So i managed to score an awesome haul of books for me to read till after Christmas. Now having time to read these may prove to be a bit more of an issue, with DD101 taking up a lot of my time.
“‘Criminals reveal who they are and where they live not just from how they commit their crimes, but also from the locations they choose.’
So claims renowned criminal psychologist and profiler David Canter. Fully revised and updated, Canter’s ground breaking book leads the reader through the labyrinth psyches of serial killers, rapists and other violent criminals and takes us on the murderer’s journey, in both the psychological and geographical sense.
From contentious cases such as Jack the Ripper and Jill Dando, to the murders of Fred West, Canter lifts the lid on geographical profiling and how this new approach to solving crime is changing the way police work and our understanding of the criminal mind.”
Amazon also gave it a 4 out of 5 star review.
The next book is “The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case” by David James Smith. Amazon says:
“Friday, February 12 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, began their day playing truant and ended it running an errand for a local video shop. In between they abducted and killed the toddler James Bulger. The Sleep of Reason is the harrowing, sensitive, definitive account of this terrible crime and its consequences.
In a new Preface (which considers the re-arrest of Jon Venables in February 2010) David James Smith writes: ‘It is as true now as it was then that the murder has never really been explained and the motive for the crime remains a mystery. This book, the result of considerable research and a painstaking, sometimes distressing assembly of the facts, was my attempt to offer some insight and understanding.'”
With a review of 4.5 stars out of 5.
The third book is “When Kids Kill: Unthinkable Crimes of Lost Innocence” by Jonathan Paul. Here is what the great tax avoider says:
“Jonathan Paul goes behind the sensationalist headlines of ‘child killers’ to investigate why these crimes happen. He examines child homicide in today’s violent, confusing world and contextualises it against the cruel unforgiving retribution of yesterday.
Children are increasingly experimenting with drugs and committing offences, but there are those who commit the worst possible crimes: to end another person’s life before their own could properly have begun. The cases are shocking but sometimes the path towards them is even more so. This is a fascinating exploration of disturbing events aimed at discovering what happens when childhood is trodden underfoot, and when and why kids kill.”
With a review of 4 out of 5.
The last book is “Children Who Kill: Profiles of Pre-teen and Teenage Killers” by Carol Anne Davis. The blurb states:
“Why would two young boys abduct, torture and kill a toddler? What makes a teenage girl plot with her classmates to kill her own father? Traditionally, society is used to regarding children as harmless — but for some the age of innocence is short-lived, messy and ultimately murderous.Children Who Kill is a comprehensive new study of juvenile homicide. Carol Anne Davis sets out to explore this disturbing subject using in-depth case studies of thirteen killers aged between ten and seventeen. Exclusive interviews with experts offer an invaluable insight into the psychology behind these atrocities and a hard-hitting look at the role of society in an area too shocking to ignore”
With a 4 out of 5 stars, we shall see how good it is.
I have not been able to start yet, but expect some reviews when i do 🙂