The Anatomy of Motive

The Anatomy of Motive

The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals

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Baker & Taylor
An FBI criminal profiling expert discusses his theories of motive.

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The authors of Manhunter and Journey Into Darkness take readers on a fascinating tour of the FBI's serial crimes unit in search of motives for some of the most heinous crimes. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.
Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.
Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2000, c1999.
ISBN: 9780671023935
Branch Call Number: HV7911.D68 A33 2000
Characteristics: x, 413 p. ; 17 cm.
Additional Contributors: Olshaker, Mark 1951-


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Sep 18, 2017

This book is almost 20 years old but still relevant today.

Why do criminals and sociopaths do the things they do? Good answers in this book. Several well known perps are profiled in this book. I found the analysis of Charles Whitman (the tower sniper at the University of Texas) especially interesting.


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