The killer across the table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI's original mindhunter
|Format:||Large Print 2019|
|Availability:||Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies|
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.
ContentsIn 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.
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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.
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|Publisher|| New York, NY :2019
|Edition||First HarperLuxe edition.|
|Other Titles|| Unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI's original mindhunter
viii, 513 pages (large print) ; 23 cm