THE REAL CRACKER Investigating the Criminal Mind

Author: Cook (Stephen)
Year: 2001
Publisher: Macmillan/Channel4
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780946589654
Price: 5.00
Hardback. This book, tied to a Channel 4 documentary series of the same name, provides the first real answers to the questions : What are profilers like in real life? Are they really that clever? Do they throw their weight around shouting at police officers and grilling suspects in the cells like Fitz in 'Cracker'. Using unprecedented access to sensitive police work, the book follows Britain's two top offender profilers as they tackle five grim and perplexing cases. They advise the police on who to look for, how to look for them, and how to go about arresting and interrogating suspects. They also have a distinctive style : Julian Boon, the psychology lecturer who has worked on more than 400 profiles including Harold Shipman, is a libertarian extrovert with a penchant for blazers and straw boaters. Richard Badcock, with bow tie and flower in buttonhole, is a reflective and philosophical psychiatrist with unrivalled experience of violent offenders. The cases include the prolific serial criminal who has raped or assaulted more than 20 elderly women, and the man who preys on courting couples at a Hampshire beauty spot. There is the shocking rape and murder of a young woman in her south London flat, the sinister blackmailing of airline stewardesses in Sussex, and the mysterious killing of an 87yr. old spinster in a seaside town. As well as exposing the modern realities of profiling, the author looks at its history and controversial - most notably its role in the investigation of the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common. Illus. + Index. 224pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw.


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