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Journey Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,882 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
There is only one John Douglas.

We first met Douglas in Mindhunter, which told the story of his brilliant and terrifying with the FBI until his retirement in 1995. And now, again with coauthor Mark Olshaker, he goes even further. We accompany him on the Journey Into Darkness that marks every case he examines; every instance in which he helps police identify the unknown perp

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 6th 1997 by Scribner (first published 1997)
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The subject matter was a little too dark for me here.

Having read Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, I was intrigued enough to look into some other true crime books by John Douglas. Journey Into Darkness claims to look into the why's of criminal deviant (mainly sexual) behaviour, and offers to explain the inner workings of these criminals minds. Although going into this I knew the descriptions and details of various violent crimes would be intense, I found them a little bit to
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makes you think twice about walking alone at night. Or ever. Contemplating a large investment in a barbed fence, a pit bull and a mote after reading about some of the heinous crimes he's profiled.
Heartbreaking and gripping. John Douglas recounts several horrific murder cases he helped investigate, focusing on the victims and their families. They're haunting stories, both in the impact of the killings on the families and then in the stress and grief accompanying the convoluted legal processes that sometimes followed, including a series of technical appeals, in a case cinched both by massive physical evidence and by a detailed confession, that had lasted - at the time of writing - more tha ...more
Apr 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I've always been pretty intrigued by Serial Killers and the people who track them down. If there was a way to get a job tracking them without going through lower law enforcement and the possibility of being stuck in Robbery or Vice or another department I would have made that my career choice.

All told, this is a fascinating book... not for the faint of heart, some of the material is graphic and hard to read.

It is about as close to looking in the face of evil as most people would want to go.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I didn't like about this book was Douglas's tendancy to reference stories that he already explored in his first book. Like the offensive ploy he claims he used that got Richard Speck to finally speak to authorities. He also reiterated the medical condition that downed him during the Green River Killer investigation. (Way to go on that case man, you guys finally nailed him after what 20 years?)

Douglas did write about some interesting cases that I hadn't read about before, and the book held
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
There is no question that John Douglas was good at his job as a profiler at the FBI, and he helped develop a methodology for interviewing serial killers that has provided valuable data. That being said, I have a few points of contention. One is that there has been such an emphasis on serial killers, that everyone who murders someone is liable to be viewed in the same way. Most murderers kill people they know, and much of the time alcohol or illegal substances are involved, or mental illness, or ...more
Robert Finnan
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
John Douglas may or may not be a great profiler, he certainly seems to think he is and doesn't mind telling the reader so ad nauseum.
But whatever his merits as a profiler are, his ability to author a coherent, interesting book is nil.
He constantly loses focus and goes off on tangents completely irrelevant to the subject at hand.
Three long and boring chapters are devoted to one murder, that of a female Marine.
He goes into excruciating detail of her family's history in the most stultifying prose i
Sheila Myers
"Enjoy" is a word most people probably wouldn't use to describe how they felt about a book of this type, but it's how I feel. There's a lot of interesting information presented in "Journey Into Darkness" and, even though I've done a lot of research for my novels, there's a lot in the book that's new to me. Instead of focusing only on the crime and the criminal like a lot of true crime books, I liked the way John Douglas also discusses how criminal profiling started and how it's used, along with ...more
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed most of this because the author can sort of go on and on but it was still interesting to a crime/FBI/profiling freak such as me. Plus I now see where Criminal Minds gets 99% of its storylines from!
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting to see what makes criminals tick. I like to think I learned ways to protect myself and the people I care about. I choose not to be a victim.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read too much of these, you will start seeing these traits in the most unlikely places... and people...
May 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked Mindhunter better because the author stuck to what he knew and kept to a tighter structure. This work was less organized and was all over the map on subject matter and purpose.
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rather boring around the middle
I'm very fond of John Douglas' work, both as the lead FBI profiler and as a writer talking about his professional experiences. This is the 3rd book of his that I've read, and I continue to be happy with his writing, although of the three I have experience with, Journey Into Darkness is perhaps my least favorite.

Published in the mid to late 90s, Douglas shares his experiences with some cases that were, at the time, topical. One of the last chapters is dedicated to how Douglas would've advised LA
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Journey Into Darkness was not what I expected. I expected a much deeper look into the things a profiler uses to create the profile, this book mearly contained stories of cases in which the profile was confirmed. For example I would have liked more information on what elements made a subject disorganised or if and how a profile might change according to unexpected behavours.
Also as someone who doesn't have children I found the first 200 pages boring and very hard to read, I almost lost interest.
A lot of this book can be found (worded slightly differently) in the first book I read by the author, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. The real value in this novel is both in the later publication date - a lot changed between 1988 and 1996 - and in the story of Suzanne Marie Collins.

