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Anatomy of a motive

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Subcategory: True Crime
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What makes people kill? Specifically, what are the motivations behind serial, mass, and spree killings? Drawing from cases such as the mass murder in Dunblane, Scotland, in which a lone gunman mowed down 16 children and their teacher, the still-unsolved Tylenol poisonings, and the Unabomber, former FBI profiler John Douglas and coauthor Mark Olshaker try to explain the unthinkable. What sets The Anatomy of Motive apart from so many of the theories about these horrific acts of violence is that Douglas and Olshaker have no obvious political agenda. They don't look for easy answers and they don't provide easy solutions. They do, however, offer some insight into the twisted kind of thinking that can lead a person to believe that the solution to his problems lies in bloodshed. They also provide some danger signs that may help to identify the potentially violent criminal before he has a chance to act out his morbid fantasies. While The Anatomy of Motive is undeniably horrifying, it is also illuminating, and Douglas and Olshaker approach their topic with grace and insight.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 19 Feb 2008 19:02:20 UTC.
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    This is another book in the profiler Roy Hazlewood ,John Douglas, books to help you better understand profiling. In this one ,John Douglas looks and the motive behind the act. Another text book and a must read. Peace, Don

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    Andrea_99, Sun, 24 Feb 2008 05:43:49 UTC.

    I love anything by John Douglas. No easy answers, lots of heartache and trauma. Not a light read, but a great book.

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    Cyclone, Wed, 05 Mar 2008 19:55:48 UTC.

    Excellent book full of insight on the motives of certain types of criminals and how they may view the world. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, but the information contained within it is eye opening.

    I've been unable to put the book down since I began reading it. If you're curious about what goes on inside the mind of criminals, you should definitely look this up.

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    bpd072, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 23:23:02 UTC.

    Good story but did not keep my interest to well.

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    luke3302, Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:18:36 UTC.

    Very informative book. I recommend it.

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    Hisrat, Mon, 04 Aug 2008 01:36:22 UTC.

    Douglas goes back so many years, so many cases and yet this book is still just as interesting and informative as the first.

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    nikkit94535, Sat, 13 Sep 2008 00:23:23 UTC.

    This is a great book for anyone interested in what makes criminals think. If you like this one, you should also read his book "Mindhunter".

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    Tigerlilly1, Fri, 07 Nov 2008 10:48:04 UTC.

    This was a book that talks about how people think. Also the characteristics of a Serial Killer. Shows how FBI uses profiling to catch some of the worst criminals

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    CatherineGuy, Tue, 12 May 2009 14:04:56 UTC.

    Good book

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    firecracker_01, Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:28:29 UTC.

    I'm a big fan of anything by John Douglass and Roy Hazelwood.

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    corylovesandrea, Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:39:53 UTC.

    John Douglas is a great criminal thinker and has given me a lot of insight into profiling as I completed my Masters in Criminal Behavior.

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