toward profiling and the need for increased training of investigators." --BlogCritics.org
About the Author
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of several best-selling biographical, business, management and sports books, including Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, The Profit Zone: Lessons of Strategic Genius from the People Who Created the World's Most Valued Companies, and Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion. Bob Andelman also produces and hosts the popular "Mr. Media Interviews" podcast on BlogTalkRadio.
Top Customer Reviews
If you read this book, the author would besmirch me and icons I worked with such as John Douglas, Roy Hazelwood and Bob Ressler as being incompetent. And she knows this how? She read books by another so-called 'profiler,' Brett Turvey, who I do not believe has a day's experience in law enforcement. But DOES have a Master's Degree. And so does the author. Big deal. I have two, and 30 years of experience actually INVESTIGATING cases.
This woman is a self-promoting hack who has virtually no clue what she's talking about. I bought the book thinking I might learn a few nuggets of useful information. That didn't happen, and the book actually pissed me off. I only read half. I found many of her opinions to be factually inaccurate, even to the point of libelous. In the book she simply reviews some cases and gives her 'highly-qualified' opinions. She has no basis to make these judgments, and she equivocates so many times that her credibility is at the level of zero. "The suspect will be either a black male or a white male." "He may or may not drive a car." Wow, this would be truly USEFUL information.
There are no conditions under which I would buy this book. If you're interested in accurate information about this concept, look for books under the names Douglas, Hazelwook and Ressler. And mine when it's done with publishing.
I found out that Ms. Brown is a bit of a celebrity in the area of criminal profiling. She has made a name for herself because she is on a mission to get a system created whereby various states and counties across the U.S. can "talk" to one another. This way, as criminals migrate from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, they will leave tracks that the law enforcement community can follow. I commend her for this. The best way to make progress happen when facing many roadblocks (funding, attitudes, politics) is to get the media to highlight the need. The more people hear about this need, the more they will be willing to push their local, state, and national governmental to fund the program.
The case files were interesting. I started to understand that, even if a person is murdered and there is strong evidence pointing to a crime, there is no mandate in our legal system requiring "that the person who committed the crime be prosecuted" (p. 196 of advance uncorrected proof). Often the movement of a case is determined by manpower, funding, and the political landscape. At times it was a little discouraging as I realized that, even though our justice system is a decent one, it has much room for improvement. But whether or not it gets the changes necessary depends on funding and politics. In the meantime, justice is not served for many people.
The most sobering cases in "The Profiler" involved two suicides. Brown describes the extreme sorrow, denial, and guilt of those left behind. She states that "Profilers get called in on suicides more than any other kind of death." According to the author, the sad truth is that the police are usually correct in their conclusions regarding suicide cases. I don't think Brown intended them to be, but these two stories were a huge caution for me. I was reminded that I need to be more aware of the subtle clues people leave about their struggles, especially teens and young adults. I don't know if it is because they are able to hide their struggles better, or if adults dismiss their pain because they made it through okay.
I gave the book three stars because the prose meandered a bit, causing the stories to lose focus and forward motion. All in all, "The Profiler" is an interesting & educational read, as long as you can adjust to the writing style.
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