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- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Metro (4 Jan. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0079NQAGY
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- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is hardly anything in regards to the actual subject of interviewing Brady, instead, as a lot of people have reviewed here, a load of old tosh about obscure cases that would have no interest to the reader. One of the worst books I've ever read, what a waste of time and money.
Do not read if you are looking for a reason why Brady did what he did but ready if you are looking for definition of murders
Which gets me to flaw number one in this book. While Dr Cowley does a very comprehensive review of numerous serial killings in the last half of the 20th century especially, he misses and does not analyse much the key reason people in the UK still show such hatred to Brady and Hindley. This is simply because they targetted and killed chidren and young teenagers. As someone who grew up as a teenager in the 60s I remember well the anger endlessly voiced that they had both escaped the gallows given these facts. From the other numerous serial murder cases covered in the book, very few seem to have this fact pattern. Child killings where they do occur often seem incidental to other targetted victims.
The book to its credit does a good job of critiquing many aspects of the views on what makes serial killers, from the myths and flaws of profiling in its different forms; that killers do make the personal decision to murder and not as a result of whatever family or socety upbringing issues they may have suffered; and, finally that most are often caught and jailed through their own mistakes and not police work or witness reports, Brady and Hindley being a good example. As a quick footnote one hopes that if this book goes to a second edition, Dr. Cowley will drop the use of the Kitty Genovese case which as summarised in "Superfreakenomics" is now largely discredited on its facts.
Ultimately I found the book a quite interesting read on the subject and the parts on Brady of interest mainly for details of prison life and his comments on those aspects more than anything he says on the subject of murder, having previously written a book on the subject himself it seems. Which gets me to the final flaw in the book which is the whole structure supported by Dr Cowley's rather academic writing style (just look at the chapter headings to see what I mean) ultimately goes nowhere. By the end one feels any good points he was making have been lost and better control of the Brady data and content could have been used to support his arguments rather than dominate the book in large tracts.
Given his age and the view of the UK prison authorities towards him, Brady is unlikely to ever be interviewed again, the UK differing markedly from the USA in that aspect. For many in the UK and based on several of the reviews here that will be fine - it remains to be seen if Dr. Cowley at a future point wishes to ever return to revisiting this whole subject and writing a new book.
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I was hoping this would give an insight into Iam Brady, as whether he is mentally ill has had debate.Read more