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Serial Killer Investigations

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  10 reviews
s/t: The Story of Forensics & Profiling Through the Hunt for the World's Worst Murderers
This fascinating, in-depth account of how serial killers are tracked down and caught is by Colin Wilson, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. Wilson's thorough tome covers the tried-and-true methods from the beginning of the 20th century to the cutting-edge, innova
Published June 1st 2007 by Hylas Publishing (first published 1993)
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Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Woah. This book gave me nightmares, turns out there's not a lot of scarier stuff than actual serial killers.

Will read more True Crime!

Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's not so much enjoyable as it is absorbing.
It's written in a detailed narrative style that doesn't skimp on the grisly details but also doesn't come off as clinical.

There are certain sections that needed a quick reread of something light and not so fraught with evil intentions.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was really intresting, I liked it's approch to the subject, and found it very enjoyable.
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Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: criminology
The book is reasonably exhaustive. It includes many offenders with in-depth details of their crimes. It also outlines the formation of the BSU (Behavioral Sciences Unit) of the FBI with some interesting anecdotes. The book leaned heavily into sexual crimes.

For me, the book lacked the analysis of psychopathy within the realm of serial killing. Also, the book could not fully commit to either providing the gruesome details of the (undoubtedly horrible) crimes or whether to hold back. In some cases,
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
AWFUL! This book is basically theft. All it does is retell what former FBI agent Robert Ressler writes in his book on his research on serial killers. Nothing is new in this. it just tells what the he has read in other books on the subject like Ressler's. It should be banned for copyright abuse.
i always hope for more out of these kinds of books than i end up getting but this book was especially weird. from the title, the introduction, and like, maybe the first four or five chapters i was really expecting a history of serial killer investigations/the development of the technique/or maybe like, a breakdown of the way that modern law enforcement agencies conduct their investigations. and that's what i got for the first four or five chapters. i was particularly happy about wilson's comment ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was an interesting read and through personal anecdotes and insightful speculation and conclusions, Colin Wilson establishes early on in the book that he knows what he is talking about. The amount of people introduced was slightly overwhelming but considering how many cases were discussed that's to be expected.
Read if you are interested in the establishment of the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit and the agents and cases which made it successful.
I will be reading more by Col
This book is a really interesting look into many different serial killers. Insight is given into their backgrounds, including possible motives, as well as explanations as to why they may have become such heartless killers.
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
By read their histories of serial killers, we can know their twisted minds by abusing, childhood, etc. To know how to educate, we have to know these abnormal cases. And we know it is impossible to say these cases are only rare or by psychopath. These cases teach us the border normal and abnormal.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
good but no match for John Douglas.
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and