Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

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"For twenty-five years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where he headed the elite Investigative Support Unit. The real-life model for FBI Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, he's had a brilliant and terrifying career, getting inside the minds of notorious murderers and serial killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam). Written with long-time collaborator Mark Olshaker, Law & Disorder is Douglas' most provocative and personal book to date. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional's worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed...or even denied. Through a series of character-driven case histories--from the earliest trials in Salem, Massachusetts to the bungled trial of Amanda Knox--Douglas shows what happens when the system breaks down and bias, media coverage, and other influences get in the way of a dispassionate pursuit of the evidence. Here also are Douglas' personal reflections on his ongoing search for the truth--from painful lessons learned early in his career to his controversial findings in the West Memphis Three and Jon Benet Ramsey investigations. Brimming with procedural detail, Law & Disorder is an eye-opening insider's account of the exhilaration and frustration that attend the quest for justice."--from publisher's description
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780758273123
0758273126
Characteristics: x, 404 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Olshaker, Mark 1951-
Alternative Title: Law and disorder
Contents: My personal journey. cAtch Me BeFore I Kill More ; Upon further review
Matters of life and death. "An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight" ; The fire on West Eleventh Street ; Burning questions
Balancing the scales. Suzanne's story ; The body in the park ; An empty seat, a flag at half-staff ; Defending the indefensible ; One individual story ; Going the distance ; "I can't stop thinking about them" ; Who should be executed?
Prosecution v. persecution, or, Getting to the truth about Ramsey. A Christmas nightmare ; What we know, and how we know it ; Enter Lou Smit
Satanic panic. Robin Hood Hills ; Damien and Jason ; Looking for Lucifer ; State v. Damien Wayne Echols and Charles Jason Baldwin ; Damien and Lorri ; Fitting the profile ; West Memphis heat ; Two stepfathers ; Arkansas revisited ; A deal with the devil? ; Meeting Mr. Echols ; The day of the dead ; The facts of the case ; Legal limbo ; Trial ; Appeal
Closing arguments. In summation.
Summary: "For twenty-five years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where he headed the elite Investigative Support Unit. The real-life model for FBI Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, he's had a brilliant and terrifying career, getting inside the minds of notorious murderers and serial killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam). Written with long-time collaborator Mark Olshaker, Law & Disorder is Douglas' most provocative and personal book to date. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional's worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed...or even denied. Through a series of character-driven case histories--from the earliest trials in Salem, Massachusetts to the bungled trial of Amanda Knox--Douglas shows what happens when the system breaks down and bias, media coverage, and other influences get in the way of a dispassionate pursuit of the evidence. Here also are Douglas' personal reflections on his ongoing search for the truth--from painful lessons learned early in his career to his controversial findings in the West Memphis Three and Jon Benet Ramsey investigations. Brimming with procedural detail, Law & Disorder is an eye-opening insider's account of the exhilaration and frustration that attend the quest for justice."--from publisher's description

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DaveCee_0
Jun 26, 2019

I wish people stop the comparing of the deeds and nature of the work and just enjoy the amazing talents that all those past, present and future will bring to the table of investigation into the minds of serial killers as well as the criminal nature in humanity and all great ones have special gifts for the work in general. It's collaboration to get the job done, Period!

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DUVIDL
Jun 07, 2019

BONE OF CONTENTION: Robert Ressler is the prototype for Jack Crawford! Blu-flamer Douglas, as he's done countless other times, simply appropriated the actions and deeds of other for his own use. It makes it hard to stomach him sometimes. Russell Vorpagel and Robert Ressler are the founding two!

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emack3608
Feb 10, 2014

The book was very interesting in the beginning. I really got hooked when talking about specific cases especially ones I was familar with. However at times the book seem to drag on as there was a ton of information to try and digest.

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nat_cyr0
Nov 08, 2013

Another amazing book, by the authors of Mindhunter. This delves into the current cases that John Douglas has consulted on, including the West Memphis Three. Good read for those who like true crime.

flyers39 Jun 06, 2013

If you enjoy TV shows like Criminal Minds,CSI you will love this book. It is about real life murders and how they were solved or why they weren't solved. It gives the reader a different perspective of people that were thought to be guilty or the public image that they were guilty,like in the Jon Bonet case. Excellent read

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