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Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years…
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Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the… (original 1992; edição 1993)

por Robert K. Ressler (Autor)

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LEARN THE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF THE FBI PROFILERS WHO COINED THE PHRASE "SERIAL KILLER" Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran Robert K. Ressler learned how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us -- and put them behind bars. InWhoever Fights Monsters, Ressler--the inspiration for the character Agent Bill Tench in David Fincher's hit TV show Mindhunter--shows how he was able to track down some of the country's most brutal murderers. Ressler, the FBI Agent and ex-Army CID colonel who advised Thomas Harris onThe Silence of the Lambs, 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. And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler goes behind prison walls to hear bizarre first-hand stories from countless convicted murderers, including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy; Edmund Kemper; and Sonof Sam. 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 the world's most dangerous psychopaths in this terrifying journey you will not forget.… (mais)
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Título:Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
Autores:Robert K. Ressler (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Paperbacks (1993), Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks Edition, 304 pages
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Whoever Fights Monsters por Robert K. Ressler (1992)

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    Profiling Violent Crimes: An Investigative Tool por Ronald M. Holmes (meggyweg)
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    Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers - Up Close and Personal por Jack Levin (meggyweg)
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    Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit por John Douglas (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are about early FBI profilers attempting to understand the minds of serial killers. Mindhunter is the more dramatically written while Whoever Fights Monsters included more specifics on profiling itself.
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  ritaer | Jul 9, 2021 |
Interesting as a source document. Thomas Harris started the serial killer boom with Silence of the Lambs, that snowballed into CSI, Profiler, Criminal Minds, etc. So Robert Ressler's Whoever Fights Monsters and John Douglas's Mindhunter can be considered the core nonfiction texts.

At best, profiling is a craft of educated guesswork. At worst, it's pseudoscientific cold-reading, confirmation bias, Texas sharpshooting. It's almost refreshing how Ressler has no compunctions about patting himself on the back, outwitting ass-covering bureaucrats, small-minded local cops, and the killers themselves.

There's a passage near the end:
In recent years, the hue and cry about profiling, and the misinterpretation of it as well as of what the Bureau legitimately does, has continued to increase. The media have come around to lionizing behavioral-science people as supersleuths who put all other police to shame and solve cases where others have failed.
But the entire book goes against this uncharacteristic humility. Ressler recounts how, after hours at a bar, because some Brits challenged them, he and Douglas worked up an off-the-cuff profile for the Yorkshire Ripper. Probably could've caught him too, if the regs had allowed it, beer in hand and all that. ( )
  nicdevera | Oct 1, 2020 |
Maybe more of a 3 1/2 stars, but this is an engaging and super comprehensive true crime book, with a really solid audio. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
My only question after reading this great book is this: Why does the US have way more serial killers than the rest of the world? Looking at it per capita one would think the States were a war thorn place in the darkest part of Africa. ( )
  dahoon | Mar 26, 2020 |
Incredibly interesting, if not a little dry, portrait of serial killers under the lens of behavioral science. I feel (probably wrongly haha) that I could definitely identify a serial killer if asked to. Honestly, the only reason this is getting 3 stars instead of 4 is that I read it before bed a couple times and had the most disturbing nightmares of my entire life. So...proceed with caution I supposed. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
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LEARN THE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF THE FBI PROFILERS WHO COINED THE PHRASE "SERIAL KILLER" Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran Robert K. Ressler learned how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us -- and put them behind bars. InWhoever Fights Monsters, Ressler--the inspiration for the character Agent Bill Tench in David Fincher's hit TV show Mindhunter--shows how he was able to track down some of the country's most brutal murderers. Ressler, the FBI Agent and ex-Army CID colonel who advised Thomas Harris onThe Silence of the Lambs, 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. And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler goes behind prison walls to hear bizarre first-hand stories from countless convicted murderers, including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy; Edmund Kemper; and Sonof Sam. 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 the world's most dangerous psychopaths in this terrifying journey you will not forget.

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