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Thursday, May 30, 2019
John Douglas On His Life's Work: Talking With Killers
Lisa Levy at CrimeReads.com offers an
interview with John Douglas, a former FBI profiler, author of Mindhunter, and his
current book, The Killer Across the Table.
John Douglas is the OG of criminal profilers.
As the lead profiler at the FBI, and now as a consultant, he has helped
apprehend some of the worst serial killers and predators in history. As a young
agent, he hit upon the idea to do extensive interviews with the worst society
had to offer: the evolution of this program is traced in Douglas’s book Mindhunter, which was made into a Netflix series last
year. To further his investigation into why criminals do what they do, he’s
interviewed the most horrifying murderers in recent history: Jeffrey Dahmer,
Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, the Green River killer, BTK—the list is depressingly
His new book, The Killer Across the Table,
talks about some of the lesser known (but still frightening) criminals Douglas
has interviewed, as well as describing some of his techniques for getting
people to open up—one of the topics we discussed below, along with how his work
affected his health, what profilers do to help police, and the advent of
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