I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI by Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks Pages: 289
Source: Tantor Audio
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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.
What I thought of this book.
Since I was a teenager I have always had a fascination with serial killers and criminals in general. I know it sounds morbid but I was always curious about what made them tick. Why do they do what they do? If I was smarter I would have tried to become a criminal psychologist but science and I are not big friends…lol.
I have read other novels that Robert has co-wrote and besides John Douglas he is one of my favorites to read on the subject of killers. Robert is one of the first to coin the phrase ‘serial killers’ and is one of the first FBI profilers. It was because of his experiments with talking to killers already in jail that they have a database of information about what makes a person a killer.
This book takes you through some background information on Robert and then some of the cases he was involved in. I am not much on non-fiction but I do love true crime and reading one now and then is satisfying. This was my first time listening to one and for some reason hearing about the gruesome crimes and reading about it is very different..lol.
I can see where some might think that this is a course book for killers to learn how to kill but really if your going to kill then well, you don’t really need a course book as you were going to do it anyway. It’s not a book for the faint of heart because he does describe some things in pretty good detail. (If you read the books you get pictures, so that might not be any better.)
If you’re interested in true crime stories then you will enjoy this one. Each case that he talked about was interesting and I enjoyed the book. I recommend it for true crime buffs!
This was my first time listening to Tom Perkins and I think he as a good for non-fiction. He held my attention very well which is hard sometimes even with non-fiction I enjoy.