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Anyone you want me to be : a true story of sex and death on the Internet

by Douglas, John E.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Nonfiction 364.1523 D734
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Collection  Nonfiction
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 364.15 Douglas
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Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  364.15 Douglas
Bridgeville Public Library Civics, Politics and History 364.1 DOU
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Collection  Civics, Politics and History
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 364.1 Dou
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Collection  Non Fiction
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection HV6529.D68 2003
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 364.15 Doug
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Moon Township Public Library Non-Fiction CRIME 364.1523 DOUGLAS
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A balding, podgy father of four sits in prison in Olathe, Kansas, convicted on six counts of murder and suspected in at least five other disappearances. Most disturbing to prosecutors is the method John Robinson used to procure victims. Robinson, police say, was an innovator - stalking his victims online, haunting chat rooms and finding ways to exploit the Internet's anonymity. The story of the 'net's first serial killer illustrates what can go wrong in the virtual world where relationships are established without the benefit of physical contact. The John Robinson story is the perfect window into cyber crime and how unsuspecting people can be drawn into a dark world that can lead to temptation and end in death. Douglas and Singular weave Robinson's crimes into the much larger pattern of internet sex that is occurring everywhere. They interview law enforcement specialists, psychologists, web users, and others involved in this drama. Every technological advance creates new criminal opportunities. At the beginning of the 21st century, the world is linked electronically as never before. A cautionary tale about trusting strangers and being wary of false intimacy, ANYONE YOU WANT ME TO B
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Douglas, a well-regarded FBI profiler, and Singular, a journalist, explore the chilling personality behind the Internet's first serial killer. John Robinson was a bright, personable businessman, husband, father, coach, and Sunday-school teacher in the small town of Olathe, Kansas. He was also a career criminal who graduated from fraud and forgery to sexual predation and murder over a 20-year period. His charm and personality allowed him to escape punishment for many of his earlier crimes, and it was while serving short stretches in jail that he learned of the powerful criminal potential of computers. Through the Internet, Robinson met women desperate for attention and financial security and lured them into sadomasochistic relationships. Through interviews with law-enforcement specialists, psychologists, Internet experts, and others, Douglas and Singular chronicle Robinson's criminal career, sexual misconduct, and the brutal murders he committed. They also offer a cautionary look at the dark world of cybercrime. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Douglas (The Cases That Haunt Us)-criminal profiler, ex-FBI agent, true crime writer and supposedly the model for a key character in Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs- presents the sordid and horrific case of John Robinson, "the nation's-if not the world's-first Internet serial killer." A chubby middle-aged father of four with a long history as a con man, Robinson explored the local s&m underground of Kansas City while skillfully using Internet chat groups to lure sexually adventurous women to Kansas, where he killed six of them, and perhaps five more, before his arrest in 2000. Douglas's methodical pace and his careful accretion of detail to describe bizarre crimes committed by seemingly ordinary people is highly reminiscent of the work of true crime writer Ann Rule, with Douglas seeing the case as being "about sex among unglamorous people and how the Internet had unleashed so many pent-up possibilities." He also spends a lot of time describing how the proliferation of porn-related sites on the Internet has made it "the fastest-growing criminal frontier in cyberspace." While much of this is fascinating, Douglas too often breaks his tone to issue simplistic warnings to the reader ("Nobody can any longer afford to be naive when it comes to cyberspace"). Johnson, writing with journalist Singular, helpfully offers an appendix featuring "tips for helping adults and kids avoid the dangers of on-line predators." (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Robinson, John, -- 1943-
Serial murders -- United States -- Case studies.
Sadomasochism -- United States -- Case studies.
Publisher New York :Scribner,2003
Contributors Singular, Stephen.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
"A Lisa Drew book."
Description xii, 308 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0743226356
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