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Pat Brown
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Book Description

April 1 2008
Killing for Sport is the most valuable insight into the minds of serial killers you'll ever read. While other profilers tend to conceal the clear facts behind complex technical language and psychobabble, Pat Brown actually tells it like it is. Killing for Sport will intrigue you with its honest portrayal of the predator-next-door, how he hunts for him victims, why he likes to torture them, where he tends to stash their bodies, and more. Movies such as Silence of the Lambs, Seven, American Psycho and many others have created myths about serial killers that need to be dispelled: If you think that most serial killers are eccentric, white, male intellectuals, then you had better read Killing for Sport to learn the truth. The more our society is informed about these predators and what really goes on in their minds, the more equipped we will be to protect ourselves from them. With the same dark wit that gets people who work with the criminally insane through their workday, Brown speaks frankly about the monsters among us who kill for sport.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Sept. 10 2003
Format:Hardcover
Pat Brown clears up a lot of misconceptions about serial killers that many people get from reading true crime books. Any question you can think of about this topic is addressed in this book. I highly recommend the book to anyone seeking accurate information about serial killers and the homicides they commit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Personal experience 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Oct. 19 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Oct. 19 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars tough talk about brutal crimes
This is a streetwise no BS guide to the minds of serial criminals that shatters a lot of stereotypes. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by David Group
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book!
I teach criminal justice in a local community college and I have just added this book to my curriculum. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars great book read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a very, cool book! I love reading true crime and this book really tells how serial killers act and how they are caught or not caught. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Different opinions out there
I have never written a review before and am sorry that I felt I had to write this one. After looking forward to this book I was greatly disappointed. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
this book was a really good read, I really like Pat Brown. She shares her thoughts on serial killers and how they think but at the same time she keeps humor in it.
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by PrOzacRaiN
4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward information for professionals/public
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. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by S. A. Farley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad - and not an ego trip
The problem I have with profilers is purely professional. Every time one is brought in on a case, they show boat, don't provide a lot of information, and leave - if the guy is... Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by "detrsimpson"
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like "I, Detective", you will like this book!
I am a huge fan of the television show "I,Detective" and when I found out that Pat Brown had a book coming out, I went out and purchased it. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by Dan Johnson
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