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My life among the serial killers Inside the Minds of the World's Most… (vuoden 2009 painos)

– tekijä: Helen Morrison

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Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. She has a physician husband, two children, and a thriving psychiatric clinic. But her life is much more than that. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as four hundred hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She did the last interview with Ed Gein, who was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards and gave her his paintings as presents. Then there was Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams; rapist turned murderer Bobby Joe Long; England's Fred and Rosemary West, who killed girls and women in their "House of Horrors"; and Brazil's deadliest killer of children, Marcelo Costa de Andrade. Dr. Morrison has received hundreds of letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims -- and the spouses and parents of the killers -- to gain a deeper understanding of the killer's environment and the public persona he adopts. She has also studied serial killers throughout history and shows how this is not a recent phenomenon with psychological autopsies of the fifteenth-century French war hero Gilles de Rais, the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess Bathory, H. H. Holmes of the late ninteenth century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties. Through it all, Dr. Morrison has been on a mission to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.… (lisätietoja)
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interviews with serial killers, concludes possible genetic component, lack of emotional development
  ritaer | Jul 17, 2021 |
Hm. An interesting theme (naturally!) and Dr. Morrison goes through quite many cases, a couple of which I didn't know that much about. At first the approach felt scientific and convincing, but the further it went the less convincing it became. At the very end where Dr. Morrison first says that serial murder is basically all in the genes and that's that, and then wants to do PET scans and all other kind of scans to serial murderers' brains to really understand what's going on. I really don't think it's that simple. Towards the end she claims that serial murders are not able to complete lengthy written psychological tests (more that twelve hours is a long time for anyone, I don't think you need to do that at one go) because they are not able to even focus on having a discussion for that long. I mean, come on. That's just bullshit. My attention started to scatter towards the end, when I realised that instead of telling a narrative she was baiscally just listing different murderers. The point really was beyond me at that point.

To conclude, anyone who carries a piece of a serial killer's brain around is not someone who can jugde others for keeping murder trophies. There. That was 5+ hours of my life wasted. ( )
  Iira | Apr 4, 2020 |
My Life Among the Serial Killers was a fascinating view into the debate about what drives a serial murderer to kill. Although the book became technical at times, for the most part it was written in layman's terms and in depth enough to leave the reader feeling a bit more knowledgeable in regards to the somewhat esoteric subject.

Where the book went wrong were the long (at times more than half a chapter) rants about the author's life. While I understand that it is important to realize how deficient the police force and FBI can be in terms of catching killers -- and moreso, how the medical community is still prejudiced against women in the workforce -- I do not understand why the author feels compelled to push her cause in these two matters forward in a book regarding serial killers. Yes, her work was revolutionary, but no.. I am not terribly interested in learning whether or not her child did well at that hockey game.

Complaints aside, the book was well structured and a nice overview of the different types of serial murderers that exist. I came away from the book more interested in the subject than I was when I first opened it, which I suppose means I should tip my hat to this book; it was a job well done. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Fans of true crime who haven't already explored the case studies included in this book will find Morrison's work informative and engrossing. But the work falls short in providing adequate documentation to bolster the author's controversial assertion that nature (neurological disorder or disorders) solely determines who will become a serial killer. Morrison acknowledges several times toward the end of the work that there are "more questions than answers." Even though the last third of the book focuses (almost to a fault) on the scientific/psychiatric aspects, the case that Morrison presents to bolster her hypothesis seems a bit flimsy. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | May 2, 2017 |
My Life Among the Serial Killers wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. In fact, a lot of it was dull, particularly the final two chapters, and it was a book that was hard to get into, and I wasn't sure at first whether I would read it all the way through. I did, however, although I admit to some skimming over the boring technical details of those final two chapters.

Helen Morrison is a psychiatrist who studies the behaviour of serial killers. Based in Chicago, she is probably best known for her study of John Wayne Gacy, and has spent decades trying to understand what makes serial killers behave the way that they do. I don't envy her this work. I could not deal with the nearness of (mostly) men who kill and torture numerous people.

I don't know what I think about her theory (I am not going to mention it for fear of spoiling someone else's read) about why serial killers kill, or about why they behave the way they do.

Not a great book. Interesting to the die-hard true crime fan, but not enough to keep me reading - I kept putting the book down to do something else, which says a lot about how I felt about reading it. ( )
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Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. She has a physician husband, two children, and a thriving psychiatric clinic. But her life is much more than that. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as four hundred hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She did the last interview with Ed Gein, who was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards and gave her his paintings as presents. Then there was Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams; rapist turned murderer Bobby Joe Long; England's Fred and Rosemary West, who killed girls and women in their "House of Horrors"; and Brazil's deadliest killer of children, Marcelo Costa de Andrade. Dr. Morrison has received hundreds of letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims -- and the spouses and parents of the killers -- to gain a deeper understanding of the killer's environment and the public persona he adopts. She has also studied serial killers throughout history and shows how this is not a recent phenomenon with psychological autopsies of the fifteenth-century French war hero Gilles de Rais, the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess Bathory, H. H. Holmes of the late ninteenth century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties. Through it all, Dr. Morrison has been on a mission to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.

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