By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
• Published in 1995
• 384 pages
This book was scary amazing! John Douglas was one of the pioneering Special Agents of the FBI that helped figure out how serial criminals think. He had a 25 year career with the FBI and nearly died from the stress of it.
You know sometimes you read a book and you come across a prolific statement or quote so you underline it, highlight it or as in my case I used a small sticky note; this book has many of these sticking out of it. The first of which is:
“So much of what a law enforcement officer does is difficult to share with anyone, even a spouse. When you spend your days looking at dead and mutilated bodies, particularly when they’re children it’s not the kind of thing you want to bring home with you.”
Mr. Douglas talks about when the FBI was approached about the filming of the movie “Silence of the Lambs” (pg 173) he brought the actor who played the FBI Agent Jack Crawford to his office. The actor Scott Glenn according to Douglas “was a pretty Liberal guy who had strong feeling on rehabilitation, redemption and the fundamental goodness of people.” Douglas showed him the “gruesome case file pictures of cases they dealt with on a daily basis. He even let him “listen to recordings made by killers while there were torturing their victims”, Mr. Glenn cried and said “I had no idea there were people out there who could do anything like this.” I had to ask myself, what did this do to him and his family because he was so driven to figure out these very scary people so they didn’t hurt anyone else?
“But I always tell my classes, if you want to understand Picasso, you have to study his art. If you want to understand the criminal personality, you have to study his crime.”
Most Law Enforcement officers have to learn how to deal with what they see on the job and they sometimes “come off as a cool, aloof son of a bitch” Douglas says. He goes on to say that he and his wife ended up with a different set of friends and he couldn’t talk with any of them about his job. He often became bored in her circle of friends because of the seriousness of what he dealt with any of their concerns where trivial.
This is real world stuff my friends…He says that the “only way crime is going to go down is if all of us simply stop accepting and tolerating it in our families, our friends and our associates. Crime is a moral problem. It can only be resolved on a moral level.”…and I think he hits the nail on the head.
Open your eyes my friends, this is not an exaggeration…