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  • Mass Market Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 15 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312950446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312950446
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 11.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Matthews on Sept. 15 2003
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We all like hearing scary stories about monsters. This book provides a few of them. Because of its pulp horror novel quality it has some redeaming value. The negatives make it not only a bad read, but make me wish that I had not read it. 1) The author spends a lot of time tooting his own horn. This is fine, but you grow weary of it after a few chapters. It wouldn't be so annoying but because of the way he writes comes off as if he is trying too hard to make it sound like NOT bragging. Because of this I grew very aware of it, like when your tounge won't stop worrying at a new tooth-filling. 2) It grows very predictable. We get it! Serial killers are psychos who fit into patterns and act out fantasies. It isn't a surprise anymore once we learned this early in the book. 3) Ressler brags about his profile helping to send 4-5 Chicago teenagers to prison for a a grusome murder/rape. A decade after this book went to press DNA evidence and discovery of the real killers proved that these kids had been railroaded--unequivocally innocent. Ooops! This incredibly gross injustice wouldn't seem so terrible if Ressler didn't come off as such a judgemental, I-told-you-so-ing, J. Edgar Hoover loving cop's cop.
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This book is very intriguing and has some good insights.
Truely a great writer and experienced criminologist, Ressler again gives us an amazing journey into the criminal mind. Highly recommended.
If only Mr Ressler would know that we are more interested in his insight and information then in his ego. Yes, with greatness comes ego, but he should save it for a autobiography (which I am sure would be 1199 pages thick!)
If you filter through his ego, you will discover a valuable addition to your collection
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Many people seem to be put-off by Ressler's "horn-tooting" in this book. Big deal! You're getting an insight into his psychology as well as those he hunts. Ego often accompanies greatness.
The read was fascinating. Ressler offers a dispassionate survey into the psychological make-up of serial killers and other disturbed individuals. Perhaps "dispassionate" is off the mark. He clearly has feelings and opinions, but offers them seperate from his analysis. Ressler doesn't like his subjects, nor approve of them, but he does understand them. His insights just make sense, as opposed to the odd ramblings of other authors on the subject.
Especially illuminating was his explanation of "Organized" and "Disorganized" killers. They have very different make-up and motivation. In addition, his side-by-side analysis of a couple dozen serial killers exposed patterns unavailable in a book solely about one killer, the majority of true crime books.
The resistance to the creation of a Behavioral Sciences Unit was unsurprising, given that the increased incidence of serial killers is a recent phenomena, growing since World War II.
I normally avoid True Crime books, but this one caught my eye, and kept my interest.
Wayne Gralian
Wayne's World of Books / Krakow RPGs
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By D. Mckee on March 24 2003
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I am a big fan of true crime books, and this one doesn't disappoint. Very interesting look inside the minds of serial killers, and some of the reasons behind their actions. I will say that Robert Ressler comes off as very arrogant and spends way too much time talking about himself and his early life before joining the FBI - I ended up skipping past some of it because that's not why I was reading the book. But on the whole a good read that will keep you hooked.
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By "dbreak4" on Nov. 2 2002
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This book is written in kind of "text book" form. Overall it was pretty interesting, but Ressler spent alot of time patting himself on the back, which seem to drag the book on a little too much.
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By "jfq75" on Feb. 11 2002
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I read this book after reading Douglas' Mindhunter therefore I had great expectations for this book. WFM is a good book but one problem I had with it is that Ressler seemed too rushed to cover as many cases as possible. This book isn't even 300 pages and for subject matter like this it should have been over 400.
I take it that Ressler and Douglas aren't exactly golf or fishing buddies. I was annoyed that Ressler had to keep pointing out that he was there first. Ressler made comments like "having to break Douglas in" and he (Douglas) accompanied Ressler to an assignment "as backup". Who cares. It seems to me that Ressler was a cornerstone of the FBI's criminal profiling unit but then Douglas came in and took things over. Maybe some envy on Ressler's part, who knows!?!
There is cases in WFM that are not in Mindhunter but I found for the most part that MindHunter stole WFM's thunder. In conclusion, WFM is a good book. I would recommend it to people who can't find a copy of Mindhunter and to people who want a quick read on a fascinating subject. Not bad but could have been much better. I'll try one of Ressler's other books now.
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Very well written book that gives insight into the ways some of the most infamous murderers in America have been caught (and how some were almost not caught). Ressler also gives a good background about how various crime solving techniques were invented. Very much worth reading, but do not expect it to be anything like a Hollywood movie. Be ready for stories much more disturbing.
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