Book Review: The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS EXPLICIT. IT HAS GRUESOME AND DISTURBING DESCRIPTIONS OF VIOLENT CRIMES. IT ALSO CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE.
The Killer Across the Table is a book that takes a close look at a few violent killers, written by a man that spearheaded the FBIs jump into the emerging field of profiling and understanding the criminal mind.
In this book, John writes about only 4 killers, though he references others for context. He does a case study two traditional killer, ones who raped and murdered their victims, and he goes into how they selected their victims, why they selected them, and how some of why (and why John believes) they committed their crimes. Next, he goes into killings that are not talked about as much: health care killings. The two cases are interesting, because the body count is significantly higher than what we assume can be possible. Again, we see some gruesome details, but end up with a greater understanding of how some of these people think.
This book goes deep into how the interrogation works, and how to elicit information from people who believe they are still the hero of their own story. We can start something of the motivations, victim selection and how people view themselves by reading this book.
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