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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.
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This is a streetwise no BS guide to the minds of serial criminals that shatters a lot of stereotypes. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by David Group
I teach criminal justice in a local community college and I have just added this book to my curriculum. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 10 2003
Pat Brown clears up a lot of misconceptions about serial killers that many people get from reading true crime books. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Aug. 15 2003
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. 7 2003 by PrOzacRaiN
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 morePublished on May 23 2003