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Ich Jagte Hannibal Lecter

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,501 ratings  ·  84 reviews
This book is an overview of the career of the FBI man who nearly single-handedly created the system for personality profiling of violent offenders. If there's a big-time multiple murderer from about 1950 until now who hasn't been interviewed by Robert Ressler, he probably refused the honor. Indispensable reading for serial killer mavens, and better written than John Dougla ...more
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Published (first published 1992)
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Rose
This book contains graphic descriptions of horrific crimes, photos of dead bodies at crime scenes, plus a lot of information that would be quite useful to killers wanting to fool those hunting them.

That being said, I find it slightly disturbing that my copy of this book, which has been so well-read that it is falling to pieces, has come through inter-library loan from my local prison. My county doesn't have any other copies of this book.

Some helpful notations have been added by a previous reader
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Jackie
An interesting enough book, but I found myself frequently distracted by the desire to make an armchair diagnosis of the author himself, who spent a good 10% of the book either patting himself on the back via cheesy quotes from letter of commendation, or digressing into the settling of petty scores over past slights. (For example, he spends a good page-and-a-half explaining why he was late for his orientation as a new FBI agent, why it wasn't his fault, and why the superior who called him on it w ...more
Casey
Pretty interesting. About a man that made a study of serial killers (in fact he's the one that coined the phrase).

He breaks down the different kinds of killers; organized or disorganized, and what it takes to fit into each catigory. He goes through some case studies and bits of the interviews, how the men will still try to control and manipulate.

It's and older book and I found myself checking up on some of the guys and what's happening with them now.
Rachel
Aug 19, 2009 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in true crime and/or serial killers, psychology
Recommended to Rachel by: amazon
this was a pretty fascinating book. there is a lot of information on individual serial killers and their stories, from the eyes of the man who started the behavioral science unit within the fbi. although sometimes he writes in a little bit of a big-headed way, the information and stories he presents are very interesting to read. the main problem is that it is outdated: it was published in 1991, and he talks about things such as jeffery dahmer, wh wasn't killed in prison until 1994, and also abou ...more
Andre Dumas
I literally could not put this book down..AND at the same time wanted to read it slowly so that it would never end. For a lot of people this will seem weird as the book is very gruesome and terrifying but I just found it pretty damn interesting.

Whoever Fights Monsters details Robert Ressler's career with the FBI in his revolutionary quest to fine tune the process of profiling serial killers. If you're not familiar with Ressler then just know this--he actually coined the term 'serial killer' He w
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Stephanie Gordon
Me gustó mucho. Está muy interesante aunque sí me dio escalofríos literalmente. Lo que más me gustó es que realmente te ayuda a entender más o menos cómo funciona la mente del asesino en serie.
Linda
Studying serial killers makes a lot of sense if we want to do things that will avoid making more of them.
Jessica
Woefully dated opinions and attitudes abound this book.
He utilizes the completely ridiculous body type analysis and even says that while this method of psychology/physiology is no longer considered valid he feels it has it’s value.
He spends a lot of pages blaming mothers for creating the serial killers he talks about in this book, while he does briefly touch upon the fathers role it is clear that he feels it is the female’s duty and responsibility to raise a successful male child and that the
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Outis
Der Stil war etwas mh trocken bzw. hatte den "Klang" der 80er Jahre und war durchweg sehr amerikanisch. Das soll nicht unbedingt negativ sein. Der Aufbau war dafür etwas.... chaotisch. Es gab einige "Sprünge". Es wurden Themen angeschnitten und später weiter erläutert und es gab Rückblenden auf bereits abgehandelte Themen. Ergo: Einiges wiederholte sich doch mehr als einmal. Und auch ein FBI- Mann ist nicht frei von Vorurteilen. Bezeichnete er doch Dungeons & Dragons als maßlos brutales Spie ...more
MayberryAfterMidnight
Disappointing. I found it misguided at best and narcissistic most of the time. If you want to read a truly engrossing book on profiling and the FBI, read John Douglas' Mindhunter. Douglas was Ressler's protégé of sorts at the Bureau and both worked together interviewing serial killers and developing the Behavioral Sciences Institute at the FBI. However, Douglas is funny and down-to-earth, and skillfully interweaves his biography into the story. Maybe Douglas just had a better coauthor (read: ack ...more
Guillermo Jiménez
Creo que editorial Ariel hubiera aprovechado la reedición de este libro para titular tal cómo se llama en su idioma original: Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI.

No hay necesidad de la portada en gris con un titular enorme en rojo que dice: ASESINOS EN SERIE.

Entiendo que la publicación de libros es un negocio, pero, tanto amarillismo en un libro tan serio me parece excesivo.

