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The Killer Across the Table

Narrated by: Jonathan Groff
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

In The Killer Across the Table, legendary FBI criminal profiler and number one best-selling author John Douglas delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers he’s encountered, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to crack some of his most challenging cases. 

Former Special Agent John Douglas has sat across the table from many of the world’s most notorious killers - including Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, ‘Coed Killer’ Edmund Kemper, ‘Son of Sam Killer’ David Berkowitz and ‘BTK Strangler’ Dennis Rader - and has also been instrumental in the exoneration of Amanda Knox and the West Memphis Three. He has gone on to become a legend in the world of criminal investigative analysis, and his work has inspired TV shows and films such as Mindhunter, Criminal Minds and The Silence of the Lambs

In this riveting work of true crime, Douglas spotlights four very different criminals he’s confronted over the course of his career and explains how they helped him to put together the puzzle of how psychopaths and predators think. Taking us inside the interrogation room and demonstrating the unique techniques he uses to understand the workings of the most terrifying and incomprehensible minds, The Killer Across the Table is an enthralling journey into the darkest reaches of criminal profiling and behavioural science from a man who knows serial killers better than anyone else. As Douglas says:

‘If you want to understand the artist, look at his art.’

If you want to understand what makes a murderer, start here.

©2019 John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"John Douglas is the FBI's pioneer and master of investigative profiling, and one of the most exciting figures in law enforcement I've had the privilege of knowing." (Patricia Cornwell)

"John Douglas knows more about serial killers than anybody in the world." (Jonathan Demme, Director of The Silence of the Lambs)

"Douglas was instrumental in expanding our understanding of murderous psychopathy. He even coined the term “serial killer'." (Telegraph) 

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Mindhunter

John E Douglas is a leader in the field of criminal profiling and understanding the minds of serial killers, predators, psychopaths; in fact, every type of murderer. He has interviewed the most infamous of serial killers including Bundy, BTK killer, Ed Gein, Ed Kemper et al. This book concentrates on 4 murderers, all of whom are probably not known to many here in the UK: Joseph McGowan, Joseph Kondro, Donald Harvey and Todd Kohlhepp. This does not make their cases any less interesting. It goes without saying that passages detailing the crimes and minds of these men, in this excellent book, are extremely difficult to read but when it comes to Douglas’s excellent analysis of the ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions that the reader gets an understanding of the ‘who’. Douglas has a no-nonsense cynical view of these men and explains that they all had a ‘choice’ and very few killers, even the most evil, are not insane and are aware of their actions. There are naive critics of those who write about true crime and those who read about it but they miss the point; rarely (if at all) are these serial killers glamorised in these books; in fact, their pathetic and evil personalities are often exposed so that the reader is left in no doubt that they are to be condemned for their crimes and never admired. John Douglas leaves the reader in no doubt where he stands and this serves a useful purpose. Make the right choices !

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Awesome

Better than serries and I didn't think that was posible highly recomended
But not for kids

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Great insight into BAU

An interestingly fabulous audiobook - great insight into BAU and a good companion to "MINDHUNTER"

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amazing

loved it. incredible story and great narration. highly recommend to those who like investigative books and criminal stories

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Very interesting but scary and disturbing.

Interesting insight into the mind of these psychopaths, but ultimately I found it as scary and disturbing as it was interesting and I'm going to need an upbeat book after this.