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What it’s about:
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his twenty-five-year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.
As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims’ peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer’s and the victim’s actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
It’s no secret that I’m a true crime junkie and I find the topic of true crime super interesting. So I definitely had to give this book a read!
John Douglas was one of the first criminal profilers and in this book, he shares how he came up with profiling as a practice. He interviewed so many serial killers and compiled a kind of database to figure out what certain types of killers had in common and how to profile an unknown subject or suspect (unsub).
This book shows you what it was like for Douglas to immerse himself in the minds of notorious killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Charles Manson.
It’s kind of dark, but it’s extremely interesting. It was as suspenseful and page-turning as an exciting suspense novel but sadly, it’s all true.