{Free Reading} Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime UnitAuthor John Edward Douglas – Gsagency.co

This review is going to be as much about comparing it to the new Netflix series as it is the book itself You have been warned.John Douglas was a FBI agent who spent most of his career working for its Behavioral Science Unit Along with other agents Douglas interviewed a wide variety of violent offenders including such notorious figures as Charles Manson, Richard Speck, and David Berkowitz, and then he tried to apply what they learned to develop criminal profiles of active unsolved cases If you ve ever read the books of Thomas Harris like Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs or seen the movies or TV show based on them then you might be familiar with the character of Jack Crawford who was based on Douglas Over the course of his career he worked on famous cases like the 80s Atlanta child murders and the Green River Strangler.This is your basic true crime stuff written by a law enforcement professional Douglas gives us his background as a fairly aimless youth who ended up as an FBI agent by pure chance and found that he had a taste and talent for digging into the history of criminals to see what made them tick The book mixes his war stories of cases he worked along with a fair amount of bitching about the criminal justice system, and a little griping about he sometimes felt ill treated by the FBI He sprinkles his story with tidbits of his meetings with serial killers, and brags a fair amount about how accurate his profiles turned out to be for several cases he worked In fact, you sometimes get the impression that the only reason that there are active killers who haven t been caught was because someone failed to heed his advice.In fairness, Douglas does spread a lot of credit around to his fellow agents and local cops he worked with over the years, and he goes out of his way to note that the agents of his department are essentially consultants who don t catch criminals themselves The guy did dedicate his professional life to studying the worst of the worst in the hopes of finding better ways to identify and catch them in the future While that s obviously a noble calling you do get a sense of smugness and self aggrandizement from him at times You can tell that he gets a huge kick out of playing Sherlock Holmes and dropping predictions on people that turn out to be right, but there s a notable absence of him ever being wrong about any of them other than minor discrepancies.What s most interesting about this book is how it was adapted into the a TV series The first season of the show is about the early days of the Behavioral Science Unit when they were still coming up with the terminology and methodology they d use to research and study violent offenders in prison Douglas and fellow profiler Robert Ressler have been turned into fictionalized characters, but the killers and their crimes are historically accurate Many of the scenes and stories are drawn from this book, but using created characters as the leads frees them up to add drama as well as pick and choose their spots on the non fiction bits.So while Douglas certainly has had a colorful career and has many interesting things to say I found it a lot satisfying as a TV show than a book Also, if you re watching and liking Mindhunter be sure to check out Zodiac which producer director David Fincher also did. 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aberrantes in quos, perversos, brutais, s o os Monstros da Vida Real Vade Retro If you re a true crime reader in the US, Mindhunter is a must read of greatest hits Be forewarned, though, that Douglas is an almost unbearable horse s a , lacking even the slightest self awareness, and with a zeal for capitol punishment and arrogant dismissal of those who disagree with him that twice came close to provoking me to throw Mindhunter across the room Props to his credited ghost writer who no doubt toned down some of Douglas even obnoxious takes.Also note that the utterly fantastic Netflix series is a different experience from the book I ve seen it It s can t miss tv Read the book The Capitol Punishment Rabbit Hole I am editing this review to be substantially longer than it was in order to provide context on my CP statement, because it s too important a topic to treat casually or ambiguously My view on CP isn t relevant to my criticism What I found offensive about Douglas ranting on the topic is that he repeatedly insults and demeans anyone who has thoughtfully reached an opposing view from his And, yes, I would be equally offended if he held the opposing view and was similarly insulting and demeaning to death penalty proponents He first describes a Road to Damascus experience with himself, Douglas, in the role of God, converting the previously labeled liberal Scott Glenn, an actor he met while consulting on the Silence of the Lambs film, from death penalty opponent to proponent by spending 30 minutes detailing a series of appalling criminal behaviors to educate Glenn on the bad acts bad guys commit As if a grown American man in 1995 or so wasn t aware of the crimes committed by Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and others, and as if anecdotal details of specific acts of brutality alone answer the pre eminent moral, public policy question of our time Douglas lip curl rises from the pages later again as he uses the statements of a pair of survivors of an attack where the husband shot and killed the perpetrator during the event, so no trial occurred