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The killer across the table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI's original Mindhunter

by Douglas, John E.,

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Summary

The legendary FBI criminal profiler, number-one New York Times bestselling author, and inspiration for the hit Netflix show Mindhunter delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process, and divulging the strategies used to crack some of America's most challenging cases.



The FBI's pioneer of criminal profiling, former special agent John Douglas, has studied and interviewed many of America's most notorious killers--including Charles Manson, "Son of Sam Killer" David Berkowitz and "BTK Strangler" Dennis Rader--trained FBI agents and investigators around and the world, and helped educate the country about these deadly predators and how they operate, and has become a legend in popular culture, fictionalized in The Silence of the Lambs and the hit television shows Criminal Minds and Mindhunter.

Twenty years after his famous memoir, the man who literally wrote the book on FBI criminal profiling opens his case files once again. In this riveting work of true crime, he spotlights four of the most diabolical criminals he's confronted, interviewed and learned from. Going deep into each man's life and crimes, he outlines the factors that led them to murder and how he used his interrogation skills to expose their means, motives, and true evil. Like the hit Netflix show, The Killer Across the Table is centered around Douglas' unique interrogation and profiling process. With his longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, Douglas recounts the chilling encounters with these four killers as he experienced them--revealing for the first time his profile methods in detail.

Going step by step through his interviews, Douglas explains how he connects each killer's crimes to the specific conversation, and contrasts these encounters with those of other deadly criminals to show what he learns from each one. In the process, he returns to other famous cases, killers and interviews that have shaped his career, describing how the knowledge he gained from those exchanges helped prepare him for these.

A glimpse into the mind of a man who has pierced the heart of human darkness, The Killer Across the Table unlocks the ultimate mystery of depravity and the techniques and approaches that have countered evil in the name of justice.

Contents
In a small room in the big house
Introduction: Learning from the experts
I. The blood of the lamb: Little girl lost ; "I slept well" ; Mind of the killer ; Human fallout ; What the psych people said ; Red rage and white rage ; The bottom line ; "Substantial likelihood" ; Joan's legacy
II. "Killing for me was just like second nature": All in the family ; The abandoned Volkswagen ; Inside the walls ; "The convenience of the situation" ; "There were victims in between" ; Power, control, excitement
III. Angel of death: Playing God ; Working nights ; The making of a killer ; "I haven't changed a bit" ; Fallen angel
IV. "No one made me do anything": The superbike murders ; What happened to Kala and Charlie? ; What made Todd tick? ; "Good or bad, I still want to know" ; Organized versus disorganized ; Nature and nurture
Epilogue: A killer's choice.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Famous as a groundbreaking FBI criminal profiler, a prolific true-crime writer, and the catalyst for Mindhunter on Netflix, Douglas, along with coauthor Olshaker, reveals what he's discerned in the minds of notorious killers. Among the men he portrays are a high school chemistry teacher who beat, choked, sexually assaulted, and strangled a Brownie delivering Girl Scout cookies to his house; a man who took the lives of his friends' kids; and a medicinal murderer who prematurely hastened the deaths of dozens of old people in hospitals. The critical question in solving these cases is ""why?"" After a lifetime spent talking with the likes of David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Charles Manson, Douglas understands their common motivation: manipulation, domination, control. He focuses on four predators, but weaves in details about others and shares his opinions on famous cases and big legal questions, such as who qualifies as legally insane and psychotic, rather than as a criminal sociopath. Douglas's experiences seem to have made him wary of rehabilitation and parole. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, he says, noting that as children many killers exhibited such disturbing behavior as torturing and killing cats. This fascinating and haunting expert account helps us understand why the most shocking homicides occur.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Douglas is legendary; his books are best-sellers, and this one will be of particularly urgent interest.--Karen Springen Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Douglas, a pioneer in profiling serial killers for the FBI, and longtime cowriter Olshaker (The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals) provide an eye-opening and chilling look into the minds of brutal murderers. Douglas and his colleagues had used their experiences talking with killers to develop rigorous interview methods that allowed them "to start correlating the crime to what was actually in the criminal's mind at the time," linking whatever evidence was left behind with the murderer's thoughts, emotions, and motivations. Those methods allowed the agents to add to the study of behavioral profiling by drawing conclusions about what the killers had in common; each offender "grew up without forming trusting bonds with other human beings during their formative years," and their motivations could be characterized as "Manipulation. Domination. Control." Douglas succeeds in taking readers inside his own mind as he worked to understand "four killers [he] confronted" after retiring from the Bureau, using these techniques. In order to make conversations with human monsters-such as Joseph Kondro, who raped and murdered the young daughters of people he knew-productive and educational, Douglas learned how to think like them. Douglas also explains the vital importance of restraining the "moral outrage" he feels at the horrors his interview subjects admit to, so that he can get them to open up about their motivations and triggers. By again separating fact from fiction, Douglas adds to lay readers' understanding of human evil. Agent: Frank Weimann, Folio Literary Management. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Douglas, John E.
FBI Academy. -- Behavioral Science Unit -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Serial murder investigation -- United States -- Case studies.
Serial murders -- United States -- Case studies.
Serial murderers -- United States -- Psychology -- Case studies.
True crime stories.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Olshaker, Mark, 1951- author.
Language English
Description 340 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062910639
0062910639
9780062945815
0062945815
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