The Profiler

The Profiler

My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths

Book - 2010
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One of America's few female criminal profilers takes readers behind the scenes as she solves serial murders and sexual homicides against women. Pat Brown is one of the pre-eminent criminal profilers in the US and one of the very few women at the top of this field. The Profiler is the story of how Pat came to this profession and her subsequent career. A rare, down-to-earth account of how killers are caught and mysteries solved that takes readers on a gripping journey through trailer parks, back alleys and the pristine suburbs.
Publisher: New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2010.
ISBN: 9781401341268
1401341268
Characteristics: xiv, 285 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Andelman, Bob

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vturner55
Nov 18, 2018

A very good book that is filled with "True Crime" stories. There is a lot of detail, but I found it to be too self grandizing.

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fionanov
Nov 07, 2018

If you are interested in to become a self-proclaimed "profiler," and have your unsupported opinion heard by some, this might be the book for you. I read about a third and I am definitely not happy or satisfied in what I read.

I already read both John Douglas and Bob Ressler's books, and my expectation of this book was high, especially one of this this book's selling points is that of a female profiler.

Well, guess what, she is not really one. She is NOT working in law enforcement.
And, she solved NO case so far. Because she does NOT work in law enforcement.
IMO her "profiling" on who the suspect might be, is possibly as good as a psychic's opinion.

I do not (and cannot) recommend this book to anyone.
I wanted to like this book and support women, but sadly, in this topic, stick with John Douglas and Bob Ressler is all I can say.

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caryssaandderrick
Feb 04, 2015

This is an amazing book. I am about to start college at Walden for bachelors and masters in Forensic Psychology to work in the FBI as a profiler and once I heard the story behind this book I had to read it. It only took me 2 days to read 509 pages. It really opens your eyes in three ways one just cuz you feel you just a stay at home mom or ur just student doesnt mean you can go far in something even though people make u feel like u arent nothing more then your title and two it shows u dont need some 100,000 dollar schooling and you dont need to be born with money there are alot of things you can do on ur own time and with public resources and three it shows u a system that has failed due to funds and people willing to do the job and time and shows u that its not like everything that happens in the movies ANYONE can be murdered and it could take days or months or years or decades to catch the person that did it and even then the reports cothing and everything else could be losed or to long to be used and they cant put that person in jail

jpdanzig Apr 08, 2013

Rather indifferently written and edited work by housewife turned pro bono profiler, in which she examines several low-level long-open cases. Not terribly exciting, but she does make one wonder how many murderers are successfully identified and prosecuted. Not many, from the sound of it.

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kjreed
Feb 14, 2011

This book reads more like an autobiography than an in-depth discussion of profiling. While I didn't learn a lot about profiling that I couldn't have picked up by watching Criminal Minds (TV show), the book wasn't a waste of time. The strong point of this book is the author's comments about being a self-trained, civilian woman in the male-dominated law enforcement arena.

For some reason, all the cases Brown talks about in significant detail are never officially solved. She identifies the most likely suspect and explains why she believes the person(s) to be guilty, but they never end up charged. As a reader, I found it frustrating.

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KTBGOODE
Nov 02, 2010

Poorly written with a smug tone. Stick with John Douglas.

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