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The Evil That Men Do: FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood's Journey into the Minds of Sexual Predators

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Twenty-two years in the FBI, sixteen of them as a member of the Bureau's Behavioral Science Unit. Thousands of homicides, rapes, suicides, and other gruesome crimes. Roy Hazelwood, like many investigators, has seen it all. But unlike most, he's gone further -- into the dark and twisted psyches of serial killers and sadistic sexual offenders -- and has emerged as one of the ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 15th 2000 by St. Martin's True Crime (first published January 1st 1999)
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Timothy
Aug 06, 2010 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this before every show on TV was a true crime / profiler / detective type of show. Very interesting. This book will remind you to lock your doors, cover one eye to dialate your pupils in a parking garage, and to keep a round in the chamber and an extra clip in your back pocket.
HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
It's been more than half a year since I took interest in human behavior particularly in criminals. It all started with study of body language and negotiation. It was also the time when I first heard of Roy Hazelwood. At first his name was just one of many but slowly it started to grow and today I consider Mr Hazelwood as one the people I truly look up to. It is to my sadness that he is retired and I never got a chance to listen to his guest lectures on behavior of serial killers. However, I feel ...more
Belinda Frisch
Dec 17, 2016 Belinda Frisch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
The Evil that Men Do. How do I describe this book? Imagine you want to read an informative true crime account of an FBI profiler, but that book is written by a third person who consistently refers to Roy Hazelwood (who you’ve never heard of) in a detached, clinical and uninteresting way. Are there graphic descriptions of gruesome crimes? Yes. But unless your interest is specifically in Roy Hazelwood, and particularly in the history of classifying sex crimes, there are better books on criminal pr ...more
Stephanie
Feb 13, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A better than average book on the thought processes of serial killers, bolstered by his real life experience as an FBI profiler. Hazelwood describes the course of his career in parallel with the development of the Behavioral Science Unit. It is interesting to follow how behavioral science grew from being considered "voodoo science" to a respected part of the FBI procedures to capture criminals.

The book also includes a number of specific cases from Hazelwood's files. I sense the influence of Ste
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Cheryl
Apr 04, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I have read Robert Ressler's books and John Douglas's books and both spoke highly of Hazelwood (though not of each other), so I was interested to get his perspective on the work of the BSU profilers. I don't know if I have just read some of the stories too much or what, but I didn't find this book as engaging as the others. Maybe I am simply looking for something more from the books. Certainly I was interested in the information that Hazelwood had determined that women in this country were not b ...more
Alexandra
I admit I skimmed through this one, as well as two others on serial killers. I can read on serial killers, and horror, and even watch the documentaries and horror movies, but I think with the true text of what really happen theres only so much that can be taken at once. I did enjoy what I did read of this book though, it was scary and real, I think thats why I had so much trouble finishing it, because all the horror that I read about of clowns and werewolves and stuff I know is all fake.....well ...more
Michael Ransom
Sep 05, 2015 Michael Ransom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent source of insights into both the facts of serial killer cases as well as the distorted, maladjusted reasoning behind their desires to kill. Roy Hazelwood was the real-life inspiration for modern detectives and FBI profilers characterized in books (Silence of the Lambs, The Ripper Gene), TV (The Following, CSI, The Killing) and movies (Seven, Silence of the Lambs), just to name a few. He (Roy Hazelwood) and John Douglas revolutionized the field with their meticulous stud ...more
Kelly
Jul 22, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roy Hazelwood is an amazing man. I love stories about how the good guys catch the serial killers, and for some reason serial killers have always fascinated me. It's not the 'what' they do that intrigues me. It's the 'why' they do it? In my next life I want to be an FBI profiler or a forensic psychologist. It's cool when the good guys outsmart the narcissistic bad guys who think they're God. This book has several stories about serial killers, and touches on the why they chose to do what they did. ...more
Amanda
Apr 02, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
You won't find my doors and windows unlocked anymore... This guy, an FBI agent in the Behavioral Science Unit, studied rapists, murderers, and all manner of depravity. In this book he takes you a bit deeper into the horrors of the crimes than you might want to go. Unless you're me, I love depravity!

From the well known stories like the psycho who committed the Atlanta Child Murders to lesser known deviants in small town Nebraska, the terror you'll learn about is fascinating and terrifying. If yo
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Naomi Blackburn
Jun 18, 2010 Naomi Blackburn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is good insight into first, the depravity of man and insight into how evil one can be if "wired" that way. I really enjoyed this book though because I am fascinated by Quantico and Roy Hazelwood, along with John Douglas(one of my favorite authors)and several others, is one of the rock stars of it.
Shannon
Aug 07, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women around the world should read this. It's a great book that really opens your eyes to how vulnerable and trusting you can be and how you can be taken advantage of as a result. It's filled with simple tips that can protect you from male predators. Great book.
Portia
Jan 31, 2011 Portia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books is not writen especially for writers, but it could have been. It is a memoir of sorts, but it goes deep into the mind of the sexual predator. It reads like a novel. I highly recommend.
Jim
Feb 03, 2009 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of one of the first law enforcement people to develop profiles to assist in solving crimes. A good read for those who like true crime books and watch CSI.
Jennifer Bradley
Mar 02, 2017 Jennifer Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating but lurid at times, I couldn't put this down. I also became highly paranoid and checked the locks on my doors and windows a few extra times before bed. The book is refreshingly frank in its presentation of the criminals and their acts, with moments of extremely dark humor sprinkled throughout. I did find the treatment of the book's subject (Hazelwood) to border occasionally on hero worship, but considering what he accomplished in his lifetime, it's warranted. You can't prove a negati ...more
Paul
Jul 24, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. Some valuable information about causality of different kinds of crime and the different characteristics of groups like rapists (usually men of European ethnicity, by the way). The last half of the book is all about Roy Hazelwood and his ability and success as a criminal profiler. I found that less interesting than the first few chapters.

