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Catch ME a Killer Paperback – 19 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd (19 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140297227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140297225
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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An absolutely phenomenal account of serial killers in South Africa. Pistorius is considered one of the best profilers in the world, by the best profilers in the world. She has worked with and learned from the most talented profilers at the FBI, and is perhaps single-handedly responsible for the numerous records South Africa has broken in the solving of serial crimes and the speedy apprehension of serial killers. I own another one of her books and a second one is doing the rounds in my books club, and so I hope to eventually read each and every one of her books.
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I have just read this book and whilst it is a fascinating subject I think it is not very well written. Obviously the author is clearly very knowledgeable but I found this a very frustrating book to read. For example she will detail the deeds of a serial killer and her profiling work in order to catch him, they then do catch him and when he is in captivity she writes 'He began by telling his story' - and then doesn't tell you what his story is...... She also refers to detectives working on the 'Vlakplaas atrocities' - without telling the reader what this refers to. I had to Google it. It's a shame as it is such an interesting subject but I feel the telling of it could have been done so much better. Apart from that, it is shocking the number of serial killers operating in South Africa - often several at the same time! I wouldn't say don't read this book but in my oppinion it is not as good as the other reviewers have stated - and I am giving it 3 stars only because of the subject matter is of interest
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I have been looking for a book about South African serial killers for a long time,so I was glad I finally found this one. The author is a offender profiler who has worked on many of the most notorious serial killer investigations in South Africa so far.This give her a special insight into the subject.I have read many autobiography's of offender profilers including all the books by John Douglas and Robert Ressler and this is one of the best.She focuses on the killers rather than give a lot of unnecessary facts about her own life. Some readers might be offended by her sypathy for the killers particularly Stewart Wilkin and the station strangler (she regards them as victims as well) but she also has great compation for the victims and there family's.This book is great for anyone intrested in serial killers a global problem.
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I have read a few books by profilers because I could just not accept that such evil really exists. Ms Pistorius does not feast on every gory detail of every murder, but succeeds in conveying the broken and twisted humanity in the abyss, without condoning the evil deeds. Her explanation of the psychological background and motives is clear and insightful. The most terrifying conclusion I gained from this book is that South Africa is the perfect breeding ground for psychopaths.
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This is Micki Pistorius's much acclaimed autobiography as an investigative psychologist with the South African police service. It documents her involvement in the country's most notorious serial killing investigations, and offers an excellent behind-the-scenes account of how, amongst others, Moses Sithole, the Saloon Killer, the Phoenix Killer and the Station Strangler were captured. Concurrent with the story of the killers and killings, Micki allows us a glimpse of her professional development, and the many hurdles she faced in the police service, particularly in the company of hardened and distrustful detectives from the various Murder and Robbery Units in South Africa.

Her biography is a raw story, nothing like the clean-cut profilers on television. She is a brave woman who faced things better left unsaid, and paid a hefty Faustian price for her success. It is a pity that for all her honesty about the killings and the murderers - even some aspects of her personal life - I was left feeling that I still did not know much about this remarkable woman. But then, she certainly deserves some privacy after such gruelling and taxing work.

A great big thumbs up for her meticulous and descriptive accounts of South African serial killers and the police work that went into catching them. Readers of crime fiction and students of psychology and criminology alike will gain a lot from reading this book.
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