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I Have Lived in the Monster Paperback – 6 Apr 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671855573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671855574
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Be warned: once you pick up this book you will not put it down! In this title, Ressler includes interviews with serial killers John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer, the best and last insights into the minds of mass murderers. He also sites his views on the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 and talks of his involvement in the Wimbledon Common and Coleherne Pub murders of the 1990s. If you only read one book on criminal profiling, make it one of Ressler's. His fluid style and amiable writing will keep you involved right until the last page. A masterpiece.
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Format: Paperback
The book arrived quickly and in good condition as promised! Then was a great read as I guessed it would. Would use again! Great value too.
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Format: Hardcover
Having studied the psychology of many serial killers and forensic psychology in general I was very disappointed in Ressler's account of Dahmer's crimes. There is no evidence of torture among his crimes and Ressler's assertion that one man was heard screaming from Dahmer's appartment is simply not substantiated. He attributes Dahmer's attempts at making a zombie by injecting hot water or acid into the prefrontal lobes of victims as sadistic in nature whereas it has been ascertained and much reported that such an act was in fact a means to an end (his attempt to 'keep' a vicim for his own control). I don't believe that cruelty was a factor in Dahmer's motives. He was an unwell person who's psychology is not factually visited within this text. Altogether this is a misleading book.
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By A Customer on 20 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
Worthwhile read, but not just for Robert Resslers insight. You get a clear understanding of profiling but surprisingly it's plain old detection that resolves most of the cases. Price wise, it's worth the purchase.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for True Crime fans 4 Feb. 2013
By Wharfrat 39 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the creators of how to profile serial killers by looking at the crime scene and making it possible for detectives and police to narrow in their search of a murderers. Incredible interesting and a very fast read and very, very hard to put down once you start reading.
The author's ego distracts some of the flow of the writing and at some points it almost feels palpable from the pages. This is the reason for only 4 Stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transaction. 28 Nov. 2015
By Darin Jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Exactly as described. Great transaction.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING, BUT...... 16 April 1998
By Granny - Published on Amazon.com
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The case histories were interesting, but this guy has an ego as big as all outdoors. I also read Douglas's book and can't imagine these two ever working together. They would constantly be in the hospital having their arms set from patting themselves on the back. But I digress! I guess when your work takes you into the world of the serial killer, you deserve alot of credit. Ressler's interviews with Gacy and Dahmer made my skin crawl. Thank God this world doesn't ever have to worry that they might be out walking around again. I didn't read his first book, but I think I'll hold off for awhile before I do.
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book for true crime readers 3 Oct. 2014
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
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A MAN WHOM WORKED ALOT OF CASES, a good book for true crime readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summations of Famous Cases 5 July 2002
By Jonathan R. Grimm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I learned a lot that I had not known about the Gacy and Dahmer cases. This book is well written with self-contained chapters on some of the worst cases of serial murder. If the author is self-aggrandizing I did not pick it up. He has justifiable reasons to be proud of his work. Many killers will kill no more because of his and others work. It must take an incredible amount of character and emotional strength to work these cases without going crazy or falling into a suicidal depression. My only criticism is that I am completely uninterested in any professional rivalry between Douglas, Ressler or any others. Both have done good work.
Four stars with a fifth added to raise the review average which, IMHO, is too low for this book.
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