An incredible page-turner, but I would be lying if I say I didn't get spooked a little.
Apparently, Mr. Douglas takes great pride in the job he's committed to, as he should have. When reading true-crime stories, I always couldn't help siding with the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to protect civilians from the darkness of the world. Even though they may come out as hard-charging and less critical, not unlike the law itself, the world is still a safer place with them in it and they deserve the highest praise for their devotion and competency.
Clearly, profiling is an art of both inductive and deductive reasoning, the two processes converging as a dynamic and fluid, almost intuitive string of hypotheses. It is a process based on empathy and shared human emotions. I find this fascinating as I’ve always assumed we can only understand the feelings we’ve experienced ourselves, yet Mr.Douglas has proven that it is possible to walk in other people’s shoes even when you assume there’s nothing you have in common. After all, our minds are structured not so different as you think and we are more than capable of imagining and predicting how decisions are made in certain situations if we want to.
- Manipulation. Domination. Control.
- Homicidal triad- enuresis, animal cruelty and arson.
Another interesting note is that early in his career, Mr. Douglas had already been convinced that the chances of rehabilitation for most of the violent sex offenders were almost improbable, and this conviction has grown stronger with his experiences. As Dr. Samennow said, criminals think differently from responsible people. Criminal behavior, Samenow believes, is not so much a question of mental illness as a character defect.
A serial killer manufactured by an emotionally harrowing childhood.
He’s already getting mixed messages from adult women about what he’s doing.
I’ve become pessimistic about anything remotely akin to rehabilitation for most sexually motivated killers.
If anything had a hope of working, it has to come at a much earlier stage, before they get to the point at which fantasy becomes reality.
The incident usually takes place after a triggering event or what we call a stressor.
-Blitzing-lack of confidence in control anyone else with words.
It could be some other type of ailment or disability, I allowed. Psychologically or behaviorally speaking, it could be a very homely individual, someone with bad acne scarring, polio, a missing limb, anything like that. But with the kind of attack we’d seen, we had to rule out a missing limb or any serious crippling condition. And with all the various witness accounts and all of the people in the parks around the time of the murders, we would have expected to hear about someone with an obvious disfigurement. A speech impediment, on the other hand, was something that the UNSUB could easily feel ashamed of or uncomfortable with to the extent that it might limit normal social relationships, yet wouldn’t “stand out” in a crowd. No one would know about it until he opened his mouth.
A significant role-model adult during the formative years can make a world of difference.
Most of the scenes in the TV show were accounted for, but some extensions and variations might have been executed to dramatize the plot. An interesting example would be the incident of the foot-fetish principal getting fired, where the creators of the show clearly were trying to provoke a deeper discussion of the cost of precaution. On the audience’s part, this is undoubtedly an inspirational and responsible decision, yet I personally have to take Mr. Douglas’s side on this one. Though certainly, it’s true that an increasingly tolerant society denotes re-examining the boundaries between the normal and abnormal that we’ve taken granted for, a line should still be drawn somewhere, especially when children are involved, with extensive consultation with professional knowledge from different perspectives.
The haunting case that was touched on in the show also took up a few words in this book but considering the culprit wasn't captured until almost a decade from this book was written, I assume that'd be a story to be told later.
For most of the victims of these brutal crimes, their fate is already decided the moment they are chosen and subdued There’s not much they can do, especially in a shocked and panic state, to change how it ends.
We’re all vulnerable. It doesn’t matter how much you know, how experienced you are, how many suspect interrogations you’ve handled successfully. It doesn’t matter if you understand the technique. Each of us can be gotten to—if you can just figure out where and how we’re vulnerable. Knowing this is particularly reassuring because now we can be positive even the most treacherous and deceitful criminal masterminds have their weak spots that could be exploited against them. What is even more impressive is Mr. D's ability to skilfully and proactively learn from his own experiences and make connections and associations when there doesn't seem to be any, constantly transferring what he'd seen, heard and felt to his profiling. Everyone has his rock. This sounds legitimate, but the key is how to find the stressor that the subject himself might not have realized.
TV shows inspired:
Law and order
Blue blood (coffee mug)
Questions warranting further investigation:
The propensity of violent crimes hormone related? Otherwise, what else can explain this gender specificity? And in this light, would Freud’s findings have any value in better understanding the basic human psyches?
-Females tend to internalize their frustration and are likely to channel the feelings through acholism, depression, drug abuse and suicide, or alternatively, abuse of younger family members, rather than homicides like men.