and no penalty was ever imposed by a jury to support his position, bolstered with a victims first and only mentality But to double down on the belief that anyone who opposes the death penalty does so not because of moral repugnance for the death penalty or the overwhelming data of the racial and geographic arbitrariness of the federal death penalty in practice in the US, or even because it causes countries with whom we have extradition treaties to decline to extradite bad guys to the US for trial if their crimes could be subject to the death penalty, but because he or she isn t aware of the details of rape, torture, sodomy, kidnapping, intentional infliction of pain and agony, etc committed by these perpetrators against children as well as adults That s a belief unsupported by any data and it defies common sense The childish need to insult and demean everyone on the other side of complex, moral issues simply has no defense and is the crutch of the thoughtless Hence, I found Douglas approach to CP to be flag worthy for other readers that it s just part of the Douglas schtick you have to accept as table stakes for the opportunity to read an otherwise highly informative, well written by true crime standards book If it s going to ruin your enjoyment of Mindhunter, read something else Hopefully, forewarned is forearmed. Ok, this is pure wow The fact that the author doesn t adopt the holier than thou stance so common with law enforcement makes this an extremely enjoyable as well as worthwhile read.Q In high school, I was already six foot two, which I used to my advantage Talent wise, we were a so so team in a good league, and I knew it was up to the pitcher to try to be a field leader and set a winning tone I had pretty good control for a high schooler, but I decided not to let the opposing batters know this I wanted to appear reckless, not quite predictable, so the batters wouldn t dig in at the plate I wanted them to think that if they did, they risked being brushed back or even worse by this wild man sixty feet away Hempstead did have a good football team, for which I was a 188 pound defensive line man Again, I realized the psychological aspect of the game was what could give us an edge I figured I could take on the bigger guys if I grunted and groaned and generally acted like a nut It didn t take long before I got the rest of the linemen to behave the same way Later, when I regularly worked on murder trials in which insanity was used as a defense, I already knew from my own experience that the mere fact that someone acts like a maniac does not necessarily mean he doesn t know exactly what he s doing.In 1962, we were playing Wantagh High for the Thorpe Award, the trophy for the best high school football team on Long Island They outweighed us by about forty pounds a man, and we knew chances were good we were going to get the crap knocked out of us before a full house So before the game, we worked out a set of warm up drills whose sole objective was to psych out and intimidate our opponents We formed up in two lines with the first man in one line tackling practically decking the first man in the other line This was accompanied by all the appropriate grunts and groans and shrieks of pain We could see from the faces of the Wantagh players that we were having the intended effect They must have been figuring, If these jokers are stupid enough to do that to each other, God knows what they ll do to us In fact, the entire episode was carefully choreographed We prac ticed wres tling throws so we could appear to hit the ground hard, but without getting hurt And when we got into the actual game, we kept up the general level of craziness to make it appear we d only been let out of the asylum for this one afternoon and were going straight back as soon as the game was over The contest was close all the way, but when the dust finally settled, we had won, 14 13, and captured the Thorpe Award for 1962 c Q We come to St Rita s Church together, only she goes in to see the priest by herself first It reminds me of the police station back when I was in college in Montana, when they separated all of us to check our stories I m sure they re planning the conversion strategy When they finally call me in, the first thing I say is, What do you two have in store for the Protestant kid The priest is young and friendly, probably in his early thirties He asks me these general questions, such as What is love I m trying to profile him, trying to figure out if there s a particular right answer These interviews are like the SATs you re never sure if you ve prepared properly.We get into birth control, how the kids are going to be raised, that sort of thing I start asking him how he feels about being a priest being celibate, not having his own family The priest seems like a nice guy, but Pam has told me St Rita s is a strict, traditional church and he s uncomfortable around me, maybe because I m not Catholic I m not sure I think he s trying to break the ice when he asks me, Where did you two meet Whenever there has been stress in my life, I ve always started joking around, trying to relieve the tension Here s my opportunity, I think, and I can t resist it I slip my chair closer to him Well, Father, I begin, you know I m an FBI agent I don t know if Pam told you her background All the while I m talking I m getting closer to him, locking in the eye contact I d already learned to use in interrogations I just don t want him to look at Pam because I don t know how she s reacting We met at a place called Jim s Garage, which is a topless