Dark Dreams: Sexual Violence, Homicide And The Criminal Mind Hardcover – Jul 19 2001
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"Hazelwood's authentic and unique perspective pierces a darkness most of us would like to believe doesn't exist."--Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files
"Take it from me: Roy's insights and experience prove that he is an expert in crime analysis. The story he has to tell is well worth listening to."--John Douglas, New York Times bestselling author of Obsession and Mindhunter
About the Author
Stephen G. Michaud has written extensively on criminal justice topics. His previous books include Lethal Shadow, a study of sexual sadism, and The Only Living Witness, an acclaimed portrait of serial killer Ted Bundy that the New York Daily News listed as one of the ten best true-crime books ever.
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In a previously read book, "Serial Killers" by Joel Norris, the author attempted both a psychological and biological profile of these murderers with emphasis on both nature and upbringing. Hazelwood and Michaud do not attempt to decipher the 'why' of serial killers in "Dark Dreams." They concentrate on the different types of 'how,' and what the 'how' reveals about the serial killer.
For instance, one of the authors' major themes is the narcissism of serial killers. Many of them come to believe that they are too smart for the police to catch, and start taking unnecessary chances. Some even write taunting letters to the police, e.g. the Zodiac Killer, or commit a crime under the very noses of their pursuers. An example of the latter type of behavior was demonstrated by the stalker, Andrew Johnstone, who stole his victim's underwear out of a Salvation Army box that the police had under twenty-four hour surveillance. The authors point out that a safer method to obtain the same result would have been to steal his victim's bras off of her clothesline.
A few other common characteristics of serial killers that the authors spend some time with are their ritualistic behavior, their employment of paid or compliant partners to 'practice' on, and their use of detective magazines as 'how to' manuals.Read more ›
First I had to go to the web to find any qualifications for Hazelwood. Second I still have no clue as to his educational background. Third lots of good rubbernecking details but lacking sadly on proof of any of his statements. I can tell you what I saw working in 14 years of Forensic Psych but it doesn't mean I am right without hard stats to prove my point. He doesn't yield them. Might they be locked in a safe somewhere because I haven't seen valid proof of some of his theories yet. I can't say they are wrong but I can't say they are right. I need numbers to back up what he says. He also has a very "Christian" start using one of the early Christian writers to exemplify his model of certain behavior. It didn't fly. The parallels were too vague and too cultural centric of a Purtain background. At no time did I feel he was an impartial observer but had an agenda to "prove" something. If he didn't it was the strong impression the book gave. There were some interesting theories that would have been better presented in another manner.
Is it worth the read? For all the faults, yes. It does present some interesting theories that while they might be unfounded in the end [give me some hard stats please] are worth examining.
Roy, I just returned to work from vacation. While on vacation I read your new book, DARK DREAMS! GREAT BOOK!!! This really is a textbook for investigators! As you know, I supervise a group of sexual assault investigators for a mid-size Sheriff's Department in California. As I read your book, I highlighted specific points so I could return to them later and share them with my troops. I now own a book full of yellow highlights. What a great insight! As I think back on past cases, I see where having this information may have been a big help. My next step is to request my department buy a copy of your book and make it mandatory reading for all our sex and homicide investigators.
Thanks for a great book. I've recommended it to people in my department and other departments, as well as my retired law enforcement friends. I'm sure this book will be making the rounds. I'll have to keep careful track of it so I don't lose it. Any cop worth his salt will want this book in his/her library.
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Found the book OK for its time. Of course it is a bit dated now but always good to get information from someone who was integral in criminal "profiling" in its infancy.Published 20 months ago by Kim A. McCaveney
I love reading Non-fiction books, and this was my first on this subject. It was honest, and mystifying, and also horryifing. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Amazon Customer
This book was filled with useful information. It explains the business of profiling very nicely, if not the actual science. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Michelle Lynne
When I first started reading this book, I was expecting a typical True Crime book. Most True Crime books focus on the Crimes committed by a Criminal, however Dark Dreams goes onto... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by ILoveAquaTatu
After reading the multiple 5-star reviews I was very excited to get this book. What a disapointment. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by Jsean
I loved the book--wonderful writing--truthful--and above all very helpful with my area of work. I would recommend this book to anything working in the mental health field--dealing... Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Albert Stiffler
If you're expecting a coherent look at sexual predators and law enforcement's efforts to stop them, this isn't the book for you. Read morePublished on June 5 2003 by Eric Turowski
It's frightening that monsters like this exist in our world, but theres a small relief in the fact that there are experts in this field that are tracking them down. Read morePublished on March 20 2003 by Michael Freeman
This is the first true crime book I ever read and it effectively hooked me on the genre. This book will especially appeal to readers with short attention spans who easily grow... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Tina Engler Keen
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