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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 her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life's work.

Pat Brown is now one of the nation's few female criminal profilers--a sleuth who assists police departments and victims' families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.

In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take readers behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It's a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes--the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.

Praise for The Profiler

"Pat Brown takes us into the very minds of cold-blooded killers. Most people can't comprehend the `why' behind murder. Pat, utilizing her background as one of the country's leading criminal profilers, coaches the reader as to how a killer thinks, reacts, and kills! Incredible!"
--Nancy Grace, host of Nancy Grace on HLN and bestselling author of The Eleventh Victim

"I've been in law enforcement for almost 18 years now, and after reading The Profiler, I realize how little I understood the mind of the criminal. Pat Brown exposes the methods and the means, the hows and the whys, and exactly what it is that makes a criminal tick--fascinating!"
--Stacy Dittrich, author of Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill and veteran police officer and law enforcement media consultant

"Anyone who has ever had a passion burning inside them to make a difference should read this book. Pat takes her life experience and brings it to the forefront to make a difference in the lives of crime victims and their families. Her insight into these cases takes profiling of criminals to a whole new level. From her work and wisdom comes the hope we all need to end the viciousness of killers who prey on the innocent.

"In her new book, Pat Brown takes the reader along with her as she works to solve grisly crimes that have baffled others. In her relentless pursuit to illuminate what seem to be hopeless cases, she shows just how deep an investigator must dig and all the details that must be absorbed and interpreted."
--Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D., author of Inside the Criminal Mind

"In The Profiler, Pat Brown finally explains the sometimes spooky world of criminal profiling in a way that even an old-school, ex-flatfoot cop like me can understand. This book is a great insight into the mind of a serial killer hunter."
--Chuck Hustmyre, retired ATF agent and author of the true crime books Killer with a Badge and An Act of Kindness

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Books, Nonfiction, True Crime Books, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Psychology

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ISBN-10:  1401341268
ISBN-13:  978-1401341268
Author:  Pat Brown
Genre:  Health, Mind & Body
Publisher:  Voice
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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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