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Talking with Serial Killers: The Most Evil People in the World Tell Their Own Stories [Paperback]

Christopher Berry-Dee
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23 May 2003
An investigative criminologist, Christopher Berry-Dee is a man who talks to serial killers. Their pursuit of horror and violence is described in their own words, transcribed from audio and videotape interviews conducted deep inside some of the toughest prisons in the world. Berry-Dee describes the circumstances of his meetings with some of the world's most evil men and reproduces, verbatim, their very words as they describe their crimes and discuss their remorse - or lack of it. This work offers a penetrating insight into the workings of the criminal mind.

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  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing; New Edition edition (23 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904034535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904034537
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Christopher Berry-Dean is a world-renowned investigative criminologist, and the editor of The New Criminologist magazine. He does not shy from visiting prisons to interview some of the most disturbed murderers who are behind bars - gaining their trust and delving into the depths of their minds.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great deal of talking with serial killers! 17 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I began reading this book with the notion in my head that it would provide me with an insight into a serial killers mind. The first section starts off brightly and does a good job at getting you interested in the way the book will eventually pan out. However, as I progressed I found that the title was more than a little misleading and that the first section by far and away was the best. The problem with the book is that all in all there is very little conversation with the men and women that the book is based on. The author states that he has had numerous correspondance with the subjects, sadly we see very little of this and only brief statements from the 'extensive' interviews carried out. By all means the book is brought together well and does display in great detail the lengths that these people have gone to in order to continue the killing. This though is pieced together by police records and not from the mouth of the convicts as I would have expected.
The author i have no doubts is extremely talented but I feel that the book let me down as much as I bought a bmw only to find the interior and engine of a cortina.
All in all the book is readable and is worth a look at, as long as you undersatnd it is merely 'a chat with serial killers' and not what you might expect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much rubbish 8 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
Whilst each case is a unique interesting one, there are way too many facts and nowhere near enough about the interviews. It also gets less and less interesting as the book goes on but still a good read.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very little conversation involved 11 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
This book should be called ' Why talk to serial killers when you know everything already?' as Mr. Barry-Dee seems to think that we are far more interested in what he has to say anyway. Though he has, apparently, had a great deal of interaction with the people he discusses you would be forgiven for doubting that as he only ever includes a few words from them at the end. It is overly sensational, describing one man as 'a monster in every sense of the word'. I don't see how this can be the case, as one sense of the word is 'a mythological creature' which seems ludicrous unless we all had a mass hallucintion that this man exists. As someone who is studying to (hopefully) become a forensic psychologist, I find books like this one abhorrent as they merely serve to enhance the idea that these people are a different breed to the rest of us, which I find rediculous and not very helpful to those who wish to understand these people better. In addition to this, having read about some of the cases before, I find some of his inferences laughable. This is a man who clearly has his own agenda (pro death penalty, in my opinion). The fact that he takes pains to prove that Henry Lee Lucas is a 'liar' because he contradicts himself seems to suggest that he has little real appreciation of insanity as he judges him on far too rational terms. If you want to learn about this subject, I would suggest 'Guilty by Reason of Insanity by D. Otnow or any of the wonderfully sensative and unsensational accounts of crime wriiten by Brian Masters. Read this is you want to get all the gory details with no genuine thought attatched.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A handful of short excerpts taken from interview transcripts constitute the 'conversation' with serial killers in this book. 90% of the book is Mr Berry Dee hypothesising on what actually happened, motivations and psychology, and presenting his own interpretation and opinion as actual fact. I was left feeling contempt for him because this book is mediocre, sensationalist and completely lacks credibility.

If you are looking for real insight into the criminal mind I suggest reading anything by or involving Robert Ressler or David Canter, genuine criminal profilers not authors with ideas of self grandeur and an over inflated sense of importance.

This book gets two stars instead of one because the only good thing it has going for it is that it focuses on less well-known serial killers rather than the big 5, Dahmer, Bundy, Manson, Nielsen and Gein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 9 Mar 2013
By Tabitha
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I have always wanted to explore the minds of serial killers, so it was almost like this book was made for me. Christopher Berry Dee has been on various TV programs, and he is a man that knows what he is talking about, in this book he actually talks to serial killers and asks them questions about their motives behind their victims and their murders, and the responses he gets are phenomenal. I recommend this book to those interested in criminal psychology as a career choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dire 26 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
This has to be one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. I expected it to be fascinating. I suspect it hadn't even been proof-read before publication. So many "facts" were at odds with each other, key dates changing from sentence to sentence. Don't bother with it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says on the tin. 27 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Although sometimes there are one or two facts here and there the writer seems more interesting in telling us how he solved this and that by having such an amazing insight in to these psychos minds. Information is given here and there about things but with no explanations after. At times it is badly written and certainly isnt Talking with Serial Killers. Should be called brief sentences if conversations with serial killers. You would be better off reading info of wikipedia. It would be more reliable and informative. At times interesting, other times exploitative and other times just boring and hard keep up with. Took me weeks to finish I got so bored.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor item
Poor item not pleased with the quality ...

a poor quality item, most of the contents of this book is re-hashed info freely available in the public domain. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. D. Elson
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
This book was a great read! An interesting insight into why the people acted the way they did. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Hannah61
5.0 out of 5 stars book
a very good read some insight into their younger years quite detailed i enjoyed reading the book quite happy with it
Published 5 months ago by miss piggy :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read for lovers of the serial killer mind
If you like reading about serial killers and their crimes then this is a book for you. It does contain graphic detail of some of their crimes which turned my stomach a little but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by foxylady27
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written
I have really enjoyed this book. The author is informed and writes clearly wirh a balanced level of detail and description. Well worth a read!
Published 7 months ago by Dawn
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed views
Having just finished reading this book I must say that I have mixed views about it. Although the subject matter is interesting, the standard of editing/proof-reading in the book... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Godthelad2
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Really good read. Christopher Berry-Dee did a good job trying to get into the minds of the ciminals he
interviewed. Norma Warrington
Published 11 months ago by norma daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars LADIES I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO YOU BEFORE YOU START MEETING GUYS...
I have to say this book is a really good book if people who would like to understand a serial killer's mind. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Intreaguing.
Very well written with a clear and concise explanation and delivery of the facts. A story that horrifies but enlightens too.
Published 23 months ago by Jules51
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
I love this book and make you understand what is behind a serial killer... Why they do this and what is going on in their head !!
Published 24 months ago by Pen Name
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