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Psychopath (Crimescape Book 9) by [Ramsland, Dr. Katherine]
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"Dr. Ramsland has the ability to comprehend complex issues, analyze them meticulously, and express her opinions and conclusions in a completely objective manner."   
      --Cyril Wecht, Forensic pathologist and Past President, American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Praise for The Forensic Science of CSI

"With the mind of a true investigator, Ramsland demystifies the world of forensics with authentic and vivid detail."
     --John Douglas, Former FBI profiler and BSU chief

"In the area of psychological research on serial killers, Dr. Katherine Ramsland has distinguished herself as a unique thinker with a fascinating approach to case analysis. Anyone who takes this subject seriously should read this book."
       --Robert K. Ressler, Former FBI profiler

Praise for The Mind of a Murderer

"Dr. Ramsland writes with a clarity of prose and elegance of style that makes her the envy of forensic commentators and establishes her as a genuine authority in her field."
      Host of Most Evil, Dr. Michael Stone

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  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (December 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OEFG3M
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I was very impressed with how this was written. The depth was really good for such a quick read. There were things touched upon that I did not know and that is always a plus. Another very well done book by Dr. Ramsland. I look forward to continueing to read more from her. Thank you Joe for the opportunity. An author that can put that much into this length gets it! Thank you Katherine. Other people reviews were much more eloquent and in depth and done so wonderfully. Joey yours was spot on and I continue to look forward to more from you and from Dr Ramsland.
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A very telling story of true events of a serial killer is Riveting.

Katherine explains the chain of events of the killings of so many around him. Without giving clues he is a master mind in manipulating the minds, and keen at his work of luring people into his trap of lies and deceit without remorse but simply for the mere pleasure to kill. I was very shocked as she explains that even twin serial killers had different motives for self satisfaction.

Katherine explains what tools are being used by the medical field today and how far we have come along.

Amazing, and so intriguing how she left me feeling hopeful that by clinical studies, one day we may have answers.

I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.

Thank you Katherine for writing this book and will surely be reading others you have written.
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I first read about serial killer H.H. Holmes in the 90's, when I saw a book about him lodged on a bookstore shelf between a series of similar looking paperbacks about American serial killers written by Harold Schecter. I didn't buy his books, but skimmed more than my fair share at the bookstore(sorry, Harold). I was hoping to find out more of the most interesting parts of the story when I bought this book.

What I got instead was a very smooth read, with the bonus of it being well-formatted for the kindle. I enjoyed the story, got through it in one sitting, and was duly horrified. Perhaps not as much as I'd like, though. Key aspects of the story's appeal were left out. For instance, the incredible three-story murder hotel Holmes had built to order, a fiendishly depraved construct if ever there was one, was described in vague detail. The same can be said for the relationship between Holmes and his murdered partner's wife and children, which became so close that they traveled together for extended periods, exchanged numerous letters, and Holmes considered himself akin to a father of the children he long planned to murder. Likewise as to Holmes's upbringing and psychology. We get next to no quotes from him or others he knew. What is it like to be not just a murderer, but so particularly vile a murderer? What made him tick? What was it like to know this man -- if you lived to tell the tale?

Ramsland's book instead concentrates on a single murder, not committed in the murder-hotel, and on the chase. Holmes leads detectives on a merry chase through the American South and Midwest, and seeing the extent of it is interesting, but not the marvel residing at the core of the man nor the story readers probably come to the book for. Finally, of course, he is caught.
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In a way that only Ramsland can do, she tells the tale the two journeys and masterfully weaves them together through the well known tale of serial killer H.H. Holmes . Using his arrest, incarceration and trial as the pathway between the two journeys, Ramsland smoothly moves from one to the other keeping the reader gripped.

Through Detective Geyer's re-tracing of Holmes' footsteps as he urgently seeks the locations of his latest victims, we see how a developing law enforcement and legal system becomes vividly aware of the level of gruesome depravity the criminal mind is truly capable and are compelled to ask; "How could a person do such a thing" and today asking; "Can they be detected early and stopped?". While on the other side of Holmes' tale, beginning with the recollections of court observer and phrenologist Capen, we see the beginnings of what would be the scientific community being compelled to ask; "Why would a person do such a thing?" and today asking, "Can they be detected early and healed?".

Ramsland takes us along these journeys and concisely chronicles the pursuit to find scientific answers, leading us through early criminological theory all the way to present day neurological studies and breakthroughs.

As we see these two journeys develop, with each new discovery we see the uncovering and breakdown of Holmes' lies, tricks, deceit and we witness his internal world of narccisitic delusion slowly disintegrate. It is as if this vividly illustrated dynamic represents the hope and belief that the more the world learns and gains a better grip of the psychopathic mind, the more the psychopathic mind loses their grip on the world.
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If you've never heard of H. H. Holmes, this is a fine introduction. Takes just an hour to read but covers everything, and then some. He's pretty creepy, even after some of his brain misfirings have been explained. There's no excuse for his kind of evil.
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