The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter
The legendary FBI criminal profiler, number-one New York Times bestselling author, and inspiration for the hit Netflix show Mindhunter delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process, and divulging the strategies used to crack some of America’s most challe...more
The Killer Across The Table is the latest book by John Douglas, pioneer in behavioural sciences at the FBI, and the inspiration behind the character of Holden Ford on Netflix’s Mindhunter. In this latest book he examines four different murderers, ranging in victims and signature, as he delves into their mind and discusses the why, what and how of their crimes.
Douglas always has an interesting way at examining these kinds of crimin ...more
Could it be the nature v nurture theory?
Could there be an insanity clause utilized?
Is there clear cut signals, warning signs, patterns (ie. M.O. - Modus Operandi) to illustrate more clearly the violent progression from childhood to adulthood?
Yes, there is and predators, serial killers, and toxic individuals with a need for power and control know all too well that it exists!
These individuals whether you speak of BTK Dennis Rader, Son of Sam David Berkowitz, ...more
Finding the similarities and then some of the differences within the personali ...more
The thing that stands out in the book is his ability to get these killers to talk with ease to him, he has his own ...more
Authors intentions and success of showing it: 4
overall rating: 3.5
WHAT I LIKED
- The academic tone, there was no romanticism
- The fact that the four main cases were not known to me, aka not the biggest cases around
WHAT I WAS MEH ABOUT
- The organisation was all over the place, muddled by John name dropping some of the big fish he had interviewed.
-at times it felt like a money grab. There was not much in there other than showing what these killers were l ...more
That said, there was something missing in this long-anticipated release. I can't put my finger on it, other than to say it's missing the same "heart" as the other books. It wasn't as gripping, perhaps because Douglas isn't relating stories about ...more
This book consists of four cases of killers with references to other similar ones within the section itself. John Douglas details ...more
Unfortunately, killers walk among us and I salute the people who strive to understand them in an attempt to make the world a safer place. This book was very well done and I plan to read more from this author.
I loved the way they analyzed people and explained how they came to their thought process.
It was very interesting and kept me hooked, I love reading about true crime. I also enjoy learning about serial killers in general, especially when it comes to the way their minds work.
I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for an in-depth view at some serial killers, or just murderers in general and how the FBI processes work.
The basis of the book is an overview of four killers Douglas interviewed. We learn about their lives, from childhood up through their crimes, and then we're told about the interviews Douglas later did with each of the men. Direct quotes are included, so we get a good sense of their thought processes. I found these parts informative and interesting.
Unfortunately, the content gets kind of messy as ...more
No, I’m not talking about Ted Bundy or the BTK Strangler, though, they are briefly mentioned in the book as a comparison to Joseph Kondo, Donald Harvey, Todd Kohlepp and Joseph McGowan.
Douglas sat with each killer, interviewing and profiling them, in t ...more
The overall theme of the book is a focus on the stated motives of the killers, who all blame part or all of their homicidal actions on other people, childhood experiences, or circumstances beyond t ...more
3.5 stars (rounded up.
I bounced between 3 and four stars for this one, so settled on 3.5.
Lacking the wide eye wonder I experienced when reading John Douglas' first book, I found this one more slow going.
Still packed full of interesting scenarios and criminals, there was plenty new to learn and experience, but I found I could only read it in small doses.
Overall still worth a read, but not his best work.
Not groundbreaking, but if you have enjoyed his previous work ...more
At t ...more
The Killer Across the Table is quite the journey through some of the most scariest mental neighborhoods you can dream of. Douglass does a great job of sharing his interpersonal descriptions of the time he has spent with some of the evilest killers alive today. The book does a great job of detailing each case and then finalizing the specifics with some in-depth discussion with that killer.
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