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This book is full of interesting facts and insights into the inner workings of serial killers and their operations. It's NOT an easy read and I don't mean its skill level. It's a harsh, true account of some of the most evil people known to mankind - it's not for the faint of heart. While I did like the book, many times I felt as though I were reading a rehashing of Robert K. Ressler's Whoever Fights Monsters. Ressler is quoted quite often and it left me wondering if it would be better just to he ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it · review of another edition
This was OK, but not great. Just another collection of familiar serial-killer stories for the most part, all dating from the era when this was a shocking new phenomenon. Only the chapter on Paul Knowles really gripped me because the other work I've read about him gave no details at all of his killings. Thank you, Mr. Wilson, for letting me know something about what makes that guy tick. I also feel I know a little more about Wayne Williams and why the authorities feel he is guilty of the Atlanta ...more
A very informative look into criminal profiling. From the time of Jack the Ripper to modern day. Colin gives the very first look into it, who started it and how the behavioral science unit came to be in Quantico. While this book focuses on profiling it also contains many gruesome details of serial killers over the decades. If you have a weak stomach I don't suggest it. Get out your reading glasses too. It takes a while to get through the entire book. It is only 225 pages but the font is tiny ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I tend to prefer the English crime writers, both because their prose is more tasty, and because they take the long view where these things are concerned. Colin Wilson is one of my favorites, he does both so beautifully.
Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, ...moreMore about Colin Wilson...