Ms Collins was a Marine, killed just before graduating from Arlington. John Douglas took a really interesting approach to how he presented her story; first, beginning the book from the point of
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot of repeating stories & sentiment from Mindhunter. This book repeated so much information it became pretty tedious, especially since I read his two books back to back. The new cases he did cover this time were more detailed and all focused on the victims point of views & lives. Which I appreciated, but it could've been 200 pages shorter. I respect his work and his profession. Personally I was more interesting in the use of behavioral science and psychology behind catch ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I'm thrilled I read this one and I ended up skimming a bit. The first half was all about crimes against children and it was difficult to read. But it did have some really great advice to parents, from an FBI profiler, on how to keep our kids safe without smothering them.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another one. The evil of psychotic ppl. The art & science of profiling, the terrible things the FBI had to see and think to give the victims justice, to capture the perpetrator based on the crime scene. God bless these men.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little preachy in places, but there was some really good advice about how to protect your kids from predators.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I pretty much read every John Douglas that comes down the pike, sooner or later. Although I use what he teachers in less life-and-death situations, some of his knowledge and techniques come in to play in my field as well, so I find him educational as well as....I'm not sure I want to say "entertaining" in this context, so let's go with "enlightening."

I will put a disclaimer here, in case no one reads further. Even though in many ways this book is less graphic than some of his others, it deals a
S Sean
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Journey Into Darkness sort of reads like a B-sides compilation of leftovers from Mindhunter, which Douglas/Olshaker published just a couple years earlier. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since Mindhunter was such a groundbreaking and damned interesting book.

The first few chapters of the book are in the Mindhunter mold, with Douglas at times sharing a rapid-fire accounting of the interesting details from many of the serial criminal cases on which he consulted during his storied career, punct
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Любите ли вы сериал Criminal Minds, так люблю его я? А я его, признаюсь, очень люблю.
Прекрасно снятый сериал, с замечательными актерами, да еще и про маньяков и серийных убийц! Прелесть!
Речь в нем идет о команде агентов ФБР- профайлеров, которые охотятся на серийных убийц, насильников и других мерзопакостных персонажей, пытаясь проникнуть в мысли убийцы, понять его действия и предугадать его последующие шаги.
Естественно, я не могла пройти мимо книги, написанной Джоном Дугласом - реальным проф
Being a devoted viewer or shows like CSI & Criminal Minds I thought this book would be interesting since it's written by one of the original Criminal Mind profilers for the FBI. Of course it was more hard to follow these crimes since you know from the start they are real cases. I did question whether I should let myself into that mind set or not. I did like how the author would go back & retrace where perhaps earlier efforts form law enforcement may have missed clues or signs on these cr ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's Journey Into Darkness is a great book. The book does not really have a theme due to the fact that is is non-fiction. However, believe the point of the book is to give the reader insight into the mind of a criminal profiler. As a person who is very interested in serial killers and profiling, this is a must read in my mind. The authors use a style of writing that is very informative yet makes the reader feel like the authors are talking directly to them. Douglas us ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Journey Into Darkness by John E. Douglas is a riveting view into the darkness our society can hide. As A parent myself, it feels as though it holds a heavier grasp than those that don't as a lot of the criminals he talks about did stuff to children. The brazen truths, the in-depth experience from the actual profiler that did these cases, to the relatedness one can feel as he's a family man too would merit this book a 5 stars in my opinion. What holds this at 4 stars is the last few chapters. Thi ...more
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
avid watchers of id discovery and ci network will want to read this book. the stories can get one on edge or push one towards paranoia given the sometimes random nature of the crimes, but the author does a good job of presenting the numbers as tools against this kind of thinking (one should focus more on the probability of a crime occurring and the type of victim/situation/etc.). i enjoyed the social psychological aspect that the author implemented, but it seemed superficial and chastising at ti ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting read for anyone interested in criminology or psychology. Douglas helped to pioneer the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, whose members work to profile serial killers and kidnappers, among other criminals, in order to assist in the arrest and sentencing of these individuals. Douglas not only gives overviews of the many, many cases he has worked as part of that unit, but also adds a personal touch by including bits about his personal life and advice for those reading the b ...more
Rebecca Brae
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Forensic Behavior Profiling
Shelves: reference
I wanted to read a book about behavior profiling and this was a good one. The author's writing style was conversational, so it was a very easy read. Although the cases were older, I felt the author picked interesting ones and went step by step through his analysis process in a logical and well defined order. Each chapter goes through different kinds of crimes/criminals (except a few in the middle that deal exclusively with child predators and one dedicated to the the family of a victim). The aut ...more
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John Edward Douglas is a former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, one of the first criminal profilers, and criminal psychology author. He also wrote four horror novels in the mid 1990s.

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“There are certain crimes that are simply too cruel, too sadistic, too hideous to be forgiven.” 23 likes
“When rehabilitation works, there is no question that it is the best and most productive use of the correctional system. It stands to reason: if we can take a bad guy and turn him into a good guy and then let him out, then that’s one fewer bad guy to harm us. . . .

Where I do not think there is much hope. . .is when we deal with serial killers and sexual predators, the people I have spent most of my career hunting and studying. These people do what they do. . .because it feels good, because they want to, because it gives
them satisfaction. You can certainly make the argument, and I will agree with you, that many of them are compensating for bad jobs, poor self-image, mistreatment by parents, any number of things. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to be able to rehabilitate them.”
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