My Life Among the Serial Killers

My Life Among the Serial Killers

Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

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A forensic psychiatrist offers insight into the minds of serial killers, sharing stories about her FBI work with such figures as Ed Gein and John Wayne Gacy while analyzing the profiles of killers from the Middle Ages to today. 75,000 first printing.


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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A forensic psychiatrist offers insight into the minds of serial killers, sharing stories about her FBI work with such figures as Ed Gein and John Wayne Gacy while analyzing the profiles of killers from the middle ages to today.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060524074
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldberg, Harold


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Jun 06, 2017

I am not squeamish but there were some parts of this book I had to skip over. Mostly details regarding the victims. Some of the victims were children. I just could not read about the torture of children.

It was a compelling book. Don't we all want to know why serial killers do what they do? The author had interviews with some infamous murderers such as John Wayne Gacy. In fact, the author writes about have Gacy's brain in her basement.

I admire her being able to take such a clinical view of these monsters and try to learn from them.

Aug 25, 2012

The years of experience that Dr. Morrison has shines through in this informative read. Filled with often disturbing details about serial crime, they are presented clinically and respectfully and don't leave you feeling that they are included simply for shock value.


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