The book is an easy read of the experiences Douglas has as an agent although the content and its harsh, clinical reality is not always easy to read.
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Plot Summary. Prologue through Chapter 5. Chapter 6, Taking the Show on the Road. Chapter 7, The Heart of Darkness. He lost a daughter, Jon Ramsey, and look how he comes across.
How do you feel about this recent true-crime boom? Or are you kind of wary about it? The interest just amazes me. The audiences are predominantly women. Do you find yourself profiling people that you see on the street? Do you naturally profile people? I just look for potential problems. I see this guy looking at the kids on the pony rides. You watch and see. He started following the kids who are leaving the ride with a camera. Unbeknownst to them, he is taking pictures.
Oh my God!
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We trailed him and confronted him. It used to drive my kids crazy. Especially with boyfriends. One time my daughter came home with a boy and of course we are asking questions, but my wife wants to do more.
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From this, she gets the date of birth, address, and all of that. And then she offers a drink.
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Guess why she does that? To get fingerprints off of the glass in case we need it in the future. But really, everyone profiles. We size people up by the way they look or dress or nonverbals. But you can be wrong in your assessment like that. You really need conversation and to ask questions. Once you get some real information, you can make a better evaluation. How does it feel to be portrayed in so many popular shows and movies?
I was going through some really big cases like the Atlanta child killings, the. And then, what got us on the map was Silence of the Lambs. We have all these real cases and then a fictional character — who was a composite of three real killers that me or my colleagues interviewed — gets us on the map.
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One one hand, it was great, but on the other, it gave so much publicity to me in the organization. They tried to keep us faceless, but I was getting all these requests for media interviews. The movie wanted me in Hollywood for the Oscars.
The bureau originally said yes, so my wife and I were planning to go out there. He consulted on the Yorkshire Ripper case and helped track down Robert Hansen, the Alaska "Butcher Baker" who hunted women "like wild animals". In the early Eighties Douglas paid a courtesy call to the incarcerated Bundy as part of an investigation into the so-called Green River Murders in Washington State.
Flattered by the attention Bundy, was happy to collaborate. He suggested the killer would in all likelihood return to where he had dumped the bodies to have sexual relations with the victims and that police should stake out these crime scenes. Despite these and other triumphs, the ghoulish nature of the job eventually wore Douglas down.
His family were warned he would likely be left in a vegetative stage. But the psychological trauma never quite lifted and he turned in his badge for good in aged just It had been a long and strange journey for someone who, growing up, had never considered a career in crime prevention. In fact, the first Douglas thought of joining the FBI was when an off-duty officer approached him at a gym in the early Seventies and wondered if he would be interested in applying.
Douglas was living in a cramped, one-room apartment and the prospect of a hefty government paycheque appealed. Had he politely declined and gone about his business, it is chilling to think how many twisted killers might never have been apprehended. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.