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It has pretty well the same information as Mindhunter by John Douglas
September 14, 2015
This is an interesting book about profiling serial murderers and rapists. It has pretty well the same information as Mindhunter by John Douglas. One doesn't have to read both. To be honest, I prefer Mindhunter for the following reasons: Ressler pays a lot of attention to the development of a criminal personality in the childhood, which is relevant, but gives no clues to either preventing children from becoming murderers or rapists, or salving the crimes that have already been committed. Douglas also mentions the developmental factors, but his focus is on anything and everything that helps to catch the perpetrator. Ressler claims that he did not get any useful information from interviewing the convicted criminals who possessed below average intelligence because they had nothing useful to say. Douglas describes his interviews with the same men -- and lists many factors that he found useful in investigations. Douglas also shows how he made these men to open up, which Ressler does not do. Ressler's book is built around topics -- and almost every chapter mentions the same criminals as their crimes relate to the subject of the chapter. This did not allow me to get a coherent picture of many of these criminals. By contrast, Douglas focuses on the criminal, and brings up all the topics related to the crimes and the interviews of that man. I prefer Douglas's format. Having said all that, both books are informative and, while not masterfully written, are readable enough for an interested reader.