Serial Killer Investigations: The Story of Forensics And Profiling Through the Hunt for the World's Worst Murderers
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In this fascinating, in-depth account of the hunt for serial killers, Colin Wilson, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, examines the ways they can be tracked down and caught, from the tried-and-true methods of the early 20th century to the high-tech processes in use today. Wilson examines such areas as psychological profiling, genetic fingerprinting, and the launch of the Behavioural Science Unit. He delves into the importance of fantasy to serial killers, the urge to keep on killing, the desire to become notorious, and murder as an addictive drug. He includes his own correspondence with serial killers and follows the career of FBI Special Agent Robert Ressler, the man who coined the term 'serial killer' in 1977. Including the worst murderers in Britain and America such as Peter Sutcliffe, Fred and Rosemary West, Jeffrey Dahmer and Paul Bernardo, this book is an essential read for true crime enthusiasts. It is for all of us morbidly fascinated by these gruesome murders but especially by the techniques used to bring those responsible to justice.
Ashamed of being so weak, he had flung himself into bodybuilding until by his late teens he had the physique of a wrestler. As soon as he could afford it, he had bought his first car, and used to drive at 80 miles an hour through the narrow Bingley streets. For as much as he disliked his father, he also admired him, and wanted to be more like him. Where women were concerned he could never match his father or his brothers. He liked to drive around the red-light district of Bradford and stare at
has some harsh words to say about the journalists who kept feeding the media frenzy, even when there were no new developments to write about. They, he believed, simply encouraged Berkowitz to continue, like a child who enjoys attention. Yet what emerged from these interviews is that Berkowitz was not simply a nonentity looking for action to give him a sense of identity. There had been a touch of sadism in his make-up since childhood, when he had poured ammonia into his adoptive mother’s fish tank
married a second time, and started in business as a contractor. But his new wife found his violent tempers a strain. His sexual performance was also infrequent. And then there was the peculiar odour that hung about the house... In 1976 the couple divorced. Gacy continued indefatigably to try to rise in the world and to impress people – when he became involved with the local Democrats, he had cards printed identifying himself as a precinct captain. In 1978 he was photographed shaking hands with
Ormond Beach, where Stano lived. Reports said the death scene looked ‘arranged’. She had last been seen alive hitchhiking. Ramona Neal, an 18-year-old from Georgia, had been found in the same park in May 1976, her body concealed by branches. In Bradford County, a hundred miles away, an unknown young woman was found concealed by tree branches, while in Titusville, to the south, another young woman had been found under branches – a young woman who had last been seen hitchhiking on Atlantic Avenue
claimed to be the killer, declaring that he had left a body on Sigmon Road. He sounded like a white man with strong racist views. Douglas said immediately: ‘This is not the killer, but you have to catch him because he’ll keep on calling 193 Serial Killer Investigations_INS193 193 22/05/2007 14:37:33 SERIAL KILLER INVESTIGATIONS and distracting us until you do.’ He then suggested how this could be done. The taunting tone implied that the man saw the police as idiots. Douglas advised them to go