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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; Upda edition (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775755
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,036,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brown, CEO of Sexual Homicide Exchange (S.H.E.), which helps survivors, believes that people are misinformed about serial killers, primarily because of the attention given to selected criminals in the press or film. Having once rented a room to a murder suspect, Brown became an investigative profiler. Here, she attempts to debunk the many misconceptions about serial killers, including those regarding their educational background and family relationships. Brown presents her information in a straightforward, slightly cynical manner, which detracts from the book. The subheads within chapters are often too obvious-"Are There Serial Killers in Other Countries?" and "Can Watching Pornography Lead to Serial Killing?" Furthermore, Brown's casual style is sometimes insulting. She describes Munchausen syndrome by proxy as "a nasty little psychological development." When the author talks about whether killers seek victims who look like family members, she says, "When white serial killers kill black women and black serial killers kill white women, this theory is blown out of the water." The book does offer a nonsensational overview of serial killers and profiling that some readers may find interesting. However, what's missing are comments from other experts-police, doctors, etc. Brown includes quotes from killers along with her own commentary on a variety of cases, which is occasionally tantalizing, but this is not a complete reference on serial killers.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Pat Brown can be seen on Court T.V.'s new crime series, I, Detective. She became an Investigative Criminal Profiler after her local police proved ineffective in investigating a murder suspect to which she unknowingly rented a room. As CEO of S.H.E., Brown has dedicated her time to helping the victims of serial killers and their families. She lives in Maryland and Minnesota.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bill runyon on May 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
This a mildly interesting look at the concept of serial killers,
but the author tells us up front that it is not any kind of scientific look at the subject, but it is based on her personal
experience.
She is certainly correct about that.
The author has some experience with a serial killer, and she relates she became interested in the subject because she suspected the police weren't giving that case the proper amount
of attention. So she has studied cases of serial killers to become more acquainted with them and their profiles, and she
does present the reader with many instances of such killers,
but her presentation is not categorized at all, nor is there any
order to them. So we are left with reading a series of individual cases, with little connection amount them.
She does assert that the "scientific" approach to profiling isn't nearly as good as the FBI expects us to believe, and she
presents material showing that there is more in the way of "common sense" details in their profiling, and that regular
citizens can do about as well in that regard.
Plus, her study of individual cases tells her there are more
such cases than we tend to believe.
This is a fairly interesting series of stories, but it is mainly
the author's personal experience and her personal approach to
such complex problems, and, as a result, the book tends to make interested readers pursue the subject in a more serious fashion.
You won't find many answers here, only questions readers will
have to research elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lysa Burleson on May 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pat Brown might be the CEO of S.H.E but that does not mean that she knows anything. Watch any of her T.V appearances or read any of her books and you will see that she contradicts herself, she stumbles over herself, and she plain out-and-out is clueless in many of the areas of serial killing, homicide, profiling, et al. This book is no exception. Pat Brown has no schooling, education or degree in any of the areas that she "sells" in her "business". I have seen her give answers on I, Detective and get them wrong from what every single other law enforcement person has stated. This book contains mis-information, contradictions, and theory. Don't waste your time or your money, buy a book by someone who has the education and the knowledge to back up what they're saying. I have no idea why this book has so many "good" reviews. If I could have given it a Zero rating, I would have.
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By A Customer on Oct. 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most books by profilers and true crime writers exaggerate how profiling
solves homicide cases. I had seen Pat Brown on numerous news programs
and I liked her straightforward answers on criminal behavior and
homicide investigation. She clearly knows that cases are solved by
solid
police work and not by the mostly useless profiles constructed by
people
that never have to account for their content. This is not to say she
condemns all profiling but rather that profilers should stick to crime
scene analysis and not pull suspects characteristics out of a hat. By
the way, this is not a book per se about how to profile nor does it
spend a lot of time on specific cases. What this book does do extremely
well is attack serial homicide and serial killer mythology with logic
and casework experience. She knows what she is talking about and
detectives entering homicide investigation could avoid a lot of
mistakes
in analyzing suspects and their behaviors if they read her book. I have
been in law enforcement for fifteen years and I still learned something
from her take on the subject.
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By A Customer on Oct. 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most books by profilers and true crime writers exaggerate how profiling
solves homicide cases. I had seen Pat Brown on numerous news programs
and I liked her straightforward answers on criminal behavior and
homicide investigation. She clearly knows that cases are solved by
solid
police work and not by the mostly useless profiles constructed by
people
that never have to account for their content. This is not to say she
condemns all profiling but rather that profilers should stick to crime
scene analysis and not pull suspects characteristics out of a hat. By
the way, this is not a book per se about how to profile nor does it
spend a lot of time on specific cases. What this book does do extremely
well is attack serial homicide and serial killer mythology with logic
and casework experience. She knows what she is talking about and
detectives entering homicide investigation could avoid a lot of
mistakes
in analyzing suspects and their behaviors if they read her book. I have
been in law enforcement for fifteen years and I still learned something
from her take on the subject.
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Format: Hardcover
I imagine if Pat Brown were to give a speech on profiling and serial killers with a question/answer session, this book is pretty much how it would go.
Some questions/answers are repeated, but Ms. Brown is thorough, blunt and speaks in an easy to understand language. This book is for anyone interested understanding the motivations of murderers who commit sexual homicide. She uses layman's terms when possible and provides easy to understand definitions of professional terms. Each section is peppered with quotes from famous serial killers, adding a chilling seriousness to the dark humor of her writing.
If it lacked anything, it would be more accounts of real homicide cases. She does include brief descriptions of cases related to various topics she is covering, but the book could use a bit more.
It's disturbing to understand how close by serial killers are to us - in our neighborhoods and communities - and how much they get away with for so long.
This was a quick read - I finished it in one day - but interesting and informative. I especially liked how Ms. Brown debunks various Hollywood cliches about serial killers and profilers.
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