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The Cases That Haunt Us

The Cases That Haunt Us [Kindle Edition]

John Douglas , Mark Olshaker
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Patricia Cornwell John Douglas is masterful and unrivaled in scientific and gifted probing of the violent mind.

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Certain criminal cases have a life of their own. Despite the passage of years they continue their hold on the public imagination, either because of the personalities involved, the depravity of the crime, doubts over whether justice was done, or the tantalizing fact that no one was ever caught...
Now John Douglas, the foremost investigative analyst and criminal profiler of our time, turns his attention to eight of the greatest mysteries in the history of crime, including those of Jack the Ripper, The Boston Strangler and JonBenet Ramsey. Taking a fresh look at the established facts, Douglas and Olshaker dismantle the conventional wisdom regarding these most notorious of crimes and rebuild them - with astonishing results.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671017063
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New edition edition (25 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Read!! 19 Nov 2010
By C.A.
This book is one of the most fascinating, gripping and interesting reads I have experienced so far. If you have an interest in criminal profiling then this is the book for you. Douglas covers every angle of the cases in his book so much so that it is almost impossible to disagree with his views. Particularly absorbing is the last chapter on the tragic death of JonBenet Ramsey. Lovers of Paul Britton's Jigsaw Man will also be a fan of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime and John Douglas; a brilliant combination! 15 Nov 2001
This book is amazing!
There are 6 cases told, explored and explained in clear detail from every point of view in the case, not just the authors.
The six cases are; Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, The Lindenbergh Kidnapping, The Zodiac, American Dreams/ American Nightmares ( a section on several smaller but just as horrific cases in America) and the JonBenet Ramsey Murder.
There are pictures of crime scenes, houses, ransom notes and many other pieces of evidence from the crimes, like the ladder used in the Lindbergh Kidnapping!
All the information is explained clearly with several facts that I have never heard of before, and the police forces work (or scams) are revealed and the author gives his opinion on what should have been done.
The most interesting part is though, the way that the author can connect with how the criminal is thinking and why he/she is doing the things he/she did. This is a fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone who is the least (or the most) bit interested in crime! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down yet difficult to read. 20 Nov 2004
By A Customer
The cases that haunt us is yet another truely amazing book by John Douglas. The book opens the world of forensic psychology and criminal profiling giving a new insight. The cases and crime scenes are described in great detail which may be too much for some readers. John Douglas puts himself in the place of both the victims and the criminals in order to truely understand these horrific crimes. By the end of this book you will not understand these crimes and there will be no closure, it will leave you wanting to know more as you turn the last page of this book the cases will begin to haunt you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!! 7 Mar 2013
By Sensian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really, really enjoyed this book. It gave another view on the crimes and the people involved. What we think of as being the general conception of what happened to some of the victims has been turned on it's head by the wonderful logic of John Douglas. I read Mindhunter previously and this is just as interesting a read. I didn't want this one to end!
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4.0 out of 5 stars factual and well presented 26 April 2009
Mr. Douglas has done a wonderful job in putting together several cases which are one reason or another remain in the mind of the true crimes researcher. The cases included are "Jack the Ripper", Lizzie Borden, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Zodiac killer (or killers), the JonBenet Ramsey murder, and a 30 page brief analysis of three interesting American cases (the Black Dahlia, Lawrencia Bemenek, and the Boston strangler).

Mr. Douglas, according to the blurb on the back of the book, claims to be "the foremost investigative analysts and criminal profiler is about time", unfortunately he is one of many to claim this accolade, some who deserve consideration that the title and others who blatantly do not. Mr. Douglas is not one of the worst, but as for his claim of being the "foremost" - there are many in the field, including people he has worked with, that would dispute his claim. The title of "foremost profiler" is not the only thing that Mr. Douglas claims - he also claims to have been the model for special agent Jack Crawford in the novel and movie "The Silence of the Lambs", he is not alone in this claim as several other FBI profilers have laid claim to this influential role.

That being said, this is a well-written crime history book. Mr. Douglas does not do what a lot of American profilers (and some UK profilers) do - he does not forget to apply the social standings at the time and place to the crime, in fact he gives us some of the facts and allows the reader to come to their own conclusions.

When I received this book I was initially disappointed (and discouraged from reading it) due to the fact that the main supporting quote was from novelist Patricia Cornwell.
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John Douglas is without a doubt one of the most amazing men I have ever read about (and I have read about a lot!). It is true that I have a crush on a man I have never met but this has not clouded my judgement about `The cases that haunt us’. This man recognises that in order to catch the people he does that there must be some element of them in him. His commitment to finding the truth and outing the offender/s is unparalleled. He is passionate about his subject, scary though it may be, and doesn’t go for soft or easy answers to any of the cases he reviews. He recognises the work that others have done in solving the cases and certainly goes by the adage `when you know better, you do better’. Each of the cases are amazing, disturbing and relatively unusual. In analysing each one he doesn’t take prisoners and writes directly and candidly, maybe a little bit too much for some stomachs.
If, like me, you have read some of the cases in great detail elsewhere you will still enjoy his take on them. It is particularly interesting to review the judgement by media angle that has permeated a lot of the cases. Some of the crimes are downright scary as they could happen any one of us, some of them are almost comforting (in a strange way) in that they probably wouldn’t happen to every one of us.
This book is a revelation and a must for all John Douglas fans. Anyone who has ever heard of any of the crimes contained in this book would equally enjoy it. It doesn’t make light reading, nor on the beach or by the pool reading (unless you are like me) but it is fascinating and insightful. A joy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shaz
Fantastic, very good read, couldn't put this book down. Gives you so much to think about. Would definitely recommend this book.
Published 3 days ago by sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This is a good read. In general it gives a very balanced approach well till the last chapter which is why it only got 4 stars. Read more
Published 26 days ago by errin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really insightful
enjoyed this book, fascinating views and well written about a wide variety of cases worth a read if you like criminology
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
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Published 19 months ago by W. T. Fletcher
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I was nicely surprised by this book where, rather than follow the more common "lurid" approach to compendiums of horrible cases and or reach more or less facile solutions or... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Guimaraens
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading
The author is an ex-FBI profiler, who is therefore able to provide an expert insight. Six cases are covered, from 'Jack the Ripper' to the JonBenet Ramsey case - the latter of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alan Cambs
4.0 out of 5 stars factual and well presented
Mr. Douglas has done a wonderful job in putting together several cases which are one reason or another remain in the mind of the true crimes researcher. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Su
5.0 out of 5 stars The cases that thrill us
A great read that lets you into the mindset of the investigators and how they pick up on the evidence.enjoyed every page and found it hard to put down. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Dougie 208
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read
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