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Whoever Fights Monsters Reissue Edition
Contributor(s): Ressler, Robert K., Shachtman, Tom

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ISBN: 0312950446     ISBN-13: 9780312950446
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 1993
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Annotation: True-crime author Anne Rule calls this "the real thing . . . absolutely mesmerizing". The FBI expert who coined the term "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs tells how he uses evidence from a crime scene to construct a psychological profile of the killer--and unlock the secret of their identities. 8 pages of photos. Martin's.

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BISAC Categories:
- True Crime | Murder
Dewey: 364
Series: True Crime Classics
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 6.75" H x 4.25" W x 1.00" (0.34 lbs) 289 pages
 
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Publisher Description:
Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on "The Silence of the Lambs" shows how is able to track down some of today's most brutal murderers.
Just as it happened in "The Silence of the Lambs," Ressler used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them--Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers of the police to capture.
And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler's gone behind prison walls to hear the bizarre first-hand stories countless convicted murderers. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills, is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.
Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for toady's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

Contributor Bio(s):

Robert K. Ressler (1937-2013) was a supervisory special agent of the FBI as a reserve colonel in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) before retiring. He later served as the director of Forensic Behavioral Services, a business dedicated to training, learning, consulting, and expert witness testimony. He is the author of Whoever Fights Monsters and the inspiration for one of the main characters in the Netflix Original Series Mindhunter.

Tom Shachtman is the co-author with Robert Ressler of Whoever Fights Monsters and Justice is Served. He's also the author of several books of history, including How the French Saved America.



Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1993 February #1)
Former FBI agent Ressler, who coined the term ``serial killer'' in the 1970s, recounts in straightforward style his interviews with such infamous murderers as Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. A BOMC selection in cloth. Photos. (Mar.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 March #5)
Former FBI agent Ressler ( Sexual Homicide ) coined the term ``serial killer'' in the 1970s. Writing with Schachtman ( Skyscraper Dreams ), he recounts in straightforward, fact-filled style his interviews with such infamous murderers as Edmund Kemper, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, William Heirens and Ted Bundy. Onetime head of the FBI's Criminal Personality Research Project, Ressler corrects the misleading, romanticized criminal profiles found in the novels of Thomas Harris and Mary Higgins Clark; recalls how he compiled his ground-breaking, close-to-the-mark profiles of actual criminals who were later apprehended; and tells how he worked with mental-health professionals to explore killers' personality traits. Before Ressler, the FBI knew surprisingly little about dangerous criminals. His quest--catching and understanding criminals--absorbs and unsettles the reader, placing true crime in the real world. Photos not seen by PW. (May) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
 
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