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Once the context of the author's expertise is established, this book will fascinate you

  • Nov 18, 2010
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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 flag to me, as it seemed that the failure to have convictions as a consequence of the author's profiling was being blamed on others. The author also describes that her initial interest in examining the minds of vicious killers came about when a young woman was brutally murdered near her home and she began to suspect the boarder staying in her home.
This led me online to investigate the credentials of Pat Brown and that changed the context of reading the cases from one of skepticism to one of deep interest. I must confess that I share the common fascination of so many people when I hear about a death and am deeply interested in what happened, who did it and the mental processes that criminals, accidental or otherwise, go through. Once you realize that Pat Brown is the genuine article, you appreciate her opinions and analysis in these cases.
Some of them are very creepy as it is easy to empathize with the victims and the brief terror they must have undergone as the brutal reality of their imminent death became clear. The depth of the depravity of the serial killer and at times their arrogance to the rest of the world is disturbing as they also can be very charming and "normal looking" in their appearance and mannerisms.
Reading this book within the context of understanding that Pat Brown is an excellent criminal profiler, you can drop your skepticism and gain some understanding of one of the darkest aspects of human nature.

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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 . 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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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.

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"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 ...

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


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