This is an illustration of how she oversimplifies and is grandiose. He lives in New York City. I did not listen to al My gut feeling on this book was that the author did not learn very much in her years of study. Her provocative conclusions will stun you. There are no sexual angles to serial murders. 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.
John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards and gave her his paintings as presents. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. I'm not interested in saving children's lives because I don't like working on task forces. Library Journal, April 15, 2004, Tim Delaney, review of My Life among the Serial Killers, p. One of the murders had been attributed to , who spent many years wrongfully incarcerated. It's all her opinions, with no concrete evidence.
She was initially asked by the to help with interrogating who was suspected of several murders, of which Macek claimed no memory. Finally decided to give it a try. Did you know that all serial killers come from Venus? Morrison also interviewed Gacy, who buried the bodies of the thirty-three men and boys he killed in the crawl space of his house north of Chicago. Most accepted definitions require only 2 or 3 victims. Holmes of the late ninteenth century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties.
It gives us no further understanding into the mind of a serial killer , no more than we already understood. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. 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. The spine may show signs of wear. An investigative piece written by Cliff Doerkson for the Chicago Reader alleges that Morrison's book is inconsistent with accepted fact and with itself. Bookseller: , New Hampshire, United States Harpercollins, March 2004. They are never addicted to drugs or alcohol Wrong-- see Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dalhmer.
If you are interested in case profiles of serial killers, this is a good book for you. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards and gave her his paintings as presents. In order to get her theory to work she used a very narrow, arbitrary definition of a serial killer. I tried so hard to keep an open mind while reading this book and tried to find something to like. Her provocative conclusions will stun you. And she says that being ph I didn't know that a book about serial killers could be so boring.
Because the guy was just wandering what it was like. She believes a genetic, neurological problem causes serial murder and environment, upbringing, etc. The main virtue of this book is the interview with John Gacy's mother. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr.
Basically this just comes off as Morrison wanting to give herself a pat on the back for how brilliant she is. Although I would have liked more depth on some of the interviewed, too brief on some and too long on some others. A short list of things that further struck me as completely insane in this book: Morrison goes into detail explaining why a specific serial killer chewing on the crotch of women's panties has absolutely zero connotation to anything sexual. Morrison tells interesting tales but interprets them distortedly. I could have done that with a high school diploma.
I gave up all trying half way through; something I've never done before. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man. I really think this woman has no idea what she's talking about. It did deliver interesting synopses of various serial killers histories and crimes, and parts were interesting. This book is good to read for all the information it contains about certain serial murderers, including some relatively obscure ones, but I don't think it's the answer to everything. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.