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Face to Face with Evil: Conversations with Ian Brady

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Ian Brady is one of the most notorious and reviled serial killers in Britain. With his co-conspirator, Myra Hindley, he perpetrated the Moors Murders in which five children were abducted, assaulted, and murdered. Dr. Chris Cowley is a forensic psychologist who is in the unique position of having exclusive access to Brady. For six years, he has been conducting groundbreakin...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by John Blake (first published July 5th 2010)
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Shannon Humphreys
Cowley seems a bit too impressed with Ian Brady, in all honesty. I realise he had to make him feel comfortable to get anything out of him, but Brady seems VERY comfortable, while Cowley seems to get little, if anything, new or honest out of him.
Sophie Stokes
I am glad to be rid of this book.
What a load of self-indulgent rubbish.
Cowley even dares to call his work 'research'. This book has a serious case of 'not even wrong' (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Not_even...)

"2 + zebra ÷ glockenspiel = homeopathy works!"

Firstly, the title is misleading. As another reviewer said, it feels like the entire book is just based on maybe 4 sides of A4 of actual conversation he's had with Brady.

Cowley is tremendously anti-psychiatry, and, although I may be biased, he...more
Lynda Kelly
This is subtitled "Conversations With Ian Brady".......but although he visited him for around 6 years I don't think he ever got a lot out of Brady. He still plays his cards very close to his chest and it seems he only agreed to see this doctor so he'd highlight the appalling conditions at Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool where's he's detained.
He's been forcefed for a decade or more now and apparently you can't forcefeed a prisoner/patient if they're sane, only if they're mad. In all the letters he...more
Alina
The following is a response to a review of the book on a different site, entitled "A Fair Review"; it seemed to me unjust - as though every single person who has commented negatively on this book was being irrational. I'm sure this wasn't the intention, however, but I had these general grievances to offload.

"This review was well-written and you've obviously given it some thought. Also, it's good to see someone who's actually read the whole thing instead of those who just skip to the Brady pages....more
Georgie Rose
This book doesn't really tell Ian Brady's story as to how and why the author thinks that Ian committed the crimes that he did, but it is more of a textbook introduction to Criminology and where it could lead you.
As a student with a vast interest in Serial Killers, and the Criminological world in general, I found this book to be an interesting read. It may not be very long, but the sections are intriguing and helped me to gain more of an impression of what Criminology and profiling was about.
If y...more
Kipi
A book about Cowley's conversations and correspondence with the serial killer Ian Brady.
Interesting read for true crime -buffs. Cowley discusses other cases as well as the Moor Murders, which brings depth to the Brady&Hindley case too. Some parts are quite common-sense, but other are more in-depth.
If your knowledge on criminal psychology is vast, there might not be that much new in this book, but worth a try anyway.
Karl
Found this to be pretty poor. The title is deliberately misleading and chooses to make is as titillating as possible while it's a supposedly clinical study into the mind of serial killers, not just Brady.

It fails there too. It's repetitive and occasionally incorrect.

The conversations with Brady are interesting and I found his level of intellect to be a surprise. He's an incredibly bright man. I wasn't expecting that.
Julie Rowe
Been a couple of months since I read this. Fairly short but a little difficult to get in to at the start. Interesting but reading what he said left me cold.
Amanda
Excellent.
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