go go bar Pam worked there as a dancer and was quite good What really got my attention, though, was she was dancing with these tassels on each of her breasts, and she got them spinning in opposite directions Take my word for it, it was really something to see Pam is deathly quiet, not knowing whether to say anything or not The priest is listening in rapt attention Anyway, Father, she got these tassels spinning in opposite directions with greater and greater velocity, when all of a sudden, one of them flew off into the audience Everyone grabbed for it I leaped up and caught it and brought it back to her, and here we are today His mouth is gaping open I ve got this guy totally believing me when I just break up and start laughing, just as I did for my phony junior high school book report You mean this isn t true he asks By this point Pam has broken up, too We both just shake our heads I don t know whether the priest is relieved or disappointed c Q Then there was the Japanese police officer who had dutifully asked one of the other cops the protocol for greeting instructors one holds in high regard So every time I saw him in the hallway, he would smile, bow respectfully, and greet me with, Fuck you, Mr Douglas Rather than getting all complicated, I d bow back, smile, and say, Fuck you, too c 6 4 2019 UPDATEMindhunter Season 2 Charlize Theron Says August Debut, Plus Son of Sam Confirmed to AppearCharlize Theron is one of the Executive Producers of Mindhunter and during an interview with Howard Stern, she revealed the second season of Mindhunter was returning on August 2019 Although Netflix has not confirmed any specific date, August 2019 seems to be pretty solid with all of the news updates are using this information One of the main focuses will be the Atlanta child murders There are rumors of other serial killers, however, this series has been very cagy in not having any photos articles teasers out The two articles below have a bit information Will be counting the months till August Heads Up for the New Netflix Series, Mindhunter Spoiler Free Update Netflix picked up this series and hopefully will arrive in the first half of 2019. I am always looking for something to catch my interest and from the start Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris did it for me back in the day I read the book and was stunned and then the movie came out.It captured the feel of the book for me in so many ways The all star cast of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glen will forever in our minds be the first to talk about and show what a serial killer can beThere was something about trying to get into the head of these types of killers trying to see the why even with all the horror surrounding them It turns out, the prototype for Thomas Harris FBI characters came from John E Douglas But like everything in this life there has to be a start to a process and in the Netflix series, Mindhunter based on this series of books by John E Douglas, takes us back to the beginning How the FBI came to discover and then research this new type of killing nothing predictable, nothing the law enforcement had ever experienced before It went against all the Normal Predictors and also against any of the ways society classified killers These Real men John E Douglas and Robert Ressler were treading new and undiscovered territory learning and making mistakes but also new insights to how these killers came about.This series is not the flash bam, lots of excitement genre It is a series that builds The first episode is the setup and has much to lay out the politics of the times, 1970 s the way the FBI behaves and what it expects from their people You have the intro of the two men who take this journey into the unknown one, Holden Ford played by Jonathan Goff , who is feeling his way and knows from his gut, there is something to this researching and talking to these criminals like people to get them to reveal the whys of their crimes.The other man is the FBI s Behavioral Guy,Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany, a veteran who goes out across the country and teaches police departments the Who, What, Where of this new concept of the mind and how it is not Just People Born Bad As the series goes on we also learn about their personal lives, the different decades and how the changes all around them impact everything After a few entries, we met a Dr Wendy Carr of Criminal Pathology, played oh, so well by Anna Torv of Fringe. She brings the added understanding of these men are on to something big and works to develop a standard questionnaire for these killers And here is the kicker we go with these men when they interview these convicted killers They are real caseslike Ed Kempler and Richard Speck These exchanges are chilling yet also make one wonder how much is manipulated by these killers and how much is real just like the characters in this series So this is my little shout out to something that might interest you if you like these types of readsTV Dramas, etcIt is not a fast paced series but the details are there, the times of the 70s are thereI can say they held pretty true, as I lived them as a young teenand the lure of wanting to see how each of these men survive what they are experiencing.For Reviews, Free E books and Giveaways Behavior reflects personality The best indicator of future violence is past violence To understand the artist , you must study his art The crime must be evaluated in its totality There is no substitute for experience, and if you want to understand the criminal