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Best Criminal Psychology Books

Recommendations from 4 articles, Andrew Wilkinson.
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Discipline & Punish
The Birth of the Prison
Michel Foucault - 1995-04-25 (first published in 1975)
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Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner’s body to his soul. Librarian note: an a...
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Without Conscience
The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Robert D. Hare - 1999-01-07 (first published in 1993)
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Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. ...
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The Anatomy of Motive
John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker - 2000-07-01 (first published in 1999)
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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work i...
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Serial Killers
The Method and Madness of Monsters
Peter Vronsky - 2004-10-05
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A comprehensive examination into the frightening true crime history of serial homicide--including information on America's most prolific serial killers such as: Ted Bundy - "Co-ed Killer" Ed Kemper - The BTK Killer - "Highway Stalker" Henry Lee Lucas - Monte Ralph Rissell - "Shoe Fetish Slayer" Jerry Brudos - "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez - "Unab...
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Mindhunter
Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
John E. Douglas - 2017-10-24 (first published in 1995)
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He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray - for a landmark study to understand their ...
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Whoever Fights Monsters
My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
Robert K. Ressler - 1992-04-15
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Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how is able to track down so...
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Dark Dreams
A Legendary FBI Profiler Examines Homicide and the Criminal Mind
Roy Hazelwood, Stephen G. Michaud - 2010-04-01 (first published in 2001)
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The Evil That Men Do introduced readers to the lifework and the techniques of FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood.Now, in Dark Dreams, Hazelwood-- writing with bestselling author Stephen G. Michaud-- will take then deep into the minds of his prey, the world's most dangerous sexual criminals, and reveal the extent to which these individuals permeate our soci...
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The Anatomy of Evil
MD Michael H. Stone - 2017-11-07 (first published in 2009)
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In this groundbreaking book, renowned psychiatrist Michael H. Stone explores the concept and reality of evil from a new perspective. In an in-depth discussion of the personality traits and behaviors that constitute evil across a wide spectrum, Dr. Stone takes a clarifying scientific approach to a topic that for centuries has been inadequately expla...
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Inside the Criminal Mind
Stanton E. Samenow - 2014-11-04 (first published in 1984)
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Long-held myths defining the sources of and cures for crime are shattered in this ground-breaking book--and a chilling profile of today's criminal emerges....
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Dangerous Personalities
An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People
Joe Navarro - 2018-01-16 (first published in 2014)
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What makes a narcissist go from self-involved to terrifying? Joe Navarro, a leading FBI profiler, unlocks the secrets to the personality disorders that put us all at risk complete with new foreword in the paperback edition of this national bestseller. “I should have known.”“How could we have missed the warning signs?””I always thought there was som...
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The Science of Evil
Simon Baron-Cohen - 2022-06-07