Ressler es sumamente cuidadoso con el lenguaje. Es un autor de larga tradición en
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Kate
A friend recommended this book a few years ago, and I've had my eye out for it since. Finally found it in a used bookstore a few weeks ago.

So. I definitely slept with the bedroom door locked while I read this. Similar to Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, as I recall it, but more coherent. Will appeal to those who, like me, have a morbid interest in serial killers. Also kind of a cautionary tale--"don't trust anyone" is the basic moral. The book was very informative, and the a
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Sean
Apr 27, 2008 Sean rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: criminology enthusiasts, etc.
I enjoyed the content of this book but the way it was written kind of annoyed me at points... It kind of read like a laundry list of Ressler's accomplishments, which, while impressive, made it a little banal at times. A lot of cliched phrases like "As the reader knows..." made me cringe as an English major. I think the book's content and message - it's basically a case for why the minds of serial killers should be studied further in order to prevent future crimes - was extremely interesting, but ...more
Laura Gurrin
If you have an interest in serial killers (no comment), this book is the definitive guide of the practice popularly known as 'profiling' - using various clues about the crime and the victims, to determine likely information about the killer. The author, Robert Ressler, was one of the early founders of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, and this book lays out a lot of the categories and indicators which have become associated with profiling (organized/disorganized killers, childhood bedwetting an ...more
Joe Roz
Nov 29, 2014 Joe Roz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime, serial killer, fbi criminal profiling fans
Great book. Very nice read for fans of true crime, serial killers, criminal profiling, and fbi. Also a pretty good memoir mixed in.
stephanie
rounding down from 2.5 bc of tone. [saw this recommended on Metafilter awhile ago; hope it's like Criminal Minds, only in book form.]
Jen Whittaker
Loved this book! Read it on a flight across the country. Great insight Into criminology.
Alan
The man who created criminal profiling has some incredible storys to tell.
Jill
I liked this one much better than the books by John Douglas. this guy comes across much more realistic and he's humble.
AJ
If you like crime novels, forensic psychology profiling, and find yourself fascinated with serial killers and their motives this book is for you.

I actually picked the book up after hearing Ressler give a lecture. The book might be slightly dated at this point by the tales he tells of his interogations with Gacy, the Vampire Killer, Bundy, and others are intriguing to say the least.

You won't learn any secret mystery to the workings of their minds but you'll still learn a lot about the field, what
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Aileen
What can I say? I'm a sucker for gangsters and serial killers.
Candy
Horribly creepy, and I couldn't stop reading. It's really interesting to see how the FBI's, BSU, and VICAP were formed.
This book has a lot of gory details about serial killers, interlaced with a few (not super, but informative) chapters about the red tape involved in profiling serial killers, which helps in the future apprehending of these killers. If you don't have a strong stomach, don't read this. If you're like me, and have an odd fascination with the way a serial killer is formed, and caugh
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Snem
Even though it's rather dated and not very well written I really loved this book. Robert Ressler passed away in May of 2013 and he left a really important legacy in the field of criminal profiling. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in true crime, serial killers, and the FBI. It's definitely Ressler's perspective, but there were some parts that really criticized The Bureau and I appreciated that honesty. Warning, it might be a little too gruesome for folks.
Jennifer Ready
Great for what it is. Don't expect perfect writing. This is informational, mainly, but also includes some personal anecdotes from Ressler. He is very thorough and objective in describing these killers and profiling methods and I appreciated the no-frills, straightforward approach. One thing to keep in mind is that this was written in the early 90s, so some things seem a bit outdated. Fascinating book!
Julie
Interesting subject : an FBI profiler talks about some of our most famous killers and delves into what goes on behind the scenes in their minds and what makes them tick. I usually like books like this, but this writing is pretty dry and dusty, thus the lower score.
Christina
Dec 20, 2009 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in criminal profiling
I discovered this book as another one of my favorite authors, John Douglas, mentioned Rob Ressler in one of his books. Ressler is one of the first F.B.I. Special Agents to be a part of the Behavioral Science Unit (now the BAU) with the Bureau and a character in "Silence of the Lambs" was based off of him. Very interesting read with a lot of information about famous cases and criminal profiling.
Steve Parcell
Simply astounding insight in to the mind of a FBI profiler who helped catch guys like Bundy. Yet Ressler is a fascinating individual who although emotionally affected by what he has seen and who he has interviewed still maintains an aura of calm. I can imagine him chatting to a Bundy or a Dahmer as he has discussing murder rather like you would be chatting to a friend. Awesome
Michelle Tooker
As a true-crime aficionado, I learned about this book through some online research. I guess I was expecting a lot more out of it. Many of the chapters contained repetitive information--as if they were geared towards students skimming the book for a class assignment. The writing wasn't that great, but I did learn some new information about disorganized vs. organized killers.
Sean Mcfarland
Great book. Amazing what humans will do to each other
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