mind, you must go directly to the source and learn to decipher what he tells you And, above all Why How Who Special Agent John Douglas is the man who helped usher in a new age in behavioural science and criminal profiling With 25 years of experience and having hunted some of the most notorious criminals of our time, Douglas has a unique insight into the minds of serial killers.True crime is my thing If someone can hold a conversation with me based on murder and serial killers, you are automatically my new best friend So excitement was at an all time high starting Mindhunter I m not one for binging TV shows, I usually like to prolong my enjoyment for as long as possible, but I just couldn t help myself with Mindhunter on Netflix The book had been on my wishlist for a while, but the show was the excuse I needed to finally get my hands on a copy And the book really delivers There s a lot of murder within these pages A lot And no details are spared Douglas covers a range of different topics related to criminal profiling whether it be his thoughts on why there aren t really many female serial killers, or if such monsters can ever really truly be rehabilitated and let back into society There isn t really a distinct structure to the book, the first 100 pages are basically a background to his career and how he got to be at the forefront for the initiation of what is now known as the Behavioural Analysis Unit I mean, I guess the rest of the book is semi chronological, but he will often discuss similar crimes together.This brings me to John Douglas himself He is clearly a genius when it comes to his area, he knows what he s doing, and I m pretty sure there aren t many who have a better insight into the minds of serial killers However, he is a bit arrogant at times and I found myself rolling my eyes yeah John, you re always right Uh huh If you had been involved they would have caught him sooner Yep You re right Off the top of my head, I can t think of any scenario in which Douglas admits he was wrong about something I discussed this with Matthew and he said about how he read somewhere that often these kinds of people who spend a lot of time in the company of serial killers often begin to take on some of their traits so perhaps this helps explain his arrogance Or maybe you just gotta be like that in this line of work I don t know, but it was my nitpick for this book.At the time of writing, BTK and the Unabomber, along with a few others, had yet to be caught, but my edition had a new introduction at the beginning wherein they discuss these arrests and any other relevant updates So if you re interested in reading Mindhunter, I d suggest trying to find an edition with this introduction.I m actually surprised at how long it took me to read Mindhunter, I thought I d just race through it, but it s definitely the kind of book that you need to savour slowly There s a lot of detail and so much that I was trying to take in that I needed to really focus on what I was reading Ultimately, it was worth it I have a slight book hangover in that I miss ALL THE MURDERS cries but I guess I ll just get my fix from podcasts for the foreseeable future 4 stars from me If you love true crime, this book is a must. Think Like One and Get ThemWhat s that thing that thinks like a criminal, walks like a criminal, talks like a criminal, but doesn t hopefully act like a criminal It s an FBI Criminal Profiler, what else GREAT BOOK In a Nutshell Outside of a killer, a book is a great friend Inside of a killer it s too dark to read unless of course you can find a match there BOOOOOMMMM Gosh, these books bring out the worst in me P.S as you all noticed, the walk like a criminal and talk like a criminal were perfectly superfluous and irrelevant sentences, but they must be there to turn the guessing game into something spicy and challenging the mindhunter tv show on netflix has literally both made and ruined my lifei have so much uni work but all i can do is watch netflixlisten buzzfeed unsolves true crime JUST ended and mindhunter comes into my life its like the universe is enabling my true crime interestsnaturally i have to further destroy my life and read the book He Has Hunted Some Of The Most Notorious And Sadistic Criminals Of Our Time The Trailside Killer In San Francisco, The Atlanta Child Murderer He Has Confronted, Interviewed And Researched Dozens Of Serial Killers And Assassins, Including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, And James Earl Ray For A Landmark Study To Understand Their Motives To Get Inside Their Minds He Is Special Agent John Douglas, The Model For Law Enforcement Legend Jack Crawford In Thomas Harris S Thrillers Red Dragon And The Silence Of The Lambs, And The Man Who Ushered In A New Age In Behavorial Science And Criminal Profiling Recently Retired After Twenty Five Years Of Service, John Douglas Can Finally Tell His Unique And Compelling Story I purchased this book recently having read the rave reviews received for the series of the same name on Netflix I am an avid thriller reader and fascinated by most things related to crime so found this account by John Edward Douglas who is a former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI agent and one of the first criminal profilers a very informative read He recounts some of the cases he has dealt with, many of which are house old names such as Charles Manson and Ted Bundy and gives fascinating insights into the mind of a serial killer.I found the book actually got better the I read and I am now looking forward to watching the TV Series.