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The Anatomy of Motive : The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to… (1999)

par John Douglas

Autres auteurs: Mark Olshaker

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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime. Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace. Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late.… (plus d'informations)
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This book was recommended to me by someone who's family is in law enforcement, after she found out how much I love reading books about serial murderers and profiling. She indicated that this one was not the best from this author, since his first, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, was well received. Unfortunately, Mindhunter was not available on Kindle, so I bought this one to read on Kindle while waiting for Mindhunter DTB to arrive.

The beginning of the book was quite interesting, since it gave me some background about the author's education and past experience. He was the first to implement profiling into the US FBI unit. He examined crime scenes and created profiles of the criminals. He studied their work and kill patterns and habitats; predicted their next moves..then built strategies to capture and prosecute them.

Several real and high profile criminal cases were used and explained in detailed in the book, including the Unabomber, the Tylenol Murders and the Green River Killer. They were fascinating to read in the beginning, with one case per chapter. I also learned about some very similar childhood and growing up experiences of those criminals.

However, by the middle of the books, I got tired of the same way the the author kept mentioning about his knowledge, his work and his team, quite repetitive and superficial...I also find the analyses of the motives, the psychological mind and the crimes not deep enough for my background. However, this is a great introductory book for newbies who want to learn about profiling and murdering motives. ( )
1 voter lovestampmom | Aug 8, 2013 |
The subject of this book is fascinating, but the book is marred by poor writing quality. It's worth reading if you're interested in the topic, but there are better choices out there for an introduction to the topic or for the reader who prefers not to be distracted by bad writing. ( )
  Helcura | Dec 17, 2009 |
From the first few pages, I was hooked. This stuff is just so fascinating to me. When you read this book, you are getting several decades worth of experience from one of the top FBI agents in the world of criminal profiling.

After reading this book, I must say that I will see something on the news and think about what was said in this book. The author does a good job of laying out what type of people are most likely to engage in things like rape, murder, arson, bomb making, etc. Through years and years of interviews with everyone from average convicts to famous serial killers, the author has found certain similarities in the types of people who commit some of these awful crimes. He freely admits that he can't be 100% accurate on every case, but most of the people who commit certain acts can be labeled and categorized based on what occurred in the commission of the crime with relative accuracy. The incident in Scotland when the book begins is a good example of this.

One example of something I picked up from the book that is worth noting:

Arson - When a place of residence goes up in flames and nobody is hurt, the first thing to look for are personal items that cannot be replaced, such as photographs. If those were removed before the fire, look to the home owners for a possible insurance motive.

There are plenty of other things that I picked up as well. Mainly, that there are certain commonalities among the people who commit crimes like arson, mass murder, bomb making, etc. Most people would probably agree that all types of crimes have similarities, but how many of us know what those are? How many people know what the difference between a person with 2 stab wounds and 20 stab wounds is? What about the difference between a body that is posed or covered up versus one that isn't? These questions and more are tackled by the author with great detail.

If I could say one thing in regards to this book it is that the author is not speaking from the point of view of a years worth of library research. He didn't read a bunch of case files and try and extrapolate the psycho-babble from the case notes. He actually talked to a lot of very bad people face to face. He played on their egos and personalities to get them to open up to him in ways that they normally wouldn't with him being an FBI agent. This book is the result of years and years worth of face to face conversations with some of the worst human beings to ever walk the planet. I don't know that anyone else could have written this book and managed to make it as believable as John Douglas.

If you are a fan of criminal psychology, read this book. Forget the who, what, and how. There's a bunch of "true crime" books out there that cover those issues. This book attempts to answer the "why". ( )
  MatthewN | Dec 29, 2007 |
A must have for any thriller or mystery writer's shelf. ( )
  McGrewc | Apr 8, 2007 |
The best dissection of motive of sexual predators and killers to date. Douglas is the foremost authority on murder/rape. ( )
  hawkeye3.keith | Feb 19, 2007 |
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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime. Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace. Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late.

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