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The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths

4 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Pat Brown

In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him--but the police dismissed … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, True Crime Books, Criminal Psychology, Forensic Psychology
Author: Pat Brown
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Voice
4 reviews about The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers...
review by . October 24, 2010
This is an interesting memoir from a homemaker who, through a series of coincidences, became a criminal profiler. Pat Brown rented a room in her family's home to a young man who Pat came to believe was a murderer. In fact, she came to believe that he was a serial killer. The book documents her reasons for this belief, which seem sound, yet no one in her local law enforcement establishment would take her ideas, and the physical evidence she gathered to support them, seriously.      …
review by . November 18, 2010
While the author's discussion of the cases involving one or more deaths are interesting and shine a detailed light on the minds of murderers and the relatives of the victims, there is one glaring absence in this book. Rarely is there any mention that the conclusions of the profiling process led to a conviction. In most cases the discussion includes comments on how distracted, overwhelmed, incompetent and subject to political pressure the members of the criminal justice system are. This was a red …
review by . September 27, 2010
I cannot imagine looking into the eyes of a psychopath or seeing a real, gory crime scene up close and personal. Even though it is sometimes hard to read, I am addicted to the true crime genre. Pat is an amazing profiler and I really enjoyed her book. I wanted to be a detective when I was younger and it was really cool to find out so much about the process of tracking down a killer. If you like true crime, you have to read this book.
review by . May 26, 2010
Professionals usually need accreditation to do a certain job. Be it a police officer, an FBI agent, a doctor, lawyer, etc. What we're presented with here is a self-ascribed 'profiler' who took it upon herself to read a few hundred books (quite a few of which she readily admits were useless) and begin attempting to 'profile' killers. While I might be in agreement that 'profiling' could be a useful analytical tool for law enforcement, this is not the way to become accredited and labeled a 'professional.' …
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