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This book is an overview of the career of the FBI man who nearly single-handedly created the system for personality profiling of violent offenders. If there's a big-time multiple murderer from about 1950 until now who hasn't been interviewed by Robert Ressler, he probably refused the honor. Indispensable reading for serial killer mavens, and better written than John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's Mindhunter, this book is packed with fascinating details from dozens of cases: The killer John Joubert, for example, started his life of cruelty as a kid one day when he was riding his bike with a sharpened pencil in his hand. He rode up next to a little girl who was walking, and stabbed her in the back with the pencil. Ouch!
Former FBI agent Ressler, who coined the term "serial killer" in the 1970s, recounts in straightforward style his interviews with such infamous murderers as Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. A BOMC selection in cloth. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by E. Matthews
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. Read morePublished on March 24 2003 by D. Mckee
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002
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). Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002 by JOE-JOE BOOKS
From the man who coined the term "serial killer", this book is a completely eye-opening account of the FBI's evolution in dealing with serial murderers. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by A. Bouardi
As I think someone before said, Ressler is pretty self-important and this sometimes gets in the way ("I did this and I did that"). Read morePublished on March 11 2001 by J R Oakley
The information in the book was informative and backed up with statistics and examples. Ressler breaks down crime by explaining how it is divided into four phases and then goes on... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2000 by J. M. Yarbrough