Whoever Fights Monsters My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

ISBN-10: 0312950446
ISBN-13: 9780312950446
Edition: 1993
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Description: Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase  More...

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List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 3/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 289
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how is able to track down some of today's most brutal murderers. Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them--Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers of the police to capture. And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler's gone behind prison walls to hear the bizarre first-hand stories countless convicted murderers. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills, is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large. Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for toady's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

John E. Douglas, Ed.D., entered duty with the FBI in 1970 after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. He received investigative experience in violent crime in Detroit and Milwaukee field offices and also served as a hostage negotiator. In 1977 Douglas was appointed to the FBI Academy as an instructor in the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (BSU), where he taught hostage negotiation and applied criminal psychology. In 1990 he was promoted as unit chief within the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). Serving in that capacity, he had overall supervision of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP), Criminal Investigative Analysis Program (better known as criminal profiling), and the Arson and Bombing Investigative Services Program. Douglas was a coparticipant in the FBI's first research program of serial killers and, based on that study, coauthored Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives. The University of Virginia awarded Douglas the prestigious Jefferson Award for academic excellence for his work on that study. In 1992 Douglas coauthored the first edition of the Crime Classification Manual (CCM), the first study of violent crime to define and standardize techniques and terminology to be used by the criminal justice system and academia. Douglas again received the Jefferson Award for this research and the publication of the CCM. Douglas has consulted on thousands of cases worldwide providing case analysis, interview and interrogation techniques, investigative strategies, prosecutorial strategies, and expert testimony. Included in the list of Douglas's cases are Seattle's "Green River Killer," Wichita's "BTK Strangler," the O.J. Simpson civil case, and the JonBenet Ramsey homicide. Since his retirement in 1995 from the FBI, Douglas has been providing pro bono assistance whenever possible to police and victims of violent crime. Douglas has coauthored both fiction and nonfiction books, including two New York Times best sellers, Mindhunter and Journey into Darkness. He also has coauthored Obsession, Anatomy of Motive, Cases That Haunt Us, Anyone You Want Me to Be, Broken Wings, and his newest book, Inside the Mind of BTK. Douglas does numerous public presentations yearly, belonging to the Greater Talent Network (GTN) agency in New York. His personal Web site, johndouglasmindhunter.com, contains crime information as well as an active online discussion board.Ann W. Burgess, R.N., D.N.Sc., is professor of psychiatric mental health nursing at Boston College Connell School of Nursing. She received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Boston University and her master's degree from the University of Maryland. She, with Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, cofounded one of the first hospital-based crisis intervention programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital in the mid-1970s. Her work expanded into the offender area when she teamed with special agents at the FBI Academy to study serial offenders of sexual homicide, rape, and child sexual offenses. This work advanced an understanding of the importance of the behavioral footprints in crime scenes and the profiling process. Burgess served as the first van Ameringen Professor of Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for seventeen years. She has been a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) since 1994 and continues as codirector of the SANE Training Program at the university. Burgess served as chair of the first advisory council to the National Center for the Prevention and Control of Rape of the National Institute of Mental Health (1976-1980). She was a member of the 1984 U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Family Violence and the planning committee for the 1985 Surgeon General's Symposium on Violence, served on the National Institute of Health National Advisory Council for the Center for Nursing Research (1986-1988), and was a member of the 1990 Adolescent Health Advisory Panel to the Congress of the U

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