Another reservation about the whole field of criminal profiling. There's no question that Hazelwood is brilliant at this, but he has a number o
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Kim
It is certainly a good book if you like crimes and hearing about the specific cases and profiling behind those cases. I personally really like it, though I found myself having read it over the course of a year and not just sitting down and being able to read it in a few days, as it is under 300 pages in length, it should have been easy. I found myself picking this up for a few chapters, getting either overloaded or bored, and remembering it a few months later. It might just be me, but I have to ...more
Jenny
I found it to be a well-written, easy to follow and very informative book. It has really heavy material though, lots of details, many heartbreaking stories which are going to affect you no matter how tough you think you are. I definitely need a 'lighter' read after this one (Before I start reading the next criminology related book on my list.)

I am trying to think how helpful it is for women to know about the four categories of rapists and all their distinct characteristics though... I suppose it
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Kaine Andrews
While the book as a whole might be mildly interesting to those of us who enjoy reading about morbid things like serial rapists and murderers, I can't say that I wholeheartedly recommend it. The writing style tends to dip at little into the sensationalistic, which seems to spoil the feel of fact-based information that it was trying to convey, and it lacks a consistent voice.

Also, it seems like almost everything is just a brief "snapshot." There's not really enough information to really dig your t
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E Wilson
Apr 26, 2015 E Wilson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


Every so often I have to read a good true crime book ala
Ann Rule, but this wasn't it. The descriptions of the crimes were
mostly just a list of the facts without much personal information
about the victim or the criminal. Even the "profiling " of the
criminals was pretty dull. One big point that Hazelwood came up with
was that some serial murderers were organized, some were unorganized,
and some were a combination of organized and unorganized. Huh?

The book seemed more of a tutorial that a police
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Rosie
Sep 25, 2013 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm not brave.
i don't have the stomach for gory, bloody, and unimaginable horror that is true-crime.
but i had a phase, where i hoodwinked myself into believing that i can survive reading such books. i did survive, barely. but i didn't expect that the nightmares would follow.
those horribly vivid images that haunt me.
but why still read this book, this book specially about serial killers that mutilate, and one that eat his victims?
i dont know. maybe i want to torture myself sometimes.
maybe i want t
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amanda
out of all of the books by and about profilers that i've read, i appreciated this one the most, because it did not engage in the sniping and egos that plague a lot of other profilers' biographies (unsurprisingly many of them have HUGE egos and do not think highly of other profilers). while i think i would have liked a little more direct information or writing from hazelwood, michaud does do a competent job of representing both the man, his methods, and his life. an interesting insight into the w ...more
Ken
Mar 30, 2014 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent look at on of the FBI's first and best criminal profilers, Roy Hazlewood Written by Stephan Michaud this book is more about Roy's journey and some of the cases he has come across during his tenure at the FBI's BSU. There are are a lot of cases that Roy has dealt with that are mentioned in the book but this book is more about Roy Hazlewood and his career that the killers and rapists he has caught. If you like the genre as I do you will really like this book
Robin Mahle
I started reading this book as research for my novel. However, rather than getting the insight into the deviant minds of these horrific and troubled people, I found it to be more of a resume of sorts of Roy Hazelwood. Not that I didn't find it interesting, because parts of it were. I was just hoping for it to be more about the criminals and it really wasn't that at all.
Aurora
Sep 23, 2008 Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely at the top of the creepiest/grossest books that I have read--don't like to read it when alone in the house. However I loved it. It is pretty gruesome, nasty and terrifying--but riveting!
Walter Herrick
Feb 11, 2016 Walter Herrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like how Roy Hazelwood comes across. His area of expertise is different than John Douglas's, even though they worked together and did much of the same things for a decade or so. Well written and interesting but NOT for the faint of heart.
Kara
Mar 26, 2011 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I was expecting more in-depth case studies. Instead, this is kind of a rambling tribute the genious of Roy Hazelwood. There's at least one chapter that doesn't fit with the rest of the book. (Chapter 15, about the sailor that blew up a gun turret on a battleship.)
Maria
Aug 18, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood and true crime writer team up to write this book about serial killers, rapists, and other criminals. Stories are intriguing but downright scary what atrocities humans are capable of doing to each other.
Mark Weightman
Maybe it is in the nature of the material, or maybe I have difficulty with the lack of structure. Offender profile is discussed but through the not so logical schema of case studies back up by reassurances that finding are backed up by research.
Roxana
Jun 17, 2013 Roxana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected. Although it was interesting, it was more focus on the federal agent career than into explain why the criminals he captured did what they did, and how the criminal mind works.I was hoping for a more scientific book.
Liz
Nov 06, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
This book is so weird and disturbing. Outdated sure, but still interesting. It's gross though, so don't read if you have a weak stomach. I read in short bursts throughout this summer. Not sure I recommend this...but once I started reading it, it was hard to look away.
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