John E. Douglas is a former FBI special agent, the Bureau's criminal profiling pioneer and one of the creators of the Crime Classification Manual. He is currently a consultant on criminal investigative analysis and the author, with Mark Olshaker, of Journey Into Darkness, The Anatomy of Motive, The Cases That Haunt Us, and Law & Disorder, among others.
Mark Olshaker is a novelist, nonfiction author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. He has written and produced numerous documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated PBS NOVA program Mind of a Serial Killer.
Former FBI agent Douglas and novelist and filmmaker Olshaker (coauthors of Mindhunter) take a stab at solving the cases that continue to haunt us, taking the reader through eight controversial cases that include the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer, and the JonBenet Ramsey killing. Each case is exhaustively presented, with coverage of motive, characteristics and "post-offensive" behavior of the UNSUB (unknown subject or perpetrator of the crimes), the victim and why she/he was chosen, witnesses, original correspondence, and prime suspects. Douglas approaches each case as he "would have as a profiler and criminal investigative analyst for the FBI." Using information gleaned from interviews with criminals, he claims to be able to "predict" what action a particular type of criminal might engage in, and he also considers what type of criminal the police are seeking. The authors use this knowledge to reveal the type of criminal responsible for these cases. Sometimes surprising, this unique book is recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/00.]DKaren Evans, Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Us Weekly Absorbing and surprising.
FBI veteran Douglas is best known as the inventor of criminal profiling as an investigative tool, and in this superbly written and narratively taut new work, he teams up again with Olshaker, his coauthor on the bestselling Mindhunter, to look at eight murder cases that have transfixed the popular imagination. By systematically applying the most advanced techniques of criminology to the information available, he provides new insights and suppositions, even into cases as well trod as that of Jack the Ripper, in some cases identifying who the murderer is, in other cases only who it is not. The cases involve Lizzie Borden, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the Zodiac killer (who went on a murder rampage throughout the San Francisco Bay area about 30 years ago), the Black Dahlia Murder, Bambi Bembenek, the Boston Strangler, and the still unresolved murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Christmas 1996 (Douglas has served as a consultant and an expert witness for the grand jury in this case). In the Ramsey case, although he cannot identify the killer of JonBenet, Douglas is adamant that the parents, John and Patricia Ramsey, did not commit the crime. He profiles the killer as a young man or teen with a personal and specific grudge against John Ramsey. Agent, Jay